Wigan Warriors may play in front of fans in May

Wigan could be one of the first sports teams to play in front of a UK crowd again.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 3:31 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 3:32 pm
Bevan French and Jackson Hastings playing in front of a crowd more than a year ago

They have agreed to a request by Leigh Centurions to push their round six clash back until Monday May 17 - the first day limited-crowds may be allowed back in under the government's 'road map' out of the pandemic.

The game, which kicks off at 8pm, will allow some of the Centurions' season ticket holders to attend.

It could revert back to its original weekend slot if limited crowds aren't allowed back in that date.

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The government will make a decision closer to the time.

Centurions owner Derek Beaumont thanked Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, executive director Kris Radlinski and coach Adrian Lam for agreeing to the switch.

It will be the second meeting between the local rivals in 2021 as the two sides battle it out at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium in Round One, on Friday March 26.

Leigh have a number of ex-Warriors players in their ranks including wingers Lewis Tierney and Matty Russell, and prop Ben Flower.

Wigan last played in front of a UK crowd more than a year ago, in a March 13 clash at Salford's AJ Bell Stadium before the first nationwide lockdown.

The only time since then they have played in front of fans was their September match at Catalans, which had a limited crowd of 5,000.