SHAUN Wane looks set to field an entire pack of home-grown players against St Helens today.
The Warriors boss will be able to bank on plenty of local pride in the Challenge Cup quarter-final – with a team likely to contain 11 academy-graduates.
And no where will that be more evident than the starting pack.
With Paul Prescott returning from a back injury, he is set to be thrust straight into action – a move which will push Epalahame Lauaki to the bench.
Wane, a former home-grown player himself, has not named his team.
But Prescott has started every one of his eight matches this season, and his return is likely to complete an entire starting pack of homegrown forwards. Prop Lee Mossop (Whitehaven), hooker Mike McIlorum (Leeds) and forward Harrison Hansen (Salford) didn’t grow up in Wigan but they all emerged from the club’s junior set-up, while Prescott is one of three Wiganers in the pack with Gareth Hock and captain Sean O’Loughlin.
Speaking about the influence of the home-grown players, Wane said: “It means so much to these lads to beat St Helens – and that rubs off on the overseas players.”
Kick-off is 2.30pm and the game is on BBC1.