Warriors a big name in Oz, says Rooster

Wigan Warriors' coach Shaun Wane celebrates with the trophy after winning the Super League Grand Final

Wigan Warriors' coach Shaun Wane celebrates with the trophy after winning the Super League Grand Final

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NEW Zealand Test prop Jared Waera-Hargreaves has backed the decision to take the World Club Challenge to Sydney – and says Wigan will be a big draw.

The Roosters star, preparing for Saturday’s World Cup Final against Australia at Old Trafford, is set to face the Warriors in the February 22 clash.

“Wigan is a massive name over there,” he said.

“Tommy Leuluai has told me it’s a really proud club, and I watched a few Super League games this year and they definitely deserved to win the comp’.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting Wigan, we realise it’s going to be a big test for us.”

Waera-Hargreaves faced Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin during the Kiwis’ 20-18 semi-final victory at Wembley last Saturday. “I felt his shoulders – he’s a hell of a player, he’s world-class,” he said.

Wigan fans will be able to get a sneak look at what to expect next year in Saturday’s World Cup final at Old Trafford – Waera-Hargreaves, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank Nu-uausala, Sam Moa and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are in the Kiwis’ squad, while Boyd Cordner and Michael Jennings have travelled with Australia.

l PAUL Prescott and Harrison Hansen hope to unveil details of their joint-testimonial within the next two weeks.

A string of events are planned for the pair, who both played in their 10th season for Wigan in 2013. Prescott retired with a back injury. Legend Andy Gregory has also been granted a 12-month testimonial by the RFL.