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Iain Thornley | Wigan Warriors

21. Iain Thornley


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Player Profile


Position: Centre/Winger
Date of birth: 11/09/1991
Previous club: Leigh Centurions
Heritage number: 1039
Wigan Debut: vs Wakefield (A), wing, won 52-10 at Belle Vue 08/07/2012


Challenge Cup: 2013, 2022
League Leaders’ Shield: 2023
Super League: 2013


  • Thornley rejoined Wigan on a two-year deal with an option for a third year.
  • Starting out in Wigan’s Academy system, Thornley – aged 18 – switched codes to Rugby Union to joins Sale Sharks.
  • After playing for Sale and a stint at Leeds Carnegie, he re-joined Wigan and went on to play 45 games and score 30 tries in his four seasons at the Club between 2012 and 2015.
  • He was part of the 2013 double winning team and became a Super League and Challenge Cup winner.
  • Since leaving Wigan in 2015, Thornley has played for Hull KR, Catalans Dragons and most recently Leigh Centurions.
  • In May 2022 after returning to the club after 7 years, Thornley was part of the winning side against Huddersfield Giants in the Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
  • The 2022 season saw Thornley have intermittent spells in the side due to a number of injuries, as he made 9 appearances for the club and crossed for two tries.

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