Just the words ‘Challenge Cup’ bring up great memories for Wigan fans. Be it the back-to-back successes over Workington and Hull in the late 50s, the run of eight consecutive victories in the late 80s/early 90s or the more recent successes over Leeds (2011) and Hull (2013), all Wigan fans have great memories of the competition.
The Wigan Club has a long affinity with the Cup having taken it home on 20 occasions, seven more than any other club.
Will 2017 see the Cup return to Wigan? Only time will tell. One thing for sure, every Wigan fan will be eagerly awaiting the draw when the Warriors are put into the hat.
An adopted Wiganer, Tommy Leuluai returns to Wigan in 2017 after four years in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors.
A Super League, Challenge Cup and League Leader’s winner with the Club during his first stint, Leuluai has played 189 times for Wigan amassing 60 tries.
A regular for New Zealand, even in the recent Four Nations series, he will be back in the Wigan number seven shirt in 2017 hopeful of adding to his already impressive medal haul.
Wigan v Leigh
The return of the Wigan and Leigh Battle of the Borough will certainly have hearts racing across the two towns.
The Centurions return to Super League after a fine run in The Qualifiers with Hull Kingston Rovers ultimately making way for Neil Jukes’ team who won six of their seven games.
Jukes has recruited well with Glenn Stewart, Atelea Vea, Eloi Pelissier and Ryan Hampshire all complimenting an already strong looking team.
The teams have met twice in Super League back in 2005 with over 15,000 seeing Wigan come out on top at the DW (62-6) with a much tighter affair in the return when Wigan came out on top 30-22. 2017 battles between the two promise to be enthralling.