Tomkins makes NRL debut

Former Wigan Warriors rugby league star Sam Tomkins has made his debut in Australia's National Rugby League.

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Wane wary of Wigan slip-ups

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane has warned his players against complacency in the Super League run-in.

The Warriors face Hull KR who sit ninth in the league tonight.

The Wigan boss says his team cannot afford a repeat of their surprise defeats to Bradford and Wakefield this season.

Wigan currently sit second in Super League, and they've been training with Mixed Martial arts fighter Martin Stapleton as they look to catch leaders St Helens.


Nine Wigan Warriors players included in England Rugby League squad

England coach Steve McNamara Credit: PA Pictures

England coach Steve McNamara has included nine Wigan players in a 34-strong squad for a mid-season training camp at Loughborough University.

Hooker Michael McIlorum, who was dropped by McNamara for England's World Cup semi-final last November, is among the Warriors contingent and is joined by Leeds' in-form full-back Zak Hardaker, who is forgiven after being ejected from the national squad as a disciplinary measure.

In the team - Wigan's Michael Mcllorum Credit: PA Pictures

However, as expected, there is no reprieve for Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock, the Salford Red Devils duo who were the other players who failed to finish the World Cup campaign after falling foul of McNamara's strict code of discipline and showing no remorse since, unlike both McIlorum and Hardaker.

Ironically, the Wigan players will miss the three-day camp from June 15-17 because their club have a re-arranged Super League match against Widnes on June 18 but their selection confirms they are in the reckoning for the 2014 Four Nations Series in Australia and New Zealand in October and November.

There are no NRL-based players in the 34-strong squad, which comprises a crop of hugely-promising players who have taken Super League by storm this year, including St Helens trio Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor and Tommy Makinson and Catalan Dragons' former Bradford second rower Elliott Whitehead.

Selected - St Helens star Kyle Amor Credit: PA Pictures

The players have been drawn from eight clubs and Widnes stand-off Kevin Brown is arguably the most eye-catching omission.

McNamara will return from Sydney, where he is now assistant coach of the Roosters, to lead the camp, which he feels is an important part of England's bid to taste international success Down Under this autumn

''It's been a difficult process putting this squad together because of the sheer number of players who were in contention.

"There is an enormous amount of talent emerging through the ranks in Super League.''

England squad:

D Clark, C Huby, M Shenton (all Castleford, E Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), L Cudjoe, B Ferres (both Huddersfield), J Westerman (Hull), J Hodgson (Hull KR), C Ablett, T Briscoe, R Hall, Z Hardaker,

K Sinfield, K Watkins, J Jones-Buchanan (all Leeds), J Lomax, T Makinson, J Roby, A Walmsley, K Amor (all St Helens), C Hill, R Myler, S Ratchford, B Westwood, C Bridge (all Warrington), J Bateman, J Burgess, J Charnley, L Farrell, M McIlorum, S O'Loughlin, D Sarginson, S Taylor, M Smith.


Wigan Warriors to face Hull without a specialist full-back

A selection worry for Warriors' coach Sean Wane Credit: PA Pictures

Wigan will go into Friday's First Utility Super League match against Hull without a specialist full-back.

First-choice number Matt Bowen is out with a knee injury sustained in training, his understudy Ryan Hampshire sustained a knock playing for the club's under-19s and the Warriors' other full-back, Lewis Tierney, was injured playing for partnership club Workington.

Coach Shaun Wane is likely to turn to Dan Sarginson or Anthony Gelling to plug the gap at the back, while England forward Liam Farrell is one of five forwards missing after sustaining an ankle injury in last Friday's defeat at Leeds.

Wane has included academy products Ryan Sutton, Dom Manfredi and Connor Farrell, brother of Liam, in his 19-man squad for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Australian stand-off Jordan Rankin is a notable absentee from Hull's squad as he makes way for the return of Richard Horne following Sunday's home defeat by Wakefield.

Former Wigan second rower Chris Tuson is out with a hamstring injury but winger Liam Colbon is set to face his old club after being recalled.

Wigan Warriors to mark death of teacher Ann Maguire

A one minute silence will be held ahead of tonight's Wigan Warriors' game with Leeds Rhinos, to mark the death of school teacher Ann Maguire.

Ann Maguire, 61, was fatally stabbed at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday Credit: Prince Chaponda/PA Wire

The 61-year-old, who grew up in Wigan and moved to Yorkshire, was killed on Monday as she taught a Spanish class at the Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with her murder and will appear at Leeds Crown Court today.

Wigan coach Wane admits Warriors could be 'under-done' when they face Leeds Rhinos in Super League

Wigan Warriors coach Sean Wane Credit: PA Pictures

Wigan coach Shaun Wane admits his side may be "under-done" going into Friday's Super League showdown with leaders Leeds but he expects his players to rise to the occasion.

The Warriors have piled up 136 points in their last two matches against Bradford and Hunslet, while conceding just 14, but both games lacked the intensity the Rhinos experienced in knocking St Helens out of the Challenge Cup at the weekend.

"I look at it two ways," Wane said. "We need to be a bit more battle-hardened and that's where Leeds will have an advantage.

"We've lost a day and there wasn't a real good smash-up for us that we would have liked for a game like this.

"But it is what it is. My players won't need any motivating this week.

"It's happened before. My players can get up for big games and they don't come much bigger than Friday."

The trip to Headingley is the first of five consecutive matches away from home for the champions, including a re-match with Leeds at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.

They will have skipper Sean O'Loughlin, hooker Michael McIlorum and stand-off Blake Green all returning against the Rhinos after being rested for the Cup-tie against Hunslet.

Centre Darrell Goulding is also available as Wane gets his head around plugging the gap created by the loss of Iain Thornley for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

"We've also Anthony Gelling, Jack Hughes and Dan Sarginson so we've got lots of cover there," Wane said.

Forwards Ben Flower and Eddy Pettybourne remain sidelined but England winger Josh Charnley resumed training on Tuesday after recovering from a knee injury and is pencilled in to make his return against Leeds at the Etihad Stadium on May 17.

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