Leigh Centurions: Wane names squad to tackle Leigh

Wigan coach Shaun Wane
Wigan coach Shaun Wane
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Wigan’s new signing Willie Isa has been left out of the squad to face Leigh next Sunday, January 17.

Both clubs revealed their squads today (Friday).

Wane’s squad features seven players from last October’s Grand Final, as well as a clutch of youngsters.

Eight ‘starters’ are missing for obvious reasons.

England players Matty Smith, George Williams, Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and Liam Farrell have been rested. Returning full-back Sam Tomkins is sidelined with injury until Easter, prop Dom Crosby will also miss the start of the campaign (hip) and centre Dan Sarginson is recovering from surgery while cut short his 2015 season.

But there are several familiar faces including Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Dom Manfredi, Lee Mossop and Joel Tomkins.

Wane said: “I’m a Wiganer born and bred and there’s nothing better than seeing a youngster coming up through the ranks and getting a crack at the First Team.

“All of the players included have a great opportunity. I remember Oliver Gildart played in this game last year, he trained hard, got his chance and ended up playing in a Grand Final at the end of the season. It’s a big game and all of the players will be looking to impress.”

Wigan’s 20-man squad: Joe Bretherton, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Macauley Davies, Ben Flower, Josh Ganson, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Nick Gregson, Dom Manfredi, Lee Mossop, Liam Paisley, Sam Powell, Kyle Shelford, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Joel Tomkins, Luke Waterworth, Jack Wells.