Traditional top for World Club fixture

Our image of how Matty Smith will look in the new shirt
Our image of how Matty Smith will look in the new shirt
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WIGAN’S replica World Club Challenge shirts will go on sale next month as a souvenir of their exploits in reaching the decider.

Warriors decided to revert to traditional colours for next Saturday’s match, rather than play in their radical new home strip which has polarised opinion.

They wore a one-off design for their WCC against St George Illawarra in 2011.

This new design features three gold stars on the left sleeve to represent the three World Club Championship triumphs in 1987, 1991 and 1994. The World Club Challenge logo is featured on the right sleeve and the design also features the distinctive match details on the front of the shirt in black lettering.

The shirt is designed and produced by ISC and features their range of sponsors including Houses for Homes, but is based on the design of the 1980s.

Wigan will wear the shirt with white shorts and white socks, with a red turnover.

Warriors sales director Geoff Warburton said: “We are pleased to unveil this special shirt to mark the achievement of the Super League champions representing the English game in the 2014 World Club Challenge.

“Our 2014 home shirt follows the Club’s aim to vary the traditional shirt design every three years, but we felt it was hugely important that the Wigan brand was best represented down under with a more traditional shirt design that is immediately recognisable.

“We are thrilled with how the shirt looks and hope it will prove very popular.”

The new shirt will be available in adult sizes only and can be pre-purchased online at www.wiganwarriors.com and in store at Warriors World in the Grand Arcade for £47.

Only a limited number of these shirts will be produced and fans are advised to order in advance. Delivery is expected early in March.