Robinson's son set for debut

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5th June 2013

Wigan Warriors are set to give a Super League debut to Lewis Tierney, the 18-year-old son of Warriors legend Jason Robinson, against Widnes Vikings at the Halton Stadium on Friday.

Tierney, who has been with the club since he was 12, will get the chance to deputise for full-back Sam Tomkins, who has been ruled out with an Achilles injury, although he is expected to recover in time to play for England against the Exiles a week later.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is also planning to give a debut to stand-off Ryan Hampshire and a second Super League appearance to teenage scrum-half George Williams as the league leaders wrestle with an injury crisis.

Liam Farrell, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Sean O'Loughlin, Michael McIlorum, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower and Pat Richards have all been ruled out of the Widnes game.

"We have a lot of injuries this week," Wane said.

"We will have to make a number of changes for Widnes but I will pick a 17 and I will expect that 17 to be really competitive. We are going there for the two points.

"Despite giving a couple of debuts I still expect a certain level of performance and the indication in training is that I will get it.

"Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney will be included in the squad. Lewis is an-out-and-out full-back. He is very strong and brings the ball back well. He has good skills and he is looking forward to his chance.

"Ryan is a full-back or half, very talented, a good runner with the ball and he is buying in to what we do.

"He is a good smart kid and I am looking forward to seeing them both. I obviously don't want Sam to be injured but it is a positive negative for me."

Wane says McIlorum could be sidelined for up to four weeks after undergoing a knee operation yesterday while Flower may require ankle surgery which could mean a two-month lay-off.

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