Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce that the Joining Jack Legends team will play in a curtain raiser to the Big One on Friday 5th September, when the Warriors face Leeds Rhinos.
The Legends, made up of former rugby stars and some of the biggest names ever to play the game, will face a specially selected team ahead of the crunch Super League fixture at the DW Stadium.The game will be part of the team's preparation for the Dubai 7's tournament in December.
The JJ Legends made their tournament debut in 2012 and reached the semi-finals before cruelly losing out to the Scottish Exiles, a team made up of former Scotland Rugby Union internationals.
Andy Johnson, founder of Joining Jack and father of Jack Johnson, will once again lead the team. Andy said: "Last time we went out to Dubai we prepared well and gave it our best shot but came up just short in the semi-final, this time we know what is required and are going out there to win!
"This game will give us a brilliant opportunity to test our fitness and blow away a few cobwebs! We're really excited about playing at the DW ahead of the Big One, for some of the team it will be a welcome return home."
The Legends will take to the field before the Big One in a 10 a side game played under Union rules. The team will be announced over the coming weeks with Andy assuring fans that only the biggest names are being sourced: "We've already got some huge names that have agreed to play and we're busy working on the rest, I'm really excited and Wigan fans should be too, we are in for an amazing evening of Rugby!"
Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said: "The charity Joining Jack means a lot to me and I am very proud of the way the Wigan Club and our amazing fans have got behind this cause.
"We have raised a mind-blowing amount of money already which continues to help aid research into the awful condition that is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy."
Fans will also be given the chance to join the Joining Jack Legends team in Dubai by way of a competition, details of which will be announced soon.
Andy said: "We wanted to do something to thank the Wigan fans who have been unbelievable. This competition will allow one lucky person to join us on the trip of a lifetime!"
Simon Collinson, Marketing Director at Wigan Warriors said: "We're delighted to be able host this game ahead of the Big One. Fans will most certainly not be disappointed when the Legends are announced in coming weeks.
"The Big One 5 promises to be one to remember and I'd urge fans to get their tickets early for what promises to be an amazing night of Rugby down at the DW."
Tickets are now on sale for the Big One 5 from the DW Stadium ticket office, the ticket hotline 0871 6633 552 and online at www.wiganwarriors.com
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