Super League Stars on the Ball at WIN Stadium
Tuesday 31 October 2017 11:00am
As we head towards the 100 day countdown to the historic Wigan Warriors versus Hull FC Super League match at WIN Stadium, player representatives from each team will get their first look at the ground today.
Taking time out from their Rugby League World Cup commitments for England, Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin and Hull prop forward Scott Taylor will be given a sneak peek of the venue by Australian, Origin and St George Illawarra Dragons legend Shaun Timmins and former Dragons and Hull player Mathew Head, who is currently on the Dragons Coaching Staff.
The February 10, 2018 match will be the first Super League game for points held outside Europe and along with those points and international bragging rights, another title is up for grabs.
With the Warriors based in Wollongong for the week leading in to the match and Hull based in Kiama, the stage is set for a local showdown. As they inspect the stadium today, the English players will be joined by their number one local supporters, Wollongong Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery OAM and Kiama Mayor Mark Honey respectively.
Destination Wollongong General Manager Mark Sleigh said excitement about the game was building steadily and being able to showcase the stadium to both sides would only increase anticipation.
“WIN Stadium is an iconic stadium, well known for its incredible location by the beach and we can’t wait to show the boys where they’ll be playing,” he said. “When they are here in February the teams will be highly visible and engaged with the community and we want to show them that we are behind them every step of the way,’ said Sleigh.
Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin welcomed the opportunity to visit Wollongong, saying the opportunity to be a part of a sanctioned Super League match in the region was exciting.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about WIN Stadium and Wollongong from the guys who have already visited and can’t wait to head down to see it for myself.
"To play a game right next to the beach isn’t something we’re used to back home in the UK so that will be different. Our fans will also get to sit on a grass bank and watch a Super League game in the sunshine so that will be great as well.
"The tour in February looks fantastic and is shaping up to be a really special couple of weeks for both fans and players," said O’Loughlin.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM said the match is already proving a winner on multiple fronts including both community engagement and economic opportunities.
“Our relationship with Wigan Warriors extends far beyond the scope of the game itself and is growing into a long-term mutually beneficial partnership between two emerging international cities,” he said.
“Local businesses are already making connections overseas and companies are determining opportunities that have arisen post Brexit and England’s exit from the EU. This match has the potential to not only bring other large-scale sporting events to the region but to build relationships that will have positive impacts for many years to come,” said Bradbery.
Players from Wigan and Hull will also join with players from the St George Illawarra Dragons in the community during the week leading up to the match as part of an ongoing relationship to celebrate Rugby League in the region.
Wigan will play Hull on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Corporate tickets go on sale today and general tickets are already available through WIN Stadium and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au).