Playmaker George Williams says Wigan will not take a backward step when they face Sydney Roosters in the Betfred World Club Challenge on Sunday night (Wigan 9/4 Draw 25/1 Sydney 3/10 – Match Betting).

An electric atmosphere is expected at a packed DW Stadium and the action on the field is unlikely to disappoint either with Roosters head coach Trent Robinson declaring Cooper Cronk’s Sydney side will be ‘ready to rumble’ when the whistle goes.

Local boy Williams is ready for whatever the Australians throw at Wigan and says they will not be found wanting in the physicality stakes.

“We’re looking forward to a massive, massive challenge in front of a big crowd,” said Williams, a ball boy in 2011’s 21-15 defeat to St. George Illawarra Dragons at the DW.

“It makes it even more special that I’m from Wigan. I was a ball boy in 2011 so I’m no stranger to the noise and atmosphere on these occasions. It’s nice to be in that position now. I was just looking up to the Wigan players at that time and pretty starstruck to be honest.

“I was lucky enough to do it in 2017 and I look forward to doing it again.

“We’ll fight fire with fire (Red Card 10/1). Cooper’s world-class, it’s great to play against people of his stature but we can’t respect them too much.

“They’re only humans like us so we’ll have a good crack at it and really rip in.”

A Wigan win would put them out on their own as five-times World Club champions.

‘odds subject to change’