Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that lead physio Rob Artingstall has been appointed as a physiotherapist for England, ahead of June’s mid-season international against the Combined Nations All Stars and Autumn’s Rugby League World Cup.

Artingstall will continue in his role within the backroom staff at the The Salford Stadium, but admits this has always been a dream of his to be involved in the England setup.

Speaking on the appointment, Artingstall said: “Working with England has always been a goal of mine since I started working in rugby. It is such an unbelievable honour and I’m so excited and privileged to get to work together with all of the staff and players at England.

“Everyone has been so welcoming and I can’t wait to contribute towards what is going to be an amazing World Cup campaign.”

Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease, added: “This announcement is fantastic news for Rob and for Salford Red Devils.

“Rob has been a pivotal part of our medical setup for over seven years, and to be able to work with England RL at this year’s Rugby World Cup is an achievement that is well-deserved and speaks volumes about Rob’s ability and knowledge.”

England head coach Shaun Wane commented: “Rob is very professional and highly respected within the game, and I’m delighted that he’s now part of the England set up.”

Artingstall linked up with Wane and the England squad for the first time on Tuesday, as Wane held his first in-person training session since he took over as England head coach, at Leeds Beckett University.

England play the Combined Nations All Stars at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday 25 June – part of a historic double-header featuring the Men’s and Women’s teams.

Tickets are on sale now via the RFL website, priced £20 for adults and £10 for under U16s. An initial 4,000 tickets are available, with the hope that further areas of the stadium will become available as social distancing requirements ease.

Shaun Wane | “I thought they had a real good dig”

Wigan Warriors Head Coach was complimentary of Salford despite his side coming out 0-30 victors saying the Red Devils had a ‘real dig’.
Wane said: “I thought they had a real good dig and they made it tough at times but I thought we looked in control when they attacked in the few sets they had.
“We looked in control and knew what we were doing.”
Jake Shorrocks featured for Salford against his parent Club while Logan Tomkins returned to the DW Stadium to face his former side.
Wane said: “It will have been different for him [Jake] he was in a well-beaten team unfortunately, but it’ll do him good getting a full eighty minutes.
“I was impressed with Logan [Tomkins] he did it tough and stuck in there. I was quite impressed with what they did.
“They’re a good team and have some good systems. They had some middles not playing and [Rob] Lui is a massive player for them like Lockers [Sean O’Loughlin] is for us.
“They’ll be strong, they’ll be okay.”

Shaun Wane – “I’m satisfied with it”

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane was pleased to see his sides practice in training in action in their 12-40 victory over Salford. 
Wane said: “I’m satisfied with it.
“We did some good things there were a few things we needed to tweak at half-time but overall we did things what we practiced which was the most important one.
“We had a bit more ball movement and a bit more movement from players.
“I thought a little bit of detail in our defence was a bit off that’s something we need to fix but I saw what we’ve been practicing in that second half which was pleasing.
“I thought the two tries they scored were soft from us defensively but overall I’m happy with the result.
“I’d have taken that score before the game but our ball movement was good we did a lot of good things.
“We did change a lot but I think we looked comfortable with whoever we put in there but we practiced that we’ve thrown people in and made things a bit odd in training and they’ve handled that really well.”
Wigan now head Down Under for their tour of New South Wales which will see them face NRL giants South Sydney Rabbitohs and fellow Super League side Hull FC.

Shaun Wane – "We'll show them a lot of respect"

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane knows that Salford will be looking to get their season back on track tonight against his Warriors side.
The Red Devils suffered a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Wane’s Warriors last month in a game but he knows that Salford offer difficult opposition.
Wane said: “Salford are a very good team, they’ll be on full on and desperate to get their season going again.
“They’ve been very good this year, they’re just not finding that bit of luck you need at the minute.
“We’ll show them a lot of respect. They’ll get a win again soon, we just need to make sure it’s not against us.”
Wigan got back to winning ways last weekend against Huddersfield and Wane feels his hookers shone as the Warriors earned their first Super 8s victory of 2017.
Wane said: “Sam Powell did a good job as did Micky, I’ve watched it back three times and think our attack was good considering the testing conditions.
“We’re a repetition team and we need to practice good things and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do this week.”
Tickets are still available up until 5pm for tonight’s game against Wigan from the club’s ticket office. Supporters are also reminded that tickets are on sale for all Super 8s home games against Castleford, Wakefield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Factfile: Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils last visit to the DW Stadium yielded Salford’s first victory at Wigan in 20 years as Ian Watson’s men came away with a memorable 16-31 victory.
But, Salford have had a torrid time of it at Wigan in previous seasons. The Red Devils last victory, before this season’s triumph, came back in 1997 with a 14-21 victory with four Steve Blakeley goals and a Mark Lee drop-goal being the difference.
It isn’t just on the road against the Warriors where the Red Devils have struggled but with just 2 victories in their last 22 meetings with Wigan it’s fair to say Wigan are Salford’s bogey side. Unfortunately, Salford endured a 17-game losing streak against Wigan between 2006 and 2014.
Narrow defeats to the Warriors in 2016 and 2015 were an improvement on the Red Devils visits to the DW Stadium in earlier seasons. Salford conceded 38 points or more in five consecutive visits to the DW.
The Red Devils do have several former Warriors in the side with Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Logan Tomkins all having donned the Cherry and White of Wigan at some point.
Flanagan featured for the Warriors in 2009 before moving to NRL side Wests Tigers while Mossop and Tomkins had longer spells with Wigan. Tomkins spent four years with the Warriors with one being spent on loan with the Red Devils before the move was made permanent in 2016 while his brothers Sam and Joel still represent Wigan however only Sam is in this weekend’s matchday squad.
Mossop also joined Salford from Wigan however his move came at the start of this season. The former England international won both the Challenge Cup and Super League with the Warriors throughout two spells with the club spanning seven seasons which were split by a year in Australia with the Parramatta Eels.
Wigan and Salford have met on three occasion this season with Wigan winning twice and the Red Devils earning one victory. Both sides picked up wins on the oppositions patch before Wigan knocked off the Red Devils at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in last month’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
Greg Johnson has scored in two of the three meetings this season for Ian Watson’s side while Niall Evalds grabbed a brace in the visit to the DW earlier in the season. However, it is Oliver Gildart who has dominated this fixture in 2017 scoring four tries against the Red Devils this season.
Fans can still purchase tickets for Friday night’s game against Wigan at the DW Stadium. Supporters are also reminded that they can now buy tickets for all of the Red Devils home Super 8s games against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

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