Wane’s chance to test out new style

Head coach Shaun Wane
Head coach Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane has hailed their Florida training camp a huge success as they prepare to lock horns with an American team today.

As their pre-season trip inches to a close, the Warriors will face the Jacksonville Axemen today in an opposed training session.

And it will give Wane a first chance to try out a “tweaked” style against neutral opposition, after days working on their shapes under the Florida sun.

Wane said: “We’ll get something out of a game of scrimmage against them.

“We’ll not be going full out, but it’s as close to a game as you can get and it’ll give us a chance to try out a few things we’ve been working on.

“We won’t be keeping score or anything like that. We’ve tweaked a few things this year and we want to see how they go.

“It’s also a good chance to give something back to the Axemen.

“They’re nice people and they’re banging the drum for our game over here, and we’re happy to help out.”

The two parties will then take in a Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game, just days after Wane had a tour of their training facility and met their coaches.

He said: “Some of the things were way out of our league financially, but there are other things we could look at taking – it was definitely helpful and worthwhile. It was also good to see they’re doing some things which we already do, which shows we’re doing it right.

“The coaches were respectful and really welcoming.”

Wane said the NFL coaches were aware of Wigan’s name and rugby league.

“Our brand is pretty big here – it was the same when we went to the mixed martial arts gym, they knew who we were and what we were about,” he said.

Wane reported no injuries from their training camp, which is well into its second week.

He has been pleased with the way new signings Larne Patrick and Taulima Tautai have settled into the squad.

He added: “We’re getting absolute quality from the players. I’m sure it’s been a bit of a shock for Larne and Taulima, getting used to the intensity we do things.

“But they like the challenges and that’s why we wanted them here.”