WE’RE backing you all the way! That’s the message from Wigan Council officials as the Warriors prepare to take on St George Illawara Dragons.
The Rugby League World Club Challenge will take place at Wigan’s DW Stadium on February 27 and the winners of the clash will be officially declared the best team in the world.
And the council is cheering on the team for their support for the community and the work that players and officials do in partnership with schools and other local groups.
Council leader Lord Peter Smith and cabinet member Coun Chris Ready joined Thomas Leuluai and Michael Maguire pitchside this week to thank them. Lord Smith said: “We’re delighted to wish the Warriors well for their upcoming club challenge.
“I’m sure the whole town – and the whole borough – will want to see our sportsmen succeed in the battle between Australian champions St George Illawarra and our own Super League winners.”
The Probiz World Club Challenge, is contested by the champions of the Australasian National Rugby League and the European Super League competitions.
Thomas Leuluai said: “I’m really looking forward to the World Cup Challenge.
“It will be a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves.
“We are representing Wigan and England, so we’re all prepared to give 100 per cent and hopefully put Wigan on the map internationally.”
Coun Ready has been meeting top officials from both the Latics and the Warriors and is impressed with their passion for their town as well as their sport.
He said: “The work they do in the community is superb and behind the scenes both clubs work in partnership effectively.
“They’re getting behind Wigan, so we’ve got to get behind them!
“Both our top flight teams and everyone at the council is committed to making Wigan a success so let’s all back our sporting heroes and help them help us. “