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Breaking News ! When Shaun Wane stepped up to be Head Coach of Wigan Warriors in October 2011, it started a golden stretch of trophies for the Lancashire club. Wane oversaw three Grand Final victories, a World Club Challenge triumph and a Challenge Cup victory in his seven seasons in charge at the DW Stadium, before departing in 2018. We take a look at all the players recruited by Wane in his time in charge at the Cherry & Whites and what happened next to them. 2012 season Epalahame Lauaki (Hull FC) The powerful Tongan forward joined the Warriors from fellow Super League side Hull FC and made over 30 appearances, before departing to Australia and signing for Manly Sea Eagles. Lauaki signed a two-year deal with Bradford Bulls in 2015 and played 33 times over two seasons, scoring two tries in the Championship. Ben Flower (Crusaders) Wales international Flower joined Wigan from Crusaders and made 18 appearances in his debut season under Wane. Flower went on to win multiple honours under Wane, including the World Club Challenge in 2017 where Wigan defeated Cronulla Sharks 22-6. Flower left Wigan at the end of 2020, signing with Leigh Centurions ahead of the new campaign. Gil Dudson (Crusaders) Dudson became the second player from Crusaders to join Wigan ahead of the 2012 season, following Flower from North Wales. The Welshman was part of the side that did the double in 2013, winning the Grand Final and Challenge Cup. Dudson enjoyed spells at Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils, before signing for Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2021 season. Anthony Gelling (Auckland) Cook Island international Gelling enjoyed a stellar six seasons at Wigan, becoming a cult hero on and off the pitch for his eccentric nature and high energy performances. Gelling returned to New Zealand in 2018, before signing for Widnes Vikings the following year. The 30-year-old spent the 2020 season at Warrington Wolves but both Gelling and the Wolves parted company in November last year. Read More Related Articles Rugby League news LIVE: St Helens star discusses his future, Rhyse Martin's Covid battle, George Burgess hope Read More Related Articles Two things Wigan Warriors can expect from Leigh Centurions 2013 season Blake Green (Hull KR) (Image: Getty Images) Perhaps one of Wane’s best additions. Green joined from Hull KR and enjoyed incredible success in his two years at Wigan. The Australian half-back won the Grand Final and Challenge Cup in 2013, collecting the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his performance in the former, helping turnaround a 14-point deficit against Warrington Wolves. Green and his Wigan teammates reached Old Trafford the following year but lost to St. Helens. He then returned to Australia and has featured for Melbourne Storm, Manley Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Scott Taylor (Hull KR) Taylor followed Green from East Yorkshire to Lancashire, with Wigan paying a ‘substantial settlement fee’ with the Robins. Like Green, Taylor won the Grand Final and Challenge Cup in 2013, before being loaned to Salford for the 2015 season. The England international joined boyhood team Hull FC in 2016 and has made 114 Super League appearances for the Black & Whites. 2014 season Matt Bowen (North Queensland Cowboys) After 13 seasons with the Cowboys, Bowen made the switch to Wigan ahead of the 2014 season. The energetic Australian made 45 Super League appearances for the Warriors, scoring 24 tries in two seasons. He was part of the side that was runner-up in both the 2014 and 2015 Super League campaigns. Bowen returned to Australia in 2015, retiring from the sport a year later. Eddy Pettybourne (Wests Tigers) USA international Pettybourne signed a two-year deal with Wane’s Warriors in 2014, but left halfway through his contract after making 18 appearances. Pettybourne most recently featured for Villeneuve in the Elite One Championship, the top division in France. Dan Sarginson (London Broncos) (Image: Getty Images) Hemel Stags junior Sarginson first joined Wigan in 2014, with his performances in his first season seeing him nominated for Super League’s Young Player of the Year. Sarginson was also part of the side that won the 2016 Grand Final after victory over Warrington Wolves. Following this game, Sarginson joined the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He then rejoined the Warriors in 2018, winning the Grand Final again in the same year. He signed for Salford Red Devils in 2020 but missed the Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds Rhinos after testing positive for COVID-19. Tony Clubb (London Broncos) Since joining Wigan in 2014, Clubb has won four majors honours with the Cherry & Whites, including two Super League Grand Finals, a World Club Challenge and League Leaders’ Shield. The prop remains part of the Warriors squad, and made ten appearances last season despite an ongoing injury problem. The 33-year-old is approaching his eighth season with the club, as the Warriors aim to regain the Super League title. John Bateman (Bradford Bulls) Bateman joined the Warriors from Bradford for an undisclosed fee ahead of the 2014 season, and went on to make over 130 appearances in his first spell with the club. The back-rower broke into the England side in 2015, before winning the 2016 and 2018 Grand Final for the Warriors. He left for NRL side Canberra Raiders in 2019, before returning home to England to resign for Wigan ahead of the 2021 season. Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions) Hopkins failed to make a senior appearance for Wigan and enjoyed the best part of his career when he returned to Leigh initially on loan in the 2014 season. Hopkins went on to make over 150 appearances for the Centurions, before spells at Toronto Wolfpack, Workington Town and Rochdale Hornets. Joel Tomkins (Saracens RU) Tomkins rejoined Wigan in June 2014, after a three year spell in rugby union playing for Saracens and England. After two Grand Final defeats in 2014 and 2015, Tomkins was part of the squad that beat Warrington in 2016 at Old Trafford. He also claimed the 2017 World Club Challenge before leaving the club in 2018 following an off-the-field incident. Tomkins joined Hull KR in 2018 before signing for Catalan Dragons in 2020.
