Tom gunning for WCC glory

Thomas Leuluai in action against Saints
Thomas Leuluai in action against Saints

THOMAS Leuluai is aiming to complete a dream six months and land his third major piece of silverware since.

The Kiwi helped Wigan to Grand Final glory last October, winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in the 22-10 Old Trafford showcase.

He backed that up with a Four Nations triumph with New Zealand and is now hoping to add a World Club Challenge victory to that impressive haul.

Leuluai said: “It’s another trophy and we’re all excited about it.

“The more you win, the greedier you get and I really want to win this game. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

Wigan are aiming for their fourth WCC crown and Leuluai says that sense of history brings excitement, rather than pressure, to the players.

“There are expectations every time you put a Wigan jersey on,” he said.

“Playing at a club where so many great players have played – Ellery Hanley, Brett Kenny, you could go on – it gives you a good vibe that you’re wearing the same jersey that all these great, great players have worn.

“Before the Grand Final last year, Martin Offiah wrote a piece saying that the Wigan shirts aren’t ours to keep – we’re just wearing them for a bit and then it’s gone, and it’s about trying to do your best while you can, while you’ve got it, and leaving a legacy.

“That’s the way we look at it and hopefully, we can get the right result on Sunday.”

This interview with Leuluai appears in a seven-page World Club Challenge special inside the Wigan Observer, on sale now.

It also includes a ticket competition for the big game and interviews with Sam Tomkins, Mark Riddell, Michael Maguire, Amos Roberts and Sean O’Loughlin. Plus, a number of Wigan greats including Jason Robinson, Gary Connolly, Shaun Edwards and Andy Gregory remember Wigan’s three World Club Challenge triumphs in 1987, 1991 and 1994.

Don’t miss it!