Positional Review 6

Positional Review 6

Wigan have been blessed with a strong back-row for several years and that tradition continued in 2015.

Larne Patrick joined the Warriors at the start of the year on-loan from Huddersfield and he grew into the team.

Patrick made 29 appearances of which 22 were from the bench, arguably his best performance of the season came in London when the Warriors took their game with Catalans on the road.

England international Liam Farrell started all but six games in 2015 as he continued to confirm his status as one of the best in his position in the league. A Dream Team call-up in September fully deserved for the popular player.

Joel Tomkins was given the number 11 shirt as he started his first Wigan campaign since 2011 after returning from Saracens RU midway through 2014.

Tomkins was used at Centre for the early part of the season although he returned to the pack at the start of July and he would start there alongside Farrell a further 13 times as Wigan motored their way to a third consecutive Grand Final.

John Bateman started two thirds of his games in the back-row, a third at centre and just once from the bench. The former Bradford player impressed wherever he played though and rightly took the Club’s Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year awards at the end of season dinner.

Young Connor Farrell continued to put forward his case for game time and was rewarded with 7 appearances during 2015. Welsh international Rhodri Lloyd made two appearances for the Warriors spending much of the year playing for Swinton Lions alongside Rob Lever.

At the back of the pack, Sean O’Loughlin continued to hold down his position as the anchor of this Wigan team. Captain of both Club and country, O’Loughlin added a further 20 appearances to his total for the Club which now stands at 363 games, 17th in the all-time standings.

Much of the same will be expected of the Warriors back-row next season with added competition coming from new signing Willie Isa and Greg Burke who is set to return from a season-long loan at Hull KR.

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