Piggy Backs Wigan

Piggy Backs Wigan

Former Wigan hooker Mark Riddell has backed the Warriors to beat another former team, St George, in tonight's World Club Challenge.

Writing in a new column for the Sydney Sun-Herald, 'Piggy' said:

"I'm looking forward to watching the World Club Challenge. I'm a bit biased but I'm tipping Wigan to beat St George Illawarra. The conditions will be in their favour, and they are just such a professional side. They are at the cutting edge in so many ways, like having two full-time chefs on the payroll to cook us breakfast and lunch. Even if one of them was employed just to cater for me!"

Riddell also spoke of his move back to Australia where he has signed for Sydney Roosters, and the birth of his new son Harrison.

"Family was the main motivator for coming back" he said.

"Harrison's arrival about a month ago was just the pick-me-up we needed after learning that my mum, Sandra, was diagnosed with breast cancer. My family kept the finer details from me in the early stages, knowing I'd be on the first plane home to be with Mum.

"That's the last thing she would have wanted. But the good news is that after all of the chemo and radiation therapy, she's getting much better and her hair is starting to grow back. It's a similar situation to what Braith Anasta's mum has gone through, and it's been good to be able talk to him about it. I've also got to thank the Warriors for their understanding. Wigan coach Michael Maguire lost his father to cancer last year, and he fully supported my decision."

To read the full column [click here].

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