Wane: A friendly now would hinder us

Shaun Wane's players will be training over Christmas
Shaun Wane's players will be training over Christmas

SHAUN Wane has no plans to try and revive Wigan’s festive friendlies.

Five Super League rivals will be in action today or tomorrow and, with fans counting down the days to the new season, many of them may look on with a degree of envy.

Warriors haven’t played a Christmas friendly for several years but Warriors coach Wane says a match now would be a hindrance to their pre-season preparations.

“I’ve obviously not got long with my full team anyway and we’ve still got the England internationals to come back in, and a few players recovering from injuries as well,” said Wane.

“I know others are playing friendlies but trying to put a team together for a game would be a hindrance for us, so it suits us fine.”

Wane gave his players Christmas off to spend it with their families.

But in a change of tact, they are training this week as usual.

“I gave the players a week off last year, but this year is different,” said Wane.

“Everyone is a bit angry about what we’ve got out of the last couple seasons (finishing with Grand Final defeats).

“They made a lot of sacrifices last year and worked really hard. But professional sport being the way it is, it’s often decided by really fine margins and you need to make sure you’re on the better side of those fine margins.

“Whether training between Christmas and New Year makes a difference or not, I’m not sure.

“But you’d hope those little one per centers will have an effect.”