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Wane urges Flower to 'be aggressive' in comeback

Wigan Warriors Ben Flower fights with St Helens Paul Wellens. Credit: PA

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has urged Ben Flower to "be aggressive" when he makes his comeback from the bench against Warrington on Thursday after completing a six-month ban for punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia in the Grand Final.

Flower became the first player to be sent off in a Grand Final when, with just two minutes gone, the prop spilled a pass and was clipped by Hohaia's forearm, reacting by producing a punch that knocked the New Zealander out and then following up with a second blow while his opponent lay unconscious.

Flower's actions have been widely condemned but Wane said the player had "more than served his punishment" and is fit and raring to go.

I'm hoping he's going to be aggressive, if he holds anything back he won't be playing against Wakefield the week after.

– Shaun Wane, Wigan coach

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Clash of the Rugby League rivals

Wigan Warriors take on St Helens today in one of the biggest derbies on the rugby league calender. The two teams meet in their traditional Good Friday fixture for the first time in a competitive match since Saints beat the Warriors in the 2014 Grand Final.

Saints last big win against Wigan was in the 2014 Grand Final Credit: PA
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Clash of the codes 20-years-on as Wigan and Bath meet at the training ground

The Wigan and Bath players in cross-code training. Credit: ITV News.

Nearly 20 years on from their famous cross-code showdown, Wigan Rugby League Club and Bath's Rugby Union side have taken to the field once again.

The clubs have been linked ever since those two fixtures at Manchester City's Maine Road and at Twickenham.

Today they came face to face on the training ground in the hope of learning from each other's sports.

Chris Hall reports:

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