Wigan Warriors' Harrison Hansen cleared for Wembley

Carnegie Challenge Cup Final

Venue:
Wembley
Date:
Saturday, 27 August
Kick-off:
1430 BST
Coverage:
Watch live on BBC 1 and BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Leeds; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles
Harrison Hansen
Hansen (centre) missed last season's climax with a shoulder injury

Wigan's Harrison Hansen has been cleared to play in Saturday's Challenge Cup final after being found not guilty by the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee.

Hansen had been charged with a grade B offence for making dangerous contact.

But Warrington forward David Solomona was handed a one-match ban for the same offence against Bradford on Saturday.

And St Helens forward Jon Wilkin picked up a one-match ban for tripping Kris Welham in Sunday's defeat by Hull KR.

If Hansen had been found guilty for his 25th-minute challenge on Bradford forward Andy Lynch during Friday's 60-12 victory, he would have missed the Wembley meeting with Leeds.

Instead, home grown local talent Hansen, who has missed only one of the champions' last 13 matches, has simply added to coach Michael Maguire's selection headache.

With only long-term absentee Stuart Fielden and short-term signing Ben Cross unavailable through injury, Maguire has Paul Prescott, Gareth Hock and Liam Farrell all competing for a place in the Wigan pack.

"I've got a pretty tough job in picking which squad I'm going to go with, with all the players I've got available," said Maguire.

"It's going to be back to what I'm seeing at training this week to determine which way I'm going to go.

"I'm pretty close to it but I want to see what people do in training. Unfortunately I can only put 17 into the squad.

"Telling someone they're not playing is probably the worst thing as a coach you have to do but I give them a complete understanding and hopefully they'll buy into it."

Maguire, who will announce his 19-man squad on Thursday, is unlikely to reveal his actual line-up until an hour before kick-off.

Although Leeds have injury concerns over centres Kallum Watkins and Carl Ablett, Maguire is certainly not fooled by the shock 32-22 loss suffered by last year's Challenge Cup runners-up at coach Brian McDermott's old club Harlequins on Saturday.

"We're not looking too much into that result," said Maguire. "Leeds obviously had a number rested there.

"We know they're a very capable team. They've been leading the comp for a long time before I got here.

"They've got players who know how to play in these type of games. But we're really focusing on what we need to do and to be at our best."

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