Liam Farrell Testimonial Preview

Liam Farrell Testimonial Preview

By Alastair Hancock

  • Everything you need to know for Liam Farrell’s testimonial fixture against Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Sunday (3pm K.O.).

  • After ten stellar years at the Club, Farrell was granted a testimonial year in 2020 and the pre-season game against Leeds will celebrate his services with Wigan so far.

  • Tickets are still available to buy and a pay on the day facility will be accessible to fans at the DW Stadium.

Everything you need to know for Liam Farrell’s testimonial fixture against Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Sunday (3pm K.O.).

The Brief

Liam Farrell’s testimonial fixture against Leeds Rhinos takes place at the DW Stadium this Sunday (3pm K.O.).

The one-club man has played 250 games for his hometown club over ten stellar years and was granted a testimonial year in 2020.

Farrell will walk out at the DW Stadium on his 251st game to celebrate his career with the Warriors so far.

The DW Stadium.

This will be Adrian Lam’s second pre-season fixture after their first came on Friday, as a youthful team thrashed London Skolars 6-70 in the Capital Challenge.

And with rugby league action returning to the DW Stadium since October, fans are being urged to come out and support one of Wigan’s best and most respected players.

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Team News

Head Coach Adrian Lam has named a 23-man squad to face the Rhinos, which will see a more experienced side take to the field, compared to Friday’s youthful team that beat London Skolars.

Here is the Warriors’ 23-man squad:

The Opposition

On facing Richard Agar’s Leeds for his testimonial fixture, Farrell said: “In terms of having Leeds as the opposition I couldn’t think of a better opposition to be playing against.

“I’m over the moon. I’ve had so many games in my career against Leeds - some of which have been the best I’ve played in. I’ve got some great memories against them and I’m very grateful they can come and play in my Testimonial match at the DW. To play it there is unbelievably special to me. It’s pretty surreal.”

The Rhinos have already played two pre-season games, including a victory at a sold-out Emerald Headingley Stadium last weekend against Bradford Bulls - for Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s joint fundraiser match.

Here is Leeds’ 21-man squad to face Wigan:

Previous Meetings

Wigan and Leeds last met at Emerald Headingley Stadium in June last year, as the Warriors came back from Yorkshire with two points after a 14-23 victory. It was a day to remember for Ollie Partington who went over for his first senior try, whilst Oliver Gildart and Tony Clubb were also on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, the last time the pair came head to head at the DW Stadium was last February. Farrell was amongst the scorers in Lam’s first competitive victory as Warriors Head Coach, as his side came away 34-16 winners.

Farrell touches down for a try against Leeds in February 2019.

Did you know?

  • Farrell is a product of the Wigan academy having played for the Club’s Under-18s and Under-20s teams.
  • He is a distant cousin to former Wigan player Andy Farrell and brother to ex-Warrior Connor.
  • The second row has scored 96 tries in 250 appearances for the Warriors since his debut against Wakefield back in 2010 - in which he scored his first try.
  • He has won nine major honours with the Warriors including one World Club Challenge, four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two League Leader’s Shields.
Farrell celebrates with the fans after winning the 2018 Super League Grand Final.
  • Farrell scored a famous 80th-minute winning try in the 2011 Good Friday derby against St Helens at the DW Stadium.
  • The forward is a Harry Sunderland Trophy winner after he returned from injury to play an instrumental part in the 2016 Grand Final.
  • He has been named in the Super League Dream Team on two occasions (2015, 2019).
Farrell’s late winner against St Helens in 2010 will go down in club folklore.
  • For the game, the Warriors will wear a special designed shirt for Farrell and his testimonial year.
  • In the warm up ahead of the game, Wigan will wear special Hummel-designed shirts for Leeds legend Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December. There will also be donation buckets around the DW Stadium, with all proceeds going to the Rob Burrow fund.

The Stats

Below are Farrell’s overall stats during his 10-year career with Wigan so far.

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Overall Wigan Career:

Total Apps Apps Subs Tries Pts
250 192 58 96 384

Breakdown in All Competitions:

2010-2019 Total Apps Apps Subs Tries Pts
Super League 196 153 43 79 316
Play-Offs 24 17 7 6 24
Challenge Cup 24 17 7 10 40
World Club Challenge 6 5 1 1 4

Season By - By Season All Matches

Season Total Apps Apps Subs Tries Pts
2010 23 10 13 9 36
2011 29 9 20 7 28
2012 29 8 21 14 56
2013 31 31 0 15 60
2014 28 28 0 15 60
2015 28 28 0 13 52
2016 16 15 1 3 12
2017 28 28 0 6 24
2018 21 18 3 6 24
2019 17 17 0 8 32

Stats provided by Club Historian Keith Sutch

Coach Quotes

Ahead of the game, boss Lam gave nothing but praise for Farrell: “I think in rugby league across the world or in any sport - any player that is from their own town and has represented their own team for over years is unbelievable.

“We want to support him as much as possible, as he’s been not only a great player but a great person too. He’s everything that the Club stands for with our values and culture. He’s a great leader within himself and to have a local Wigan boy in a testimonial game at his own ground is an honour to him and I know everyone will get behind him.”

“It doesn’t come round too often. Every professional game he has played he’s represented at the top level. When you see him in training he leads by example, week in week out, and his desire, competitiveness and passion for the team and the Club is clear to see. He’s respected higly and we wish him all the best in his game.”

Lam in pre-season training.

Focusing on the game itself, Lam said: “Its a great trial for us. They’ve (Leeds) recruited quite heavily as well and already had a couple of games - they’ll take out of this as much as what we will and they’ll bring a big squad too and the rugby should be great to watch. We’re looking to being back at the DW Stadium!

“We have to make sure all the players get around 80 minutes - 50 minutes plus at least - the squad for the game is pretty strong. It’s a big squad and we’re excited about it.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone to stake a claim as one of the 17 for Round 1 against Warrington. We’ve got some depth in the middles and we want to try and work out who deserves one of the spots.”

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Sunday’s game is Marcus Griffiths. His Touch Judges are Jack Smith and Chris Kendall.

Marcus Griffiths.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are priced as follows:

  • Adults: £15
  • Children (5-16): £10
  • U5s: Free

How to buy

Tickets are available in three ways. Simply visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office, call on 01942 311111 or purchase online HERE.

A pay on the day facility will also be available for fans.

DW Stadium map.

Hospitality packages are also available for the fixture and are priced as follows:

Cherry & White Lounge

Includes match ticket, pre-match one course meal: gourmet pie, chips, peas and gravy.

  • Adults: £35
  • Children (5-16): £25
  • U5s: Free

Corporate Lounge

Includes match ticket and three-course meal.

  • Adults: £60
  • Children (5-16): £50
  • U5s: Free

Private Boxes

Includes match ticket, three-course meal and waiter service.

  • 10 person occupancy: £750

To enquire, please call 07809 705183 or 07798 900913

Wigan TV

The game will be streamed live on Wigan TV with full match commentary. Click HERE for more details.

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