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Manchester poised for super Saturday

Manchester is preparing for one of the busiest sporting nights in its history.

Nearly 150,000 people will descend on the city tomorrow for three separate events: the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, England's Rugby Union World Cup match at the Etihad, and there's World Championship boxing at Manchester Arena.

ITV correspondent David Chisnall looks ahead:

Shaun Wane: Flower 'has served his time'

Ben Flower, Wigan Warriors. Credit: Press Association.

Ben Flower makes his return to Super league tonight as the Warriors take on Warrington in the Super League.

The Welsh prop forward has served a six month suspension for punching an opponent during last year's Grand Final.

It was the longest ban in the history of Super League.

His coach Shaun Wane says he's served his time:

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Hock undergoes shoulder surgery

Gareth Hock will miss the start of the new Super League season after undergoing shoulder surgery Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/

Wigan and England forward Gareth Hock will miss the start of the new Super League season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The 29-year-old back rower missed the Warriors' pre-season training camp in Florida before Christmas after having the operation following England's autumn internationals but the injury was kept under wraps until today.

"Gareth will be out for at least six weeks of the new season," coach Shaun Wane told the Wigan Evening Post.

"We're fortunate that we have a number of talented second rowers in the squad."

Hock's injury setback emerged amid fresh rumours over his future at Wigan.

He was poised to join Australian club Parramatta in the winter after recapturing his form following his return from a two-year drugs ban.

However, the move fell through and Hock subsequently lost his Wigan number 12 jersey to Liam Farrell.