Ford left impressed by Wane’s ‘brilliant’ team

Anthony Gelling faces up to Bath's Anthony Watson
Anthony Gelling faces up to Bath's Anthony Watson

MIXING with Bath has provided Shaun Wane with an unexpected bonus for his players - by highlighting the life-long attachment they will have with the club.

The Warriors will today return from a joint-training camp which has been hailed an overwhelming success by Wane.

During their sessions with the rugby union giants, Bath coach Mike Ford – a former team-mate of Wane – spoke about his fond memories playing at Wigan.

The former halfback was a member of the 1985 Challenge Cup Final-winning team, playing 85 games during four years at Central Park. And Wane said: “Mike spoke about what it means to him that he played at Wigan.

“He loves the club and the people and he had a great time there.

“He played at Wembley and those memories stick with you for the rest of your life.

“He really enjoyed it, and he’s enjoyed having us down.”

Wane says he has learned from his former Wigan team-mate.

“We’re always looking to improve and there are certain aspects we’ve taken on board,” he added.

Ford hopes to stage more cross-code training sessions in the future.

“Wigan have been brilliant, and challenged us in exactly the way I intended,” he said. “They are a very smart side, and Shaun has done a fantastic job with them. I’d like to thank him and his squad, and hope this relationship can continue in the future.”

Winger Joe Burgess and prop Dom Crosby stayed in Wigan to continue their rehab from injuries. Joel Tomkins also missed the training camp because his wife, Nicola, gave birth to their daughter.

THE funeral takes place tomorrow for former Wigan forward Bill Bretherton, who passed away last week.

He made 119 appearances for his hometown club between 1956 and ‘60, playing alongside stars such as Eric Ashton and Billy Boston.

His funeral at Up Holland Parish Church begins at 11.30am.