Wigan coach Shaun Wane will have his players motivated by the chance to make history in Saturday morning's World Club Challenge in Sydney.Read the full story ›
Granada Reports' Chris Hall reports from Sydney where domestic Super League champions Wigan Warriors are preparing to take on top Australian side the Sydney Roosters.
Former Wigan Warriors coach, Michael Maguire has backed his old club to pull off a shock win at the World Club Challenge in Sydney.
Maguire led the Warriors to the Super League title in 2010 but was unable to topple St George at the DW Stadium to take the global crown.
This week he's allowed Wigan to use the training facilities of his new club, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and has even let the two teams train against each other to help the Warriors prepare for the intensity of Saturday night's clash with Sydney Roosters.
Travelling to their opponents' back yard will make Wigan clear underdogs at the Allianz Arena. But Maguire says that, despite losing key players like Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards over the winter, they have the talent to beat Australian champions Sydney Roosters.
"They did really well against us in training, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform.
"I definitely miss everything we did over in Wigan. We had some fantastic times there and with some fantastic people but it's good to be home with family.
"It's great to see that there's still a little bit there of what I put in place but full credit to Shaun Wane for taking the team on. Winning the Challenge Cup and Super League trophy in the same season was a tremendous achievement. I'd love to see them win this weekend."
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The squad are out in Australia ahead the showdown with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.
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