Lockers fit for World Club Challenge

Sean O'Loughlin
Sean O'Loughlin
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SEAN O’Loughlin has declared himself fit for the the World Club Challenge.

He passed a fitness test on a hamstring injury which had made him a doubt to face the Sydney Roosters tomorrow.

He was able to take part in the final training session at Allianz Stadium, venue of the WCC (9am kick-off UK time), and later said he expects to face the NRL champions.

He said: “It was better than I thought, I did some physio before hand and did a session, and after that I’m in the side, I think.

“I’ll have to see if it reacts in the morning but hopefully it’ll be all good.”

O’Loughlin’s last two competitive games for Wigan have both been finals - the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final. For the latter, he managed just one training session before being included in the side and went on to guide the team to Old Trafford glory.

“It’s not the best prep’, you’d rather have a few games under your belt, but I’m desperate to play in this game,” he said.

“It was picked up in the friendly we played (at St Helens), it’s just a hamstring twinge but it’s settled down. If it was Super League we might have pushed it back a week but you don’t get many chances to play in these big games.”

His likely availability is a huge boost for Wigan - their last eight defeats have been when he has been absent.

The Warriors are the big underdogs but they have finished a good week of training in Sydney and the players will go into the match with confidence sky-high. The weather forecast is for rain and an average of 23C, which may suit the English side, and they will be backed by around 2,000 Warriors fans in an expected crowd of 30,000.

“It’s up there with any game I’ve played in, and with it being over here would make it an even greater achievement,” added the England World Cup forward.

“We’re flying the flag for Super League too. We desperately want to win this game.”