WIGAN skipper Sean O’Loughlin has been included in Wigan’s team to face Sydney Roosters.
Both sides have revealed their line-ups for today’s World Club Challenge, which kicks-off at 9.10am UK time.
Jack Hughes starts at second-row, John Bateman has been picked ahead of Tony Clubb for a bench spot alongside three props.
As expected, Joe Burgess has been named on the left wing in just his fourth competitive first-team game.
Hundreds of Warriors fans arrived early at the historic Sydney Football Stadium for the first WCC showdown on Australian soil in 20 years.
Earlier, the nearby park and pubs were coloured with Cherry and White and soundtracked by chants and songs from the travelling fans, all hoping Shaun Wane’s outfit can pull off a shock victory.
Roosters have named superstar Sonny Bill Williams in a line-up which includes big-guns Anthony Minichiello and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
Trent Robinson’s outfit lost just six of 27 matches last season on their way to the NRL Premiership, and have been installed as heavy 1/12 favourites. Wigan are 6/1 underdogs.
The match will be played under international rules but with two referees.
Wigan: Bowen; Charnley, Goulding, Sarginson, Burgess; Green, Smith; Flower, McIlorum, Dudson, Hughes, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Subs: Taylor, Pettybourne, Crosby, Bateman.
Roosters: Minichiello; Tupou, Jennings, Aubusson, Kenny-Dowall; Maloney, Pearce; Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Moa, Cordner, Williams, Nuuausala. Subs: Mortimer, Guerra, Napa, Casty.