Everything you need to know for Thursday’s pre-season friendly against Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village (7:30pm K.O.).
Wigan Warriors make the short trip to Leigh Sports Village on Thursday where they will face Leigh Centurions in their final pre-season game of 2020.
Last week, a young Cherry and Whites side thrashed London Skolars 6-70 in the annual Capital Challenge fixture, while two days later, as part of Liam Farrell’s testimonial year, a more experienced team went up against Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium, which ended in a 10-22 defeat.
With less than ten days to go until the start of the new Betfred Super League season, Adrian Lam will have one final look at his squad before the Round 1 opener against Warrington Wolves.
And with just five miles separating Wigan and Leigh, the fixture, whether it be a friendly or league game, is always a tasty affair with the bragging rights of the battle of the borough up for grabs.
Adrian Lam has named a 23-man squad for the pre-season friendly, which includes a mix of youth and experience and features winger Dom Manfredi, who hasn’t featured for the Cherry and Whites since April 2019 due to a knee injury.
The fixture will also see the likes of Chris Hankinson, Joe Bullock and Mitch Clark return to face their former club.
Here is Wigan’s 23-man squad:
James Barran, Amir Bourouh, Joe Bullock, Joe Burgess, Mitch Clark, Joe Greenwood, Sam Halsall, Chris Hankinson, Umyla Hanley, Ethan Havard, Ben Holcroft, Ben Kilner, Dom Manfredi, James McDonnell, Kai Pearce-Paul, Max Roberts, Aiden Roden, Harry Rushton, Jake Shorrocks, Joe Shorrocks, Harry Smith, Cian Tyrer, Jack Wells.
Leigh are currently in the Betfred Championship and missed out on promotion to Super League last season after losing in the play-offs.
Ahead of the 2020 campaign, the Centurions, led by Head Coach John Duffy, signed Wigan youngsters Josh Woods and Craig Mullen on season loan deals, as well as Jarrod Sammut and Callum Field on permanent contracts.
Among those familiar faces, the visitors will also come up against former Warriors in Liam Forsyth, Nick Gregson and the Thornley brother - Iain and Andy.
Here is Leigh’s 24-man squad:
Ahead of the game, boss Lam says: “A lot of our fringe players, bench players and a couple of starters will get a crack there.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily worth playing everyone again, especially considering the long season ahead.”
Tickets are still on sale for this fixture from the DW Stadium ticket office, by calling 01942311111 or online HERE.
Hospitality is also available for the fixture, with Wigan legend, Jason Robinson, set to be in attendance.
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