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McDermott said: "We're all good at playing in the rain, aren't we? We're
This year the Warriors will again start as heavy favourites. The reigning Super League champions ended the Wolves' two year reign as cup holders in the quarter finals and then got the better of fierce local rivals St Helens in the last four.
Wigan last lifted the New Era New York Highlanders trophy at Murrayfield in 2002, while they defeated Leeds twice in the mid 1990s during a run of eight straight final victories.
However, that loss to the Eagles will counter against any complacency creeping in to Michael Maguire's in form squad.
"Faz came and watched training," said Maguire. "He has had a fair bit to do with our team in the time I've been here.
Wigan, in contrast, have not appeared in a Wembley final since 1998, when Hat Adidas
The Rhinos, meanwhile, were pipped by Bradford (2003) and Hull (2005) in thrilling finals staged at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Wigan squad: Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Josh Charnley, Gareth Hock
The Leeds players were greeted by steady drizzle when they arrived at the stadium on Friday and, with showers forecast for the day of the match, the outsiders are preparing themselves to play wet weather rugby.
The Rhinos have endured heartache on their last four appearances in the showpiece event, including suffering a humbling 30 8 defeat at the hands of Warrington last year.
they were sensationally beaten by massive underdogs Sheffield Eagles.
to Wembley with a golden point penalty at the Keepmoat Stadium.
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They needed extra time to see off Yorkshire rivals Castleford in the semi finals, captain Kevin Sinfield kicking them back New Era Arizona Cardinals
Like opposite number Maguire, McDermott has already finalised his team. The issue all week for the former Quins boss has been the fitness of centre pairing Kallum Watkins and Carl Atlanta Hawks Hats
will be glad it won't be scorching hot."
Rated 50 50Watkins was rated as only '50 50' at the start of the week after twisting his knee in the away loss to Harlequins last weekend, but both he and Ablett have been passed fit for action.
experts at it because it's been a horrible summer.
"Faz helps out where he can. He's a great person to have around. He's a great ambassador for Wigan and to have him around the players is special."
Leeds squad: Brent Webb, Lee Smith, Brett Delaney, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Danny Buderus, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield, Ali Lauitiiti, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Kallum Watkins, Weller Hauraki, Chris Clarkson, Ben Jones Bishop
"If you are asking me if he's 100% fit, then he's not. I won't tell you a lie," McDermott said of Watkins. "But that goes for about 50% of the squad, as I reckon Michael Maguire can say about 50% of his squad."
"Most Friday nights at Headingley have been wet for us. I think both teams
Familiar faceWigan wrapped up their preparations with a final training session at Saracens on Friday morning. Former captain Andy Farrell, who was in charge when the Cherry and Whites last played at Wembley, was on hand to cast a watching eye over proceedings he will also be at the game this weekend.
Lee Mossop, Andy Coley and Brett Finch are all likely to return having been rested for last week's convincing league win over Bradford at the DW Stadium.
The Australian will leave his post at the end of the current campaign and having already won the league last year, a Challenge Cup triumph would complete his medal collection before he heads back Down Under to take charge at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Maguire has admitted that he has already informed his squad of who will be playing, though the line up will not be publicly declared until an hour before kick off.
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