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Challenge Cup: Wigan captain not expected London favours

Last Updated: 27/07/13 4:10pm

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O'Loughlin: No expecting favours from Warrior Lloyd

O'Loughlin: No expecting favours from Warrior Lloyd

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Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin says he is not expecting any favours from his team-mate Rhodri Lloyd in Saturday's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final against London Broncos.

The Wales centre or second-rower will face his parent club at Leigh Sports Village in his fourth appearance for the capital side with a Wembley decider at stake.

Lloyd, who turned 20 this week, made three Super League appearances last year after joining Wigan from South Wales Scorpions.

His only appearance so far this season was at Wakefield last month but Warriors coach Shaun Wane insists he is part of the club's long-term plans.

"Rhodri is a good kid. He's had a few games with us. It's a great experience for him to go down there and pick up some regular first-team football. He's developing through that."
O'Loughlin on Lloyd

Wigan, second in Super League, refused to allow England second-rower Gareth Hock, who is on a season-long loan at Widnes, to play against them in the quarter-final.

Strange

"It will be strange playing against a kid who has been training with us week in, week out for the past couple of years," O'Loughlin said.

"But once he's got that shirt on, he'll be doing everything he can to get London to the final.

"Rhodri is a good kid. He's had a few games with us. It's a great experience for him to go down there and pick up some regular first-team football. He's developing through that."

Wigan coach Wane said he had no problem with the arrangement and said: "We were happy for him to go down there and develop within the systems at London and get that opportunity to play against men in a tough competition.

"It would be wrong for us to pull him back. I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes. He's a real good kid, one for the future without a doubt. It will be a good challenge for him."

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