Last season placing: 2nd

Wigan Warriors will be looking to go one step further in 2015 and reclaim the title of Super League champions which they surrendered to St Helens at Old Trafford last season. Their attacking flair and solid forward pack look set to lead them into another successful year in which they will be looking to get their hands on some silverware. The Warriors are best placed to end Saints reign at the top early and they would love to steal the trophy from their bitter rivals and begin the RL New Era as champions.

Key Players:

Matty Smith will be the go-to-guy in the halves for Wigan this season as they prepare for life without Blake Green who has returned down under. They will be calling on their youth to step up and replace the halfback however in Smith they have one of the top halves in the league. If he can perform this year he could be the man who guides the Warriors to glory come the end of the season.

Drawbacks:

Losing Blake Green is tough blow for Wigan to take yet it is a loss which has been made bigger by their decision not to bring in a replacement halfback. George Williams looks likely to make the step up to become a regular in the starting 13 and a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders to fill Green’s boots. He is a talented youngster with plenty of skill and Shaun Wane has made a bold move by placing his faith in Williams and he will be hoping that it doesn’t backfire.

Story of 2015:

Wigan are a side who like to attack from the first whistle to the final hooter and their ability to quickly shift the ball across the pitch to attack the edges has caused problems for most, if not all, of the teams they have faced. If Matty Bowen, Josh Charnley, Anthony Gelling, Dan Sarginson and Joe Burgess can hit devastating form out wide it will be a good year for the Warriors. They have plenty of tries in the side and their desire to avenge last year’s defeat to bitter rivals St Helens could see them end the year holding aloft at least one trophy.

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My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL