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WIRE CUT!; Manoa heads back to Fiji.

WARRINGTON have sprung a big shock on the eve of their Wembley campaign by parting company with Fijian centre Manoa Thompson.

The ex-Auckland Warriors and South Sydney star joined the Wire in November on a two-year contract but hasn't settled in Britain.

Said Warrington football executive Alex Murphy: "It's an amicable split. The weather hasn't been to Manoa's liking but we wish him well."

But the Wire were last night celebrating the capture of John Myler as Academy coach.

Delighted

He rejected the chance to stay at St Helens as assistant to Shaun McRae with an added job as Rugby League development officer for the town.

"We are delighted that John is joining us because the Academy role is probably the most important job in the club," added Murphy.

Meanwhile, Murphy is relishing getting back into Wembley action at Oldham tomorrow. Murphy, who has been to Wembley a record six times as coach, says the town is buzzing again ahead of the Silk Cut Cup fourth round tie at Watersheddings.

"It would be nice to get to Wembley on April 27 and I know the fans who said they would never come again after the 80-0 humiliation at St Helens are going to give us a second chance,'' he said.

"John Dorahy and I have reminded the lads that you only have to win four matches to get to Wembley and it would be a great way to repay the fans and recover their own pride."

London Broncos new coach Tony Currie arrives in 10 days time armed with five new Aussie signings for Super League.

They are Penrith full back Greg Barwick, South Sydney ultility player Duncan McCrae, Parramatta hooker or half back Tulson Tollett, North Sydney winger John Minto and Brisbane Broncos prop Gavin Allen.

TOMORROW'S FIXTURES

SILK CUT CHALLENGE CUP Round Four.- (3.00 unless stated) Bradford v Batley, Carlisle v Wakefield (2.00), Castleford v St Helens (3.30), Hull v Hunslet (3.15), Hull K R v Leigh (3.15), Keighley v Barrow (3.15), Oldham v Warrington, Rochdale v Thatto Heath, Swinton v Leeds, Whitehaven v Halifax (3.30), Workington v Widnes.

BARLA Young Lions v France (Dewsbury, 12.00)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Richards, Martin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 1996
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