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Ray French's best Wigan XIII
Wigan's Challenge Cup-winning sides from 1988-95 were packed full of international stars.

A hard job for anyone trying to pick their best XIII from that trophy-laden era.

BBC Sport's Ray French has had a go. Do you agree with him?


Joe Lydon:
Had genuine pace and a prodigious outside swerve which allowed him to evade the tightest of defences.
Whether at centre or fullback, his tackling was of the highest order.

Kevin Iro
Kevin Iro: An unorthodox player
Jason Robinson:
A tricky runner who can escape from the keenest of tacklers and who has the upper body strength to shrug off much bigger opponents.
A match-winner by virtue of his pace off the mark.

Kevin Iro:
Six tries in his six Wembley appearances are indicative of his powerful and opportunistic running on attack.
An unorthodox player whose sheer size, strength and pace caused huge problems in midfield for any opposition.

Dean Bell:
A pure footballer and a winger's dream, such was the quality and precision of his passing.
A devastating tackler who could overwhelm any opponent by the sheer ferocity of his defence.

Martin Offiah:
The premier winger of his era whose record of scoring over 500 tries gives him few superiors in the history of the 13-a-side code.
His blistering speed, sure hands, and artistry down a touchline created havoc for any defender who allowed him too much space out wide.

Kelvin Skerrett
Skerrett: Never afraid to 'mix it'
Shaun Edwards:
A clever, quick thinking stand-off whose support play in midfield allowed him to score tries with great regularity.
An accomplished kicker of the ball and a midfield tactician par excellence.

Andy Gregory:
A fiery, cheeky runner with the ball and a tough tackler around the scrum.
He was a shrewd passer of the ball who could create gaps for any forwards in support.
Full of confidence and inspirational to any team.

Andy Platt:
Never took a backwards step in any match, however fierce the opposition.
A very powerful forward when running onto the ball at first or second receiver.
Did a lot of damage and picked up quite a few tries when running close to the opposition try line.

Martin Dermott:
A fine runner at the play the ball and a shrewd, quick passer of the ball from the acting half back position.
Enjoyed tackling around the ruck area and could be relied upon to pick up the occasional try when in support of the forwards.

Martin Dermott
Dermott: A shrewd, quick passer
Kelvin Skerrett:
One forward who was never afraid to 'mix it' with the other pack, guaranteed to upset the rhythm of any opposition with his aggressive play and uncompromising attitude in the tackle.
Could slip a ball neatly out of the tackle when any movement seemed to be at an end.

Denis Betts:
A wholehearted second row who possessed a devastating burst of speed for a forward.
At his best when attacking down the flanks and linking up with a centre to create a try.

Andy Goodway:
A hard-tackling, all-running, all-action back-rower.
Not the biggest of forwards but, pound-for-pound, the equal of any packman in defence or attack.

Ellery Hanley:
His fitness, strength, powerful running and pre-match preparation have given him no equals in Britain for the past three decades.
Almost impossible to stop when driving for the line or racing down the touchlines, he was the number one match-winner for Wigan.





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