Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane relishing World Club Challenge
Last Updated: 21/02/14 12:07pm
Shaune Wane: Determined to do Wigan proud
Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane is targeting history ahead of Saturday's World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters.
Wane's men will be bidding to become the first Super League champions to beat their NRL counterparts on Australian soil in the history of the challenge.
There is also the Warriors' own history to draw inspiration from, with the victories over Manly Sea Eagles at Central Park in 1987 and Brisbane Broncos at Lang Park in 1994 prominent in Wane's pre-match team talks.
He said of the 1987 feats: "I've spoken to the players already about that. The one game that always gets mentioned to me is that game.
"Out of all the cups we won in the 1980s and 1990s, the one in '87 against Manly is the game everybody talks about.
"It's remembered in Wigan and I want these players to understand that in 10 or 20 years' time when they've finished playing, this game will be a really important one."
Roosters head coach Trent Robinson, who has England coach Steve McNamara as his assistant, added: "Mac has seen more of Wigan than anyone of us, having spent time up there.
"I know how they play as well. We've spent a little bit more time than normal preparing for Wigan because of the importance of the game. I think we're well prepared."