Wane: Watching Wembley final would be too painful

Shaun Wane will snub today's Challenge Cup Final.

Saturday, 27th August 2016, 7:04 am
Shaun Wane with the Challenge Cup in 2013

Warrington and Hull FC, the two sides above Wigan in the Super League table, will meet at Wembley this afternoon to compete for the famous trophy.

Wigan, last Cup winners in 2013, were knocked out of the competition by Hull FC in the semi-final stage.

And Wane said: “When Wembley is on I will be in the middle of Scotland with my dogs and my wife.

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Warrington captain Chris Hill, one of several Wiganers in the Wolves squad, with Orrell St Peter's Year 7 captain Ryan Wood, who will play in the curtain-raiser

“It would be too painful, I’d be too jealous, too angry. I don’t think many of my players will watch it either.” This is the first time Warrington and Hull FC have met in the Challenge Cup Final, and Wane would prefer the Wolves to take the prize.

“As much as I like Lee Radford and his team, I’d like the trophy to come back over here (to the north west),” he said.

A draw would result in a replay at Huddersfield next month.

There is local interest today, with Wiganers Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Jack Hughes, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer and Chris Hill in the Wolves side.

Warrington captain Chris Hill, one of several Wiganers in the Wolves squad, with Orrell St Peter's Year 7 captain Ryan Wood, who will play in the curtain-raiser

Ex-Warrior Scott Taylor – a Wembley winner in 2013 – is at Hull FC. Orrell St Peters’ Year 7s face Castleford High in the curtain-raiser.