Bennett can’t wait for Wigan clash

Brisbane Broncos' Wayne Bennett
Brisbane Broncos' Wayne Bennett
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BRISBANE surpremo Wayne Bennett says he can’t wait to lock horns with Wigan at the DW Stadium next February.

Details of their World Club Series clash were confirmed today, including:

Adult tickets will be priced from £21.

Ian Lenagan thanked Latics for switching their fixture.

Bennett hailed Shaun Wane’s outfit as ‘an impressive team’.

Game two of the World Club Series will see the Broncos head to the DW on Saturday February 21 (7.45pm kick-off).

The tournament, billed as the ‘Ryder Cup of rugby league’, sees three clubs from the First Utility Super League - St Helens, Wigan and Warrington - face NRL clubs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra Dragons over three days next February.

Tickets for Wigan’s game go on sale next Tuesday, priced £21 adults (£14 concessions) in the North and South stands, £23 (£16) East and £25 West (£18).

And Bennett, who has returned to the club where he built his coaching legacy, is looking forward to the trip.

“It is a fantastic start to the season for the Broncos to bring the team over to England to play in this series.” said the former Kangaroos coach.

“Wigan are an impressive team and I know that after losing the World Club Challenge last year in Australia, they will be out to make amends.

“It will be a brilliant contest for the fans to watch and also a great experience for the players to test themselves against a top team from a different competition.

“This is not an opportunity that comes around often for NRL players.”

Warriors chairman Lenagan thanked Latics for moving their fixture against Charlton forward a day to accommodate the fixture, amid earlier concerns the beaten Grand Finalists would need to stage the game at an alternate