Wane issues Charnley a Rhinos challenge

Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

SHAUN Wane has challenged flying winger Josh Charnley to sprinkle his magic against Leeds on Sunday.

The Warriors star was out-classed by his wing opponent - and England team-mate - Ryan Hall in the last meeting between the two Super League heavyweights.

Hall, nicknamed the World’s Best Winger, scored a try to help Rhinos to an 18-14 victory.

And Wane spoke to Charnley yesterday about their last encounter, which he reckons was the turning point in his season.

Wigan haven’t lost since that Headingley defeat with Charnley playing a starring role in their 10-game winning streak.

Speaking at a Magic media event yesterday, Wane said: “Josh’s change in performance since then has been outstanding. His form has been going through the roof - and this is another challenge.

“I spoke to him this morning about the last game and he gets it, and I’m glad.

“Ryan Hall is a great player, one of the best in the world, and he was dominant over Josh the last time we played.

“Josh is still very young, and I think he had an off-day.

“If I know Josh - and I hope I know him - it hurt him.

“Since that Leeds game he’s been great and I’m happy where he’s at.

“He’ll want to perform and that’s his challenge. Across the linep-up there are some good tussles, some good individual battles.”

Meanwhile, Wane is hoping to welcome Adrian Lam into the Wigan camp for training tomorrow.

Former Wigan player and reserve coach Lam is in the country to meet with England-based Papua New Guinea players ahead of the World Cup later this year.

“He’s a smart coach, a really smart coach,” said Wane, who worked in the academy ranks with Lam. “When I was his assistant I learned a lot from him, and he was also a great player for this club - one of the best, no doubt.”