21-man squad to face Wakefield

  • Adrian Lam has named Wigan’s 21-man squad to play Wakefield in the Betfred Super League on Sunday.
  • Warriors are back in action for the first time since mid-March as they face Trinity at Leeds’ Emerald Headingley Stadium.
  • Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors, Sunday 9th August, 3:15pm kick off.

Adrian Lam has named the Wigan Warriors 21-man squad to face Wakefield Trinity this Sunday (9th August) at Emerald Headingley Stadium, 3:15pm kick off.

The Cherry and Whites return to Betfred Super League action for the first time in five months as they take on Chris Chester’s side in Round 8 in Leeds.

Fans can watch the game either on the Sky Sports Arena channel or via the RFL’s OurLeague app, with Warriors season ticket holders being sent streaming access codes on Thursday.

Team news

Sean O’Loughlin is one of the players that comes into the 21 after Wigan’s previous outing against Salford on 13th March.

The skipper has not been in action since suffering an eye injury in February’s win over Toronto Wolfpack.

“Sean O’Loughlin was our best trainer last week – he’s had a five-month break but he looks like he’s back in his 20s,” Head Coach Lam said at Wednesday’s virtual press conference.

O’Loughlin in training. 

Joe Greenwood also comes in to the squad after his short loan spell at Leeds Rhinos ended before lockdown.

Lam said: “Part of the secret to success this year is your recovery and the size of your squad. It will all come into play quite heavily at some point.

“We’re prepared and are treating everyone the same – nearly our whole squad will get an opportunity to play. We’re excited about it.”

Ben Flower is still unavailable after receiving a two-match penalty notice for Grade C Dangerous Contact against Hull KR in Round 6.

Ollie Partington also misses out after receiving a four-match ban for Grade D Dangerous Contact in the same game in early March.

Prop Tony Clubb has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a neck injury.

The 33-year-old, who had neck surgery in 2016, played in Wigan’s win at Huddersfield in March but missed the following two matches with a shoulder injury.

Lam said: “He has a bulging vertebrae in his neck, he’s had an issue in the past and it’s flared up.

“We’ve got to take a precaution there; we’ll probably know a bit more within a week. We’re hoping he’s going to be okay.”

Centre Oliver Gildart will also miss out as he continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder sustained last Autumn on Great Britain’s tour of New Zealand.

21-man squad to face Wakefield

1. Zak Hardaker
2. Liam Marshall
3. Chris Hankinson
5. Joe Burgess
6. Bevan French
7. Tommy Leuluai
9. Sam Powell
10. George Burgess
11. Willie Isa
12. Liam Farrell
13. Sean O’Loughlin
15. Joe Greenwood
16. Morgan Smithies
19. Joe Bullock
20. Liam Byrne
21. Dom Manfredi
22. Mitch Clark
23. Jake Bibby
28. Harry Smith
30. Ethan Havard
31. Jackson Hastings

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