Smith backs McCarthy

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Twenty-year old, Tyrone McCarthy, was a delighted spectator at Widnes’s Stobart Stadium as the Warrington Wolves secured their first Challenge Cup Final appearance since losing to Wigan in 1990.

A week later the former Ireland Students’ International made his debut, off the bench, as the Warriors avenged that semi-final defeat. He stood-up in the face of some solid Warrior running too.

So much so that Wolves coach, Tony Smith, was impressed enough to add him to his bench for the Final at Wembley Stadium. That selection caps a great ending to the summer for McCarthy who recently graduated from Edge Hill teaching college with a 2:1 in Sports and Physical Education.

McCarthy has been on the books at the Wolves since he was 16 and has fought back from a serious knee injury that required reconstructive surgery.

Lee Mitchell and Paul Rauhihi miss out on selection after being names in the 19-man squad.