Sam and George trading places

Wigan's Sam Powell
Wigan's Sam Powell

SHAUN Wane has shuffled two key roles for tomorrow’s game at London.

Stand-off Sam Powell and hooker George Williams have switched positions for the Warriors, who will be without captain Sean O’Loughlin.

Powell is no stranger to the No.9 role, while Williams – who has played mainly at hooker this season – admits halfback is his preferred position.

With first-choice stand-off Blake Green leaving at the end of the summer, Wane wants to give both players a fair shot at proving their abilities in the play-maker role.

And he sees the trip to the capital as a good chance to look at his options, with Powell at dummy-half and teenager Williams calling the shots at No.6. He explained: “I see both as halfbacks who can play hooker, so I’m giving them both a go at each role.”

Williams and Powell are both halfbacks by nature but with first-choice stand-off Blake Green and hooker Mike McIlorum sidelined by injury, both have been given extended runs in the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, O’Loughlin will sit out the trip to The Hive with a slight hamstring injury that’s “not worth risking”, says Wane.

His departure is offset by the return of Liam Farrell (suspension), Tony Clubb and Eddy Pettybourne (injury).

London have made six changes to the squad beaten 42-24 by Widnes last Saturday. Ben Farrar, Jordan Atkins, Thomas Minns, Maxime Herold, Jon Wallace and Joel Wicks return – Wigan’s on-loan prop James Greenwood is among those who miss out.

London’s 19-man squad: Atkins, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Griffin, Herold, Krasniqi, Lovell, Macani, Minns, Moore, O’Callaghan, Slyney, Solomona, Vea, Wallace, Wicks.

Wigan: Bowen; Charnley, Gelling, Sarginson, Burgess; Williams, Smith; Dudson, Powell, Crosby, Farrell, Bateman, Clubb. Subs: Hughes, Burke, Taylor, Pettybourne.