The World Club Series kicks off at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night, when Tony Smith’s Warrington welcome the St George-Illawarra Dragons to their home.
Heath L’Estrange, a familiar face to Bradford fans after he spent four years with the West Yorkshire outfit, is expected to make his debut for the Dragons.
Prediction: The Wolves are clearly well-motivated for this one, and the Dragons may well be a little undercooked for the intensity of the occasion. It will hard work for the Wolves, with class like Widdop and Marshall in opposition to them, but home advantage should tell, and the Wolves will win by four to ten points.
St George Illawarra (19-man squad): Aitken, Ah Mau, Creagh, de Belin, Dugan, Farrell, Frizell, L’Estrange, Marketo, Marshall, Merrin, Nabuli, Nielsen, Nightingale, O’Brien, Rein, Rose, Thompson, Widdop.
Warrington Wolves – previous World Club Challenge appearances
St George Illawarra Dragons – previous World Club Challenge appearances
Ben Creagh (2011, St George Illawarra v Wigan, Won), Dan Hunt (2011, St George Illawarra v Wigan, Won), Heath L’Estrange (2009, Manly v Leeds, Won), Trent Merrin (2011, St George Illawarra v Wigan, Won), Dane Nielsen (2010, Melbourne v Leeds, Won), Jason Nightingale (2011, St George Illawarra v Wigan, Won), George Rose (2012, Manly v Leeds, Lost), (2009, Manly v Leeds, Won), Gareth Widdop (2013, Melbourne v Leeds, Won)