Match Preview: Salford

Rugby League finally returns to the DW Stadium this Sunday (3pm K.O.) as we celebrate the career of Sam Powell with his testimonial match as we face off against Salford Red Devils.

This season will see the Wigan icon enter his 11th consecutive year of professional Rugby League since making his debut in 2012, joining the academy aged just 16. The match will be a celebration of his success and loyalty at the club, which includes two Super League Grand Final victories (2016 & 2018), a World Club Challenge (2017) and two League Leaders’ Shields (2012 & 2020).

Pre Match

The fixture will see a return of the Robin Park fan village from 11am, where you can soak up the pre-match atmosphere and shop all things Warriors merch, including the exclusively designed Sam Powell Testimonial shirt and newly released alternate kit.

Shortly before the game, the players will do their appreciation walk through the village, where you can cheer them on as they make their way across the DW.

Wigan Warriors Academy are also in action on Sunday (11:30am K.O.) at Robin Park Arena, with FREE ENTRY for all ages as they take on the Salford Red Devils’ Academy team.

Tickets for the Golden Gamble half time draw will also be available to purchase around the ground, with a variety of prizes to be won including a SIGNED Sam Powell Testimonial shirt. Tickets only £1!

The Official Club Store at Robin Park Arena will be open from 11am, where you can shop for Warriors merchandise, including exclusive Sam Powell testimonial shirts and programmes!

Squad News

Wigan’s named 25 man-squad features exclusively first team players for the first time this pre-season.


Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Paul Rowley, also named his squad on Friday afternoon.

Match Official

The man in the middle on Sunday afternoon will be Liam Moore.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 16/06/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 10 – Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers – The Mobile Rocket Stadium, Wakefield, England – Referee, Liam Moore, Ronseal, branding.

Coach Quotes

Speaking to Wigan TV, Assistant Coach Sean O’Loughlin said: “It’s huge for him to get the acknowledgement for the service he’s given to the club and Rugby League.”

“They’re not so much linked together, the testimonial and the playing side of things, but its just nice if they both go well! There’s a lot going on behind the scenes for Sam and I know he’s got a really strong committee that keeps the pressure off him and allow him to concentrate on Rugby.”

He added: “Sam’s had a great pre-season so hopefully he has a good time on and off the pitch”.

Ticket Info

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults – £20
  • Concessions – £15
  • Children (Under-18s) – £10
  • Children (Under-8s) – FREE

How to Buy

Please note that 2023 season tickets are not eligible to use for this game. You can buy tickets for the game in any of these three ways:

  • Buy online by clicking HERE.
  • Call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111 (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri).
  • Visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office in person (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri).

Pay on the gate is available; tickets must be bought in advance to gain entry to the stadium.

How to Follow

Wigan TV

The match is being shown LIVE on Wigan TV, with highlights and match reaction also available on Wigan TV following the result. Not a subscriber? Find out more HERE.

Social Media

As an alternative to following the game, Wigan fans can keep up-to-date with every piece of the action via our social media channels and website,

  • Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
  • Website ( – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Saturday 04 February 2023