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Bevan French knows Wembley glory can be immortalised – and wants cup in Oz

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BEVAN French knows just how big an effect producing magic at Wembley can have – he has heard all about it.

Martin Offiah will be guest of honour at Saturday’s Challenge Cup final, 30 years after scoring one of the greatest tries in the occasion’s history, which is immortalised in stone outside the stadium.

Martin Offiah's 1994 try is immortalised in a statue outside Wembley - he is on the left

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Martin Offiah’s 1994 try is immortalised in a statue outside Wembley – he is on the leftCredit: SWPIX.COM

And Wigan’s star of 2024 is more than aware of what the feats of 1994 can bring.

French said: “It’s crazy that moments can be converted into statues – Martin definitely lets us know about it, that’s for sure!

“That try was a pretty special moment and it’s crazy.

“Wembley’s one of the most famous stadiums in the world and to have someone like that, who played the game of rugby league and played for Wigan, there is something else.

“Things like that are put in front of you when you come to Wigan – the championships, the mindset, the history of the club and what it means to the community.

“It means a lot to everyone, that’s for sure.”

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French, 28, admits he could not stay up late enough or get up early enough to watch Challenge Cup finals when he was younger.

But a win on Saturday could see him join a long line of Australian successes at Wembley – he won the cup in 2022 but that was at Tottenham.

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“I didn’t watch them,” he added. “But coming here, you learn the history pretty quickly, what it means to the club and its successes.

Bevan French is looking to be a Wembley star

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Bevan French is looking to be a Wembley starCredit: SWPIX.COM

“And being here, I think it would be a benefit for rugby league in Australia to have a competition like the Challenge Cup. A do or die competition brings the best out of everyone and it can change careers.

“It’s means a lot to the community of Wigan but being Australian, playing at Wembley is a pretty special occasion.

“Me and the other overseas players are looking forward to it as much as the homegrown lads.”

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