WARRIORS players have three games to convince Shaun Wane they deserve a place in his Wembley line-up.
As Wigan gear up to snatch Super League’s top spot back from Huddersfield Giants, the Warriors boss sees competition for places as the ideal way for the team to string performances together.
He also faces the unusual selection headache of having most of his forwards fit for tonight’s clash with Hull KR – Epalahame Lauaki returns to action, though Gil Dudson misses out with a knock to the hip.
“I have a lot of front rowers fit and Hame Lauaki has put his hand up and is ready to go,” said Wane.
“Everybody’s pace is up for grabs and I’ve said to the players you have three games to make sure you put your name down for a Wembley place.
“I’m going to use these next few games to make sure everyone has a chance to put in a performance and put their hand up to play so it’s up to the players now and they all understand exactly what sort of group we are and the best will play.”
Hull KR are enjoying a revival in their form, winningfive games in a row before last week’s loss to Warrington, which has seen them climb to sixth in the table.
“We’re under no illusions that this is going to be a real challenge for us,” said Wane.
“The cup game we played there was a bellringer and we feel like we owe them one.
“We weren’t great at the start against London and you can’t do that against quality teams.
“The lads are very honest and there are areas we need to fix so that starts agaisnt Hull KR.”
With Huddersfield at home to Salford on Sunday, the Giants will be expected to win meaning Wigan need to beat Hull KR to ensure next week’s clash remains a contest for top spot.
And Wane has made what he wants to see perfectly clear.
“Our defence needs to be bang on. They have Travis Burns and Michael Dobson in the halves and they throw a lot of plays at teams,” he said.