Finch will miss start of season

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NEW recruit Brett Finch will miss the start of Wigan’s Super League campaign with a neck injury.

The Australian stand-off will undergo surgery this week and has already been ruled out of Warriors’ season opener against St Helens at the Millennium Magic event on February 12.

With the World Club Challenge showdown against St George-Illawarra taking place just two weeks later, Finch must be a huge doubt for that eagerly -anticipated showdown against the NRL champions at the DW Stadium.

Coach Michael Maguire confirmed: “The news is a blow to the club and the player and as yet we are unsure of how long he will be on the sidelines, but he will miss the start of the 2011 season.”