Shaun Wane is a big part of the Wigan furniture, having spent over 30 years with the club as both a player and a Coach.
Wane arrived with the Warriors from local club Wigan St Patricks and went on to make 150 appearances for the Cherry & Whites between 1981-1990. A notable forward Wane made appearances for Wigan in finals such as the Lancashire County Cup, John Player Special Trophy, Premiership and Championship Finals. He was also awarded Man of the Match as Wigan took an 8-2 victory over Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1987 World Club Challenge.
Wane retired in 1994 before becoming a Youth Academy Coach with the Warriors, a role which saw him win 7 Academy Grand Finals and 6 League Leaders’ Shields between 1998-2010. In 2010 he became Assistant Coach to Michael Maguire as the Warriors claimed a League Leaders’ and Grand Final double before they lifted a Challenge Cup in 2011.
Following Maguire’s departure, Wane took the Head Coach role for 7 years, Wigan’s longest serving Head Coach of all time. Along the way he boasts a haul of three Super League titles, one World Club Challenge, one Challenge Cup and one League Leaders’ Shield as boss, achieving the best win ratio of any Coach in Super League along the way as he was crowned Super League Coach of the Year in 2018 in a fitting end to his Coaching career with the Warriors.
After leaving Wigan, Shaun Wane went on to be a High Performance Coach at Scotland Rugby Union and was more recently named Head Coach of England Rugby League. Wane worked towards Rugby League World Cup 2021, and coached England to a Semi Final after going undefeated in the Group Stages.