Warrington boosted by major return as Patrick Mago named for Wigan

Josh McAllister
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Warrington have been handed a major boost with the early return of hooker Daryl Clark ahead of their mouth-watering clash with Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. 

Clark, 30, suffered a knee injury against his former club Castleford at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in Round Six.

Head coach Daryl Powell expected to be without the England international until Round 10 against St Helens.

However, Clark, who was included in Shaun Wane’s extended 40-man squad to take on France later this month, has been named on the bench to face the Warriors.

The hosts are without Joe Philbin due to suspension, with Paul Vaughan lining up alongside Sam Kasiano in the front-row.

Matty Nicholson will face his former club, named at back-row alongside Ben Currie.

Wingers Greg Minikin and Matty Russell have both been named on the bench, alongside Lucas Green.

Patrick Mago named for Wigan

Patrick Mago returns to the picture at Wigan, named on the bench to face the Super League leaders.

The 28-year-old prop forward has made four appearances so far this season, and hasn’t played since the side’s win over Huddersfield in March.

Willie Isa returns from his one-match suspension, having been forced to watch from the sidelines as his side defeated St Helens 14-6 during their Good Friday derby at the DW Stadium. He is named at starting back-row alongside Liam Farrell.

Joe Shorrocks will once again partner Harry Smith in the halves, with Cade Cust and Jai Field both injured.

Morgan Smithies will serve his suspension, with Kaide Ellis named at loose forward.

Warrington: Dufty, Thewlis, Mata’utia, Ratchford, Ashton, Williams, Drinkwater, Kasiano, Walker, Vaughan, Currie, Nicholson, McGuire. Bench: Clark, Minikin, Russell, Green. 18: Thomas.

Wigan: French, Miski, King, Wardle, Marshall, Shorrocks, Smith, Singleton, Powell, Byrne, Isa, Farrell, Ellis. Bench: Havard, Mago, Pearce-Paul, O’Neill. 18: Thornley.

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