NEW Zealand Test prop Jared Waera-Hargreaves has backed the decision to take the World Club Challenge to Sydney – and says Wigan will be a big draw.
The Roosters star, preparing for Saturday’s World Cup Final against Australia at Old Trafford, is set to face the Warriors in the February 22 clash.
“Wigan is a massive name over there,” he said.
“Tommy Leuluai has told me it’s a really proud club, and I watched a few Super League games this year and they definitely deserved to win the comp’.
“We’re really looking forward to hosting Wigan, we realise it’s going to be a big test for us.”
Waera-Hargreaves faced Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin during the Kiwis’ 20-18 semi-final victory at Wembley last Saturday. “I felt his shoulders – he’s a hell of a player, he’s world-class,” he said.
Wigan fans will be able to get a sneak look at what to expect next year in Saturday’s World Cup final at Old Trafford – Waera-Hargreaves, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank Nu-uausala, Sam Moa and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are in the Kiwis’ squad, while Boyd Cordner and Michael Jennings have travelled with Australia.
l PAUL Prescott and Harrison Hansen hope to unveil details of their joint-testimonial within the next two weeks.
A string of events are planned for the pair, who both played in their 10th season for Wigan in 2013. Prescott retired with a back injury. Legend Andy Gregory has also been granted a 12-month testimonial by the RFL.