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Old 24-11-2013, 01:42 PM
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Default World Club Challenge to be held in Australia in 2014

Dunno if this has been posted anywhere, but I just stumbled upon this:

https://www.wiganwarriors.com/WConte...8864&type=news

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The World Club Challenge will be contested on Australian soil for the first time in two decades, when the NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters host English Super League Champions, Wigan Warriors, on Saturday February 22, 2014 at Allianz Stadium with the match kicking off at approximately 7.30pm AEDST (8.30am GMT).

The Roosters and Warriors have been in regular contact with the NRL as preparations for the match get underway and can now confirm details of the game.

"This is a great event for all Rugby League fans who have waited a long time to have the opportunity to attend a match like this in Australia," said Paul Kind, NRL Head of Marketing and Commercial.

"The NRL is working with the Roosters and Wigan and we are very excited about the Roosters plans to stage the World Club Challenge at Allianz Stadium in the lead-up to the 2014 Telstra Premiership season kicking off soon after."

Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, added: "We are very proud to be contesting the World Club Challenge, and especially that we will be doing so here in Australia and at our home ground."

Wigan Chairman and Owner, Ian Lenagan, commented: "Wigan has a great tradition in the World Club Challenge having won the very first one on English soil back in 1987 against Manly and the last one in Australia almost 20 years ago. We are delighted to be taking our Club to Australia for this huge event."

The winner of the match will claim the title of the world's best rugby league Club side, and Roosters and Warriors Members have an exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase tickets at a discounted price before they are released for public sale.

From Monday, November 25 to January 7, Roosters and Warriors Members will be able to claim their seat to the clash, the first World Club Challenge to be played in Australia since the 1994 match between Wigan and the Broncos at Brisbane's then ANZ Stadium.

Non-members will be able to buy tickets when they are released to the general public from January 13, 2014.

"We had record levels of support at our home games in 2013, and the World Club Challenge is an amazing opportunity for Roosters supporters to cheer on their side as they run out at Allianz Stadium for the first time in 2014 against the Super League champions," said Mr Ted Helliar, Roosters Chief Operating Officer Commercial.

"It will be here before we know it, and the best way for Roosters and Wigan fans to ensure they get the best seat in the house is to purchase their 2014 Club Membership and then take advantage of the exclusive priority purchasing period," he added.

To purchase a Wigan Warriors Seasonal Membership, [click here]

Sydney Roosters Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon was a member of the last Tricolours side to contest a World Club Challenge, when the Roosters beat St Helens 38-0 in 2003.

"As a player it was a fantastic experience to travel to England to represent the Roosters in the World Club Challenge, but now I'm a member of the coaching staff, I'm happy it's going to be played here in our backyard to help with our preparation," said Fitzgibbon.

"The World Club Challenge is a great spectacle. The players are really looking forward to the game are keen to maintain and build on the standards they set last season.

"Wigan are a strong outfit and it's definitely going to be a challenge for us at that time of year, but we'll be playing to win," he added.

The Roosters won the first World Club Challenge which was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in June 1976, beating St Helens 25-2.

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane was man of the match in the 1987 World Club Challenge 8-2 victory against Manly, in front of almost 37,000 fans at the Cherry & White's famous old Central Park ground.

"It is great that the World Club Challenge returns to Australia after the UK has hosted the competition successfully for a number of years" he said.

"The Roosters are a champion side but we are excited about travelling to Sydney for the game and the challenge that lies before us as we aim to be crowned World Club Champions for a fourth time."
Will be interesting to see what crowd this match gets, given it's the first time it's held on Australian soil for nearly 2 decades and how many Wigan fans come out to Australia compared to 1994.
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Old 24-11-2013, 02:07 PM
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Brilliant timing as I will be in Sydney that weekend
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Old 24-11-2013, 02:12 PM
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Have you been living under a rock???
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Old 24-11-2013, 02:38 PM
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Not having to travel Gives the roosters a big big chance of going back to back
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Old 24-11-2013, 03:24 PM
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Huge boost for this match in Australia. Typically it is a non-event and given little if any weight here. More of a disruption to the pre-season for the premiers than anything important. 2014 will change that.
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Old 24-11-2013, 04:01 PM
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I might actually watch it now. The time zones killed it for me in years past.
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Old 24-11-2013, 04:08 PM
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I might actually watch it now. The time zones killed it for me in years past.
This years one was perfect. (Storm v Leeds)

Kicked off at 7am iirc
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Old 24-11-2013, 04:38 PM
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I'll probably head along. What crowd would be expected here?
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Old 24-11-2013, 05:20 PM
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Roosters should be kicked out of the comp if they lose this on Aus soil
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Old 24-11-2013, 07:34 PM
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good to see it played in Australia for once
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Old 24-11-2013, 07:41 PM
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Without the homeground advantage, Wigan will get raped down here. It's the only element that gave a perception of the two competitions being close.
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Old 24-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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should just go to prove how strong the NRL is
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Old 24-11-2013, 08:35 PM
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Matty Bowen's last game on Australian soil, should be a good one.

Hopefully Wigan can get the win but i can't really see it tbh.
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Without the homeground advantage, Wigan will get raped down here. It's the only element that gave a perception of the two competitions being close.
No they won't.

The top 4-6 in SL could more than hold their own in the NRL.

The difference in the two competitions is that the NRL have good teams 1-16, whereas Super League only has good teams 1-6.

Also in the past it is tradition to go along and support the SL winners here, so hopefully Tigers, Sharks, Eels, Rabbitohs etc fans will go along and cheer on the Roosters to victory as well.

Roosters 28-18 Warriors
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Old 25-11-2013, 04:31 AM
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Without the homeground advantage, Wigan will get raped down here. It's the only element that gave a perception of the two competitions being close.
lol, hardly.

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The difference in the two competitions is that the NRL have good teams 1-16, whereas Super League only has good teams 1-6
More like 8 or 9 good teams. I wouldn't say Eels, Tigers or Dragons are on the same level as Wigan or St Helens.
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