Waterworth in line to make Warriors debut

Wigan coach Shaun Wane, right
Wigan coach Shaun Wane, right

Young gun Luke Waterworth is in line to make his debut tonight.

The 19-year-old hooker has been drafted into the squad to face Hull KR at the DW Stadium.

And Shaun Wane confirmed he is likely to play.

He said: “Luke will play some part.

“He’s still got a lot to learn, as you’d expect for a kid his age, but he’s a good player who has earned a chance and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

The England academy international is the brother-in-law of ex-Warrior Bob Beswick, who is married to Waterworth’s sister, singer Lauren.

His presence tonight will ease the workload of Sam Powell, who made an incredible 53 tackles in the 24-12 Good Friday triumph against St Helens.

Waterworth would become the second academy-product to debut this year, after forward Nick Gregson.

Wane has said another - prop Joe Bretherton - may get a chance in the coming weeks.

Waterworth comes in for Ben Flower, who has dropped out of the first-team squad with a leg injury suffered against Saints.

And one of the backs is expected to make way for Lewis Tierney, who will get another chance.

He started the season as full-back but the bright form of Oliver Gildart prompted Wane to shuffle his side and play Dan Sarginson in the No.1 role in the last three games.

Wane said: “I want Lewis to impress me, and carry on the good work which Dan has been doing.”