Head of Youth Matty Peet says Wigan’s younger players can’t wait for 2018 Capital Challenge
Wigan XIII to face London Skolars at the Honorable Artillery Company on Friday 19th January
- “It’s an opportunity to use it as a springboard, both individually and as a team, for the season.”
Warriors Head of Youth, Matty Peet, says Wigan’s younger players will look to use the Capital Challenge fixture against London Skolars as a springboard for the upcoming season.
With pre-season coming to a close the Warriors will take to the field next weekend with Wigan’s younger players set to travel to the Honorable Artillery Company to face the Skolars on Friday 19th January.
Updating on the youngsters’ progress, Peet said: “Similarly to the first team, it’s probably been a bit of a longer pre-season than the players are used to. It’s allowed the coaches to get a good handle on the lads and we’re probably in a better position than we’ve ever been in at this time of year.
“We’ve got a good young squad and more Reserves games this year so everyone is excited about that and we’ll get some genuine competition for who plays in the Reserves and Academy teams through the year.
“They’ve had a trip to Sweden and we’ve done things a little bit differently this year but they’re just dying to kick start the season. I think everyone looks forward to the game in London as it’s an opportunity to use it as a springboard, both individually and as a team, for the season.”
Peet urged Wigan and Rugby fans to head over to the game for what promises to be another memorable afternoon in the heart of London.
“It’s a unique setting right in the heart of the city in such a tight space. The way the crowd are stood pitchside it’s got an amateur feel to it.
“You’ve got the First Team coaches and the media there, it really is unique and I’d urge anybody who is a Rugby League fan or a Rugby fan in general to get down there.”
Another group of Wigan players will head London looking to put in an eye-catching performance as Wigan try to wrestle back the Capital Challenge after narrowly losing to the Skolars in 2017.
“I certainly think in the last few years it’s been a more competitive game.” Peet continued.
“London Skolars have definitely improved so credit to their staff and for what they’re trying to do as a club.
“It’s become a staple of our calendar now. Everyone is looking forward to it, everyone knows what to expect with the travel and the field there, it’s a brilliant day.
“Players like Anthony Gelling and Dom Manfredi played in this fixture, in recent years the likes of Tom Davies and Liam Marshall – lads that have gone down there and been relatively unknown at the time.
“Ian Lenagan, Kris Radlinski, Shaun Wane, John Winder and Mark Bitcon all get to stand pitchside and take in the game first hand so close to the action and learn a lot about the players so it’s great in that respect too.”
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