Brisbane Broncos star Sam Thaiday expecting stern Wigan Warriors test

Sam Thaiday
Sam Thaiday

BRISBANE Broncos plan to field their six Four Nations representatives in their game against Wigan – an indication of how serious they are taking the contest.

Wayne Bennett plans to use his strongest team in the World Club Series.

And Kangaroos forward Sam Thaiday is expecting a fierce contest in two weeks’ time.

“Wigan are a club that is famous the world over for being difficult to play no matter who they come up against,” said Thaiday.

“I have played plenty of games in England and know how tough it is going to be to try and match a proud club like Wigan on their home turf.

“The Broncos and Wigan have a bit of history together from previous World Club Challenges and have always been hard to beat.”

The six players who had off-season surgery — Dale Copley, Jack Reed, Corey Oates, Matt Gillett, David Stagg and Jarrod Wallace — may not be fit enough to figure.

Wigan’s heavy-weight battle with Brisbane is sandwiched by two other contests in the WCS - Warrington Wolves tackle St George Illawarra Dragons on Friday February 20 and St Helens face South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday February 22 in the World Club Challenge.

Warriors are confidently predicting a crowd of more than 20,000 at the DW Stadium.

Tickets cost from £21 adults, £14 concessions and children.