The most famous name in the game will change ownership today, with the long-awaited take-over of Wigan by the Harlequins' chairman, Ian Lenagan. The club have called a press conference for this morning at which they will confirm that Lenagan, a lifelong Wigan supporter before becoming involved with the London operation, has bought a controlling interest from Dave Whelan and Maurice Lindsay.
Joe Lydon, one of Wigan's star players during their golden era in the late '80s and early '90s, will return as the chief executive after eight years in rugby union.
The deal has been delayed by the new regime's need for watertight guarantees over the future use of the JJB Stadium. That has left them well behind their Super League rivals in recruiting for next season, when they will need to replace three of their overseas players – Bryan Fletcher, Shane Millard and David Vaealiki.
The Australian referee, Tony Archer, is to take charge of the Gillette Test Series between Great Britain and New Zealand which begins at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Steve McCormack is set to join Hull KR as assistant to Justin Morgan. The Widnes coach's future had been uncertain since the club lost the National League 1 Grand Final and went into administration, and he handed in his resignation yesterday.Reuse content