SHAUN Wane will rest many of his World Club Challenge players for this weekend as Wigan Warriors return to Super League action at home to Wakefield on Sunday.
Wane took a 27-man squad on their two-week tour Down Under which included a friendly in New Zealand.
Though Sam Powell sustained an ankle injury in training, still nine players didn’t figure in the defeat to Sydney Roosters. The likes of Greg Burke, Ryan Hampshire, George Williams and Dom Manfredi travelled in Wane’s squad and gained experience in the first team environment despite not featuring against the NRL champions.
More senior players Tony Clubb, Anthony Gelling and Iain Thornley also missed out along with Logan Tomkins as Wane opted to play Michael McIlorum at hooker and go with a big bench including 20-year-old John Bateman.
Wane said: “We’ll give a few of the players a rest. That was always the plan.
“We’ll put a few of the fringe players in there, that’s why we’ve got a big squad, to deal with situations like this.
“But that doesn’t mean I don’t expect us to perform. We all train together as a squad.”
Meanwhile, flyer Josh Charnley, who scored two tries on Saturday was unable to hide his disappointment at the performance his side served-up in Sydney.
“Everyone’s gutted. We’ll just look forward to next week now,” he said.
“We started slow, second half we picked up but we’re disappointed. But we’re confident we can kick on in Super League to give us a chance to give a better account of ourselves.
“We undersold ourselves, they wanted it more than us.
“It’s been good experience, getting about and you don’t really get the chance to view the world on your job, it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”