Wane receives double selection boost ahead of derby

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SHAUN Wane has been handed a front-row selection headache ahead of the Good Friday derby.

Props Ryan Sutton and Dom Crosby have both come into the reckoning after spells out the team.

When you think we’ve got Ben Flower back two weeks later, and Sean O’Loughlin around the same time, we’re going to have a lot of competition for those positions

Shaun Wane

The academy-products were Wigan’s starting two props for the first three games of the season during February.

But Crosby, 24, missed all of March with a leg injury, while Sutton figured in two further games before being taken out of the firing line.

Wane is considering bringing both back into his squad for the hotly-anticipated showdown with champions St Helens, possibly at the expense of Connor Farrell and one other forward.

He said: “It’s good to have them both in the mix, and it puts some pressure on our middles, which is what I want.

“When you think we’ve got Ben Flower back two weeks later, and Sean O’Loughlin around the same time, we’re going to have a lot of competition for those positions.”

Sutton made his debut less than a year ago and has quickly-developed into one of the rising stars of Wigan’s pack.

Still only 19, he turned down offers from the NRL earlier this year to pledge his future to his hometown club.

“He’s still only young so we have to be sensible with him,” said Wane. “But he’s trained well and he’s done a good job in the games he’s played so far.”

Wane reported no fresh injury concerns from Friday’s 52-10 win against Wakefield. Ryan Hampshire started at full-back during that game in place of Matty Bowen, and Wane last night admitted he had still not made a decision on who will fill the No.1 role on Friday afternoon.

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham is sweating over several injury concerns.

Hooker James Roby suffered concussion in the 24-22 loss at Hull KR, Atelea Vea’s chances are rated “touch and go”, Joe Greenwood is doubtful and stand-off Travis Burns didn’t train yesterday, according to Cunningham.