Super League: Lewis Tierney set to make Wigan Warriors debut against Widnes
Last Updated: 05/06/13 12:05pm
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has a host of injury problems
Wigan are poised to give a Super League debut to Lewis Tierney, the son of Warriors great Jason Robinson, at Widnes on Friday.
The 18-year-old will get the chance to deputise for full-back Sam Tomkins, who has been ruled out with an Achilles injury but is expect to recover in time for England's meeting with the Exiles a week later.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane is also planning to give a debut to stand-off Ryan Hampshire and a second Super League appearance to teenage scrum-half George Williams.
Liam Farrell, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Sean O'Loughlin, Michael McIlorum, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower and Pat Richards have all been ruled out of the meeting with the Vikings at the Halton Stadium.
"We have a lot of injuries this week," said Wane. "We will have to make a number of changes for Widnes but I will pick a 17 and I will expect that 17 to be really competitive. We are going there for the two points.
"Despite giving a couple of debuts I still expect a certain level of performance and the indication in training is that I will get it.
"Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney will be included in the squad. Lewis is an-out-and-out full-back. He is very strong and brings the ball back well. He has good skills and he is looking forward to his chance.
"Ryan is a full-back or half, very talented, a good runner with the ball and he is buying in to what we do. He is a good smart kid and I am looking forward to seeing them both."