. The Australian came off the bench in the 2016 Grand Final victory over Warrington Wolves but was not part of the side that won the 2018 Grand Final. He retired from rugby league in 2019 after departing the Lancashire club. Larne Patrick (Huddersfield Giants)
Blackpool born Patrick joined Wigan on loan for the 2015 season, as part of the deal that saw Jack Hughes sign for the Giants. He played in the 2015 Grand Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos and has since enjoyed spells at Castleford Tigers, Leigh Centurions and Workington Town. Lee Mossop (Paramatta Eels) Cumbrian-born Mossop rejoined Wigan in 2015 after an injury-hit season in the NRL with the Paramatta Eels. In his second spells with the Warriors he played over 50 times, including the 2015 Grand Final defeat to Leeds. He completed a move to Salford Red Devils in November 2016 and featured in the 2020 Challenge Cup defeat to the Rhinos at Wembley. 2016 season Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) Tomkins returned to Wigan in 2016 after two seasons in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors. His first two seasons back in Lancashire were ravished with injuries and in his final match for Wigan he won the 2018 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. In 2019 the England international completed the switch to Catalans Dragons where he now plays alongside brother Joel. Willie Isa (Widnes Vikings) The Samoan back-rower has become a mainstay of the Warriors side since joining from Widnes in 2016. He’s gone on to win two Super League titles in 2016 and 2018 as well as the League Leaders’ Shield in 2020. Isa made the joint highest appearances in 2020 for the Warriors, citing his importance to the squad.
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2017 season Joe Burgess (Sydney Roosters) Burgess returned to Wigan in 2017 after the Roosters granted him a release on his contract. He scored a hat-trick in the 2017 World Club Challenge in just his second game back in the Cherry & White, with the winger going on to make over 70 appearances in his second spell. He wasn’t part of the 2018 Grand Final winning side, but did feature in the 2020 Final, as Wigan lost out to St. Helens. Burgess joined Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 season. Morgan Escare (Catalans Dragons)
Like Burgess, Escare left Wigan in 2020 to join the Red Devils ahead of the 2021 season. He joined Wigan initially as cover for the injured Sam Tomkins, but he went on to feature in 2018 too and came off the bench in the Grand Final victory against Warrington Wolves. Escare joined the Red Devils as a replacement for Niall Evalds who joined Castleford Tigers. Liam Forsyth (Bath RUFC) Forsyth joined Wigan from rugby union side Bath, and went on to make a handful of appearances for the Warriors in three seasons. He enjoyed numerous loan spells at Swinton Lions before joining Leigh Centurions in 2019. He rejoined Swinton on a permanent deal and will feature for them in 2021. Thomas Leuluai (New Zealand Warriors) New Zealand star Leuluai is one of a number of players to have multiple spells at Wigan, and rejoined the club in 2017 after three years playing in his native homeland. Leuluai captained the side in the absence of regular skipper Sean O’Loughlin as the Warriors won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2020. The Kiwi also featured in the 2020 Grand Final defeat to St. Helens. Romain Navarrete (Catalans Dragons) Navarrete started at prop in the 2018 Grand Final victory over Warrington Wolves in what was a highlight moment for the French international in his time at the club. He had loan spells at Catalans Dragons, Swinton Lions and Wakefield Trinity before joining London Broncos permanently ahead of the 2021 season. 2018 season Gabriel Hamlin (South Sydney Rabbitohs) Hamlin featured for the Warriors during the 2018 season, making his Super League debut against Hull KR. Hamlin was banned from rugby league by UK anti-doping for two years following a positive drugs test in February 2019. The ban ended on the 7th February this year. Joe Greenwood (Gold Coast Titans) The Oldham born back-rower came to Wigan alongside Gold Coast teammate Dan Sarginson for the 2018 season. Greenwood was part of the side that was victorious in the 2018 Grand Final, but also featured in the defeat against St. Helens two years later. The England international has signed a two-year contract with Huddersfield Giants ahead of the 2021 season. Chris Hankinson (Swinton Lions) Hankinson joined on a two-year deal from dual registration partners Swinton Lions in 2018. The majority of his game time for the Warriors came in 2019, where he made 18 appearances, scoring two tries. He is currently on loan with the London Broncos for the 2021 Betfred Championship season.