Warriors to face Leigh

Oliver Gildart in action agianst Leigh last season
Oliver Gildart in action agianst Leigh last season

WARRIORS will face Leigh Centurions in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, January 17 in the first of three warm-up fixtures.

The tie, which kicks off at 3pm, is a repeat of last year’s pre-season encounter which Leigh won 18-14.

We have consistently seen Wigan produce endless talent which in the past some have mistakenly referred to as reserve sides

Derek Beaumont

Following the Leigh trip, Warriors will take a select XIII to London for the annual Capital Challenge tie against London Skolars at the HAC in London’s banking district on Friday January 22. Kick-off for this game is will be 2pm.

The final game will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium against Salford Red Devils on Sunday January 24 at 3pm.

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “It is always our first intention to arrange a friendly with Wigan Warriors and I am delighted that has been possible again for 2016. We can continue our “Battle of the Borough” and look to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the game.

“We have consistently seen Wigan produce endless talent which in the past some have mistakenly referred to as reserve sides. Their strength in depth is outstanding and the way George Williams completed the season culminating in representing his country in the test series is testament to that.

“I would like to thank Kris Radlinski for his assistance in arranging this fixture. He represents Wigan Warriors in an excellent manner and it is always a pleasure to conduct business with him. I would also like to thank Ian Lenagan for agreeing to it and continuing a fixture which I believe can grow into something in the future as Leigh Centurions continue to progress as a club.”

Wigan supporters have been allocated the East Stand at Leigh Sports Village with Leigh Centurions fans occupying the North and West stands.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “We are all really looking forward to 2016. Some of the boys were back in training this morning with all the others returning next Monday, although the internationals will be back in during December, and we will be working hard to ensure we start the season with a bang.”

“The pre-season games will no doubt be tough, physical matches, which is exactly what I want ahead of the big Super League kick off against Catalans and the World Club Series game against Brisbane Broncos.”

Prices for the Leigh game are as follows (season tickets are not valid for this fixture):

Seating (East and West stands)

Adults £20.00, Concessions £16.00, Under-18s £5.00, Under 5s free if accompanied by an adult.

Standing (North stand)

Adults £18.00, Concessions £14.00, Under 18s £5.00, Under 5s free if accompanied by an adult.

Corporate Hospitality details from Leigh Centurions Commercial Manager Amanda Lee, Email: amanda.lee@leighrl.co.uk Telephone: 01942 487898.

Ticket details for the other games will be announced in due course.