TEENAGE flyer Joe Burgess is set to start Saturday’s World Club Challenge – after just THREE competitive games for the first-team.
And Shaun Wane backed the 19-year-old to thrive under the pressure-cooker conditions against NRL champions Sydney Roosters.
Burgess, who figured in two Super League games last season, was given first chance of taking the left wing spot vacated by Pat Richards.
He scored a try in their only Super League match this year – a 24-8 loss to Huddersfield – but followed that up with four touchdowns in a friendly against New Zealand Warriors the following week. He also bagged a double in a trial at St Helens.
Wane said: “It’s a dream for him, but he’s earned it. I’ve no problem putting him in, he knows where the line is, and he can play.
“Even though he’s a kid he’s very calm and I’m relaxed that he can handle a big game like this.”
With England ace Josh Charnley on the other flank, Wane admits the Roosters may attempt to unsettle Burgess in front of an expected crowd of 30,000.