ASK Shaun Wane what he is most proud of in life, and you might expect him to choose from an impressive back-catalogue of RL feats.
Being named head coach of Wigan, perhaps, or his man of the match display in the World Club Challenge win over Manly a quarter of a century ago. May even nominate the Challenge Cup Final in ‘88 – the historic first of eight successive Wembley triumphs for his home-town club.
“It’s this,” he says, motioning his arm across his lounge room in his Standish home.
“It’s everything – the home I’ve got, my two girls, my wife, my dogs. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Ask Shaun Wane about his upbringing, and it’s easy to see why he has taken such pride and satisfaction in building a comfortable life for his family.
“Growing up in Worsley Hall when I did, it was really rough,” said Wane, who moved out when he was 17.
“I had many friends in trouble, a few have been in jail, and when you’re brought up in that environment it’s very easy to fall down that route.
“There were things going on that were... unprintable. It was really, really tough. But many of the people I was brought up with all those years ago I remain friends with, and many of the characters there shaped the way I think today.
“It was hard. I remember my dad taking my older brother Tony and me to a grass verge in front of our house, and he’d get him to run at me. I used to get battered, but that’s what taught me to look after myself and I needed that. You had to learn to look after yourself, or you’d get hammered.”
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