When two worlds collide: Wigan and Cronulla

17th February 2017, 07:00

Wigan

When two worlds collide: Wigan and Cronulla

Ahead of the Dacia World Club Challenge, we look at five players and coaches who have represented both Wigan Warriors and Cronulla Sharks.

Taulima Tautai

In between spells with Paramatta Eels, Taulima Tautai played for Cronulla for two seasons in 2010 and 2011 where he was mainly utilised as a centre.

Tautai began to be used as a forward more often when he moved to Super League with Wakefield in 2013.

The 28-year-old joined Wigan two years later and has become an effective interchange for the Warriors in the front-row making 61 appearances for Shaun Wane’s side to date.

Tautai won the Grand Final last season and will be aiming to lift more silverware during his time in the UK.

Taulima Tautai has made 61 appearances for Wigan

Blake Green won the double with Wigan in 2013

 

Blake Green

Former Wigan stand-off Blake Green was instrumental in the Warriors’ double winning 2013 season and played for Cronulla in the early stages of his career.

Green made 19 appearances for the Sharks between 2008 and 2009 but it was in Super League where his career took off.

The stand-off scored 18 tries in 48 appearances for Wigan and was awarded the Harry Sunderland trophy for a man-of-the-match Grand Final display in 2013 against Warrington.

Green also lifted the Challenge Cup that year before returning to the NRL with Melbourne in 2015 and recently signed for Manly ahead of this season. 

 

Matthew Johns

Newcastle Knights legend Matthew Johns finished his playing career with solitary seasons at Wigan and Cronulla.

After salary cap issues arose at Newcastle, Johns moved to Wigan in 2001 where he helped the team make the Grand Final but was on the losing side to Bradford.

Johns joined Cronulla the following year but was forced to retire at the end of the 2002 season due to ongoing shoulder and neck problems. 

Newcastle legend Matthew Johns finished his career with spells at Wigan and Cronulla

Stuart Raper was in charge of Wigan's 2002 Challenge Cup winning side

Stuart Raper

Son of Australia legend Johnny, Stuart Raper has been head coach at both Wigan and Cronulla.

Raper made a handful of appearances for the Sharks as a player in the 1980s but is revered most for his coaching career.

After five seasons as head coach of Castleford, Raper moved to Wigan where he led the side to the Grand Final in 2001.

Raper also led the Warriors to the Challenge Cup the following season before becoming Cronulla head coach in 2004.

The Sharks made the play-offs in 2005 but after a dismal 2006 campaign Raper was sacked.

 

Trent Barrett

Manly head coach Trent Barrett played for both Wigan and Cronulla towards the end of his playing career.

After eight years with St George Illawarra, Barrett moved to Super League in 2007 where he scored 26 tries across 60 appearances for Wigan.

The half-back then joined Cronulla in 2009 before announcing his retirement midway through the following season.