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SQUAD NEWS: Wolves unchanged for Grand Final
2:05pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Wolves news
WOLVES boss Tony Smith has named an unchanged 19-man squad ahead of the Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday, kick off 6pm.
Warrington will take on Wigan Warriors with the same squad that defeated Huddersfield Giants at The Halliwell Jones Stadium last week, though questions remain about which 17 will make up Smith’s match-day squad.
Trent Waterhouse is the biggest doubt ahead of the Super League finale in Manchester, with a medial ligament strain keeping him out of action since the 40-20 defeat of Leeds three weeks ago.
Richie Myler is expected to retain his spot despite picking up an ankle injury last week, adding to the knee problem that has restricted him to just two appearances since July.
Brett Hodgson was the high-profile casualty of Smith’s ‘selection headache’ last week and with another full contingent to choose from, his choice gets no easier as he aims to end Warrington’s 58-year wait for a Championship title.
Smith said: "Both are well-supported clubs so it should be a great atmosphere and an intriguing game too as there's a contrast in styles; we are probably a bit more adlib and Wigan are a bit more structured in their attacking style.
"The fact that we've had such competitive games over the last two or three years also makes it intriguing.”
Wigan have named captain Sean O’Loughlin in their 19-man squad, with coach Shaun Wane expected to take a chance on the England international despite knee and Achilles injuries keeping him out of 10 of the last 11 games.
Wolves: Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell, Mike Cooper, Simon Grix, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, Brett Hodgson, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Adrian Morley, Richie Myler, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Riley, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Paul Wood.
Wigan: Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins.
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