Tommy Looking To Follow Family Footsteps

Tommy Looking To Follow Family Footsteps

Wigan scrum-half Thomas Leuluai would love to emulate his father by playing at Wembley and is now just 160 minutes away from completing that feat as the Warriors prepare for Saturday's televised Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final against Leeds at Headingley.

The 24-year old wasn't even born when his dad James scored two tries in Hull's 28-24 defeat by Wigan in the classic 1985 Challenge Cup final, match which has been chosen as this year's commemorative final, and Leuluai is keen to go one step further with the Warriors this year.

Leuluai said: "I was born six weeks after dad played in that final and although I have not seen the full match I have watched the highlights several times.

"It was a sensational game and I enjoyed watching rival half backs Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling, as well as my dad of course!

"My dad is back in Auckland working as a social worker but he and mum and other family members would be over if we reached the final.

"I've never been to Wembley, even as a spectator, and it would be a dream come true to play there."

Standing in the Warriors' way of a place in the semi-finals are Leeds Rhinos and despite Wigan holding a nine-point advantage in the Engage Super League, Leuluai admits that it will count for nothing heading into the game at Headingley Carnegie.

"Leeds may be further down the league ladder than us but that means nothing," said the New Zealand international.

They have their big guns back and are now firing on all cylinders. We are anticipating a very tough game."

Thomas is a member of a well-known dynasty with younger brother Macgraff playing for Leigh, uncle Philip at Salford and cousin Kylie with Saturday's opponents Leeds but the Wigan half-back is determined to be sole Leuluai representative at Wembley on August 28.

"I speak to Kylie regularly and hopefully there will be one member of the Leuluai family at Wembley. I'd sooner it be me though," he added.

Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final are available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office and by calling 0871 663 3552 until 4pm today. (Friday)

Fans can also purchase tickets from the Ticket Office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on the day of the game, subject to availability. There is no cash admission on the turnstiles on Saturday.

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