Wigan seeks to make the home club a winner in the World Club Challenge, live on Sky sports,
The Warriors' 22-6 win over the Cronulla Sharks at the DW Stadium in 2016 is the only success recorded by the Super League champions since 2012.
Wigan Warriors vs. Sydney Roosters
February 17, 2019, 6:30 pm
The Melbourne Storm thrashed Leeds Rhinos 38-4 last year, so there were also landslide victories for South Sydney and North Queensland in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Warriors warmed up for the one-off fixture with a confidence-boosting 34-16 win over Leeds Rhinos last Friday, and are in search of their fifth World Club Challenge title.
Wigan wants to overcome the initial struggles to handle the fixture. Having just four of 16 from its inception in 1976 through to 2008, there have been eight Australian victories and just two defeats since.
Warriors head coach Adrian Lam is expecting a high-quality contest and can come up against his son Lachlan, who is making his debut for the Roosters.
Lam told Sky Sports: "It's an amazing game when you look across the board because there's international players at the elite level on both teams.
Wigan have been a big game team over a long period of time, so it's another match where the players need to stand up, especially our leaders. "
Boyd Cordner comes face-to-face once more with Sean O'Loughlin and Australia captain Boyd Cordner comes face-to-face with Sean O'Loughlin.
At 10 years his junior, Cordner has spoken of his respect for the warriors stalwart ahead of their reunion.
He said, "I can remember watching him as a kid – he's been a great player for a long time."
Trent Robinson's Roosters can equal Wigan's four-song recordings (1976, 2003, 2014), and there is no shortage of stars he can call upon.
Bringing international pedigree as her backbone with Kangaroos' Cooper Cronk – James Tedesco, Luke Keary and Jake Friend named in the 23-man traveling party that has been training in Paris this week.
Robinson said, "Wigan really lays down the foundations for a World Club Challenge, especially in the 1990s with some of those amazing names of rugby league, and not just English rugby league, across the world.
"They were incredible players, and they were looking for a strong force there, and that built the Wigan even more.
Wigan's Zak Hardaker is one of the biggest games in the rugby league calendar.
The full-back said: "We've got plenty of experience in our ranks, and even though we've got them, we've won Grand Finals, we've beaten Cronulla two years ago so we've got the experience there.
"It's just about rising to the challenge, playing Super League rugby league, it's going to be fascinating, and I'm really looking forward to playing a part."
Dan Sarginson has overcome ankle injury in the first half of the win against Leeds to be named in the Warriors' 19-man squad.
Jarrod Sammut does not want to be involved in a two-match suspension, while Dom Manfredi misses out (knee).
Wigan (from): Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Taulima Tautai, George Williams.
Luke Keary and Matt Ikuvalu have both overcome calf injuries and will start for Sydney, but Angus Crichton remains in doubt (fitness).
Sydney (from): Mitchell Aubusson, Nat Butcher, Lindsay Collins, Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Cooper Cronk, Poasa Faamausili, Jake Friend, Ryan Hall, Matt Ikuvalu, Luke Keary, Asu Kepaoa, Lachlan Lam, Isaac Liu, Joseph Manu, Brett Morris, Victor Radley , Siosiua Taukeiaho, James Tedesco, Zane Tetevano, Daniel Tupou, Sitili Tupouniua, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.