24-page Wembley supplement in this week’s Observer

The Wigan Warriors squad ahead of the Challenge Cup final
The Wigan Warriors squad ahead of the Challenge Cup final

SIR Bradley Wiggins compared pulling on the Wigan shirt to representing Great Britain at the Olympics ahead of their Wembley showdown with Hull FC.

In a Wigan Observer exclusive, the Tour de France hero opens up about his love for the Warriors.

The wide-ranging interview covers their dip in form, being motivated for big occasions and his excitement at the trip to Wembley.

“When they pull their number on this Saturday, they should feel special because they’ve been chosen to represent the biggest rugby league club in the world at Wembley,” he said.

His interview is included in a special Challenge Cup supplement, inside this week’s 152-page Wigan Observer – the biggest ever edition in the newspaper’s proud 160-year history.

Man of Steel Sam Tomkins addresses claims he has faked injuries over the past few weeks, and reveals what’s really driving him to Cup glory this weekend.

“People have been on Twitter saying, ‘What’s your excuse?’ and saying my mind’s elsewhere,” he said.

“When I’ve not played this year, it’s been because I’ve been too injured.”

Shaun Wane looks back on his first venture into coaching – when only four teenagers turned up for training – and his rise to the top.

“Did I ever imagine I would be coaching Wigan at Wembley?” Wane enthuses. “No. Never. Never ever.”

Meanwhile there is an update on the club’s pursuit of Aussie superstar Matty Bowen.

And with Saturday’s game evoking memories of the 1985 epic, legend Brett Kenny opens up about that special Wembley day.

There are also interviews with Pat Richards, Sean O’Loughlin, Blake Green, Ian Lenagan, Matty Smith and many more.

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