Super League Grand final preview

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves both have the luxury of naming nearly full strength squads for tomorrows all important end of season show piece at Old Trafford.

Warrington Wolves, who only finished fourth in the league, but qualified by beating heavy favourites and table toppers St Helens in last week’s semi final will be hoping to learn from their Challenge cup final defeat earlier in the season as they look to win the Grand final for the first time in the clubs history, having appeared in the final three times in the past 7 years losing to Leeds 2013 and Wigan twice in 2014 and 2016.
Just making the final is an achievement for Head coach Steve Price, who in his first year in charge has helped the club turn around from playing in the middle eight qualifiers last season to Challenge cup runners up and only 80 minutes away from walking away with the biggest price available the Super League title.
Speaking to the BBC Sport in the build up to the game Price said
                        “When I first arrived I didn't know any of my staff, I knew three players I think it was, and it's a credit to the owner Simon Moran, Karl Fitzpatrick in believing in me – and of course the players to adapt to change.
Whilst in the other charging room emotions will be high for other reasons as Wigan coach Shaun Wane will be his last in charge of the Warriors as he prepares to shift careers after taking up a role with the Scottish RU. Wane has been in charge of the first team since 2011, but has been with the club for nearly 30 years as player, scout and then into the coaching with the academy, a team etc..
It will not only be Wane who will be feeling the emotions as a number of the Warriors players will be leaving the side following tomorrow’s match.
Full back Sam Tomkins who has been in this situation before will be leaving the club for the second time. The former England international left in 2013 for a stint in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors, before re-joining the club in 2016, but recently announced he will be wearing the colours of Catalan Dragons next season after agreeing to join them during the summer.
Whilst Man of Steel runner up John Bateman and young prop forward Ryan Sutton will be challenging themselves in the NRL next season after the pair agreed to join Canberra Raiders for the next two seasons.
On top of that emotions of a different type will be felt by French pair Morgan Escare and Romian Navarrete as the pair aim to become the first of their countrymen to appear in a Grand finale, which caps of a great year for the sport in France with Catalan Dragons becoming the first non-English team ever to win the Challenge Cup.


Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escare, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Leuluai, Manfredi, Navarrete, O'Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Tomkins, Williams.

Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Atkins, Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, T King, G King, Livett, Charnley, Thompson, Westwood.

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