Rugby League: Wigan expect Hanley

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Wigan are basing their Wembley plans on their conviction that their former captain, Ellery Hanley, will face them tomorrow, despite his fitness scare.

Hanley remains in doubt with a hamstring injury, but the Wigan coach, John Dorahy, takes that with a large pinch of salt. 'We have seen how serious some of Leeds' other injuries are and I confidently expect them to perform another miracle with Hanley,' he said.

Leeds, who arrived at their base in Croydon yesterday afternoon, are delaying their choice of substitutes until they decide on Hanley's fitness. Ian Scott, the prop or second row signed from Workington Town last summer, is in the running to provide forward cover, along with Marcus Vassilakopoulos and Mike O'Neill.

Wigan arrived at their Essex headquarters last night with their Silk Cut Challenge Cup final team, plus their travelling reserve, Joe Lydon, all fit and well. Jason Robinson, the Test winger left out of the squad, has admitted to being bitterly disappointed but denies seeking a transfer. 'All I want to do is play for Wigan,' he said.

Robinson, omitted in favour of Va'aiga Tuigamala, said: 'I have a lot of respect for Inga. He's a good player. But everything I've done seems to have been overlooked. I've played for Great Britain and twice at Wembley, but that has not been enough.'

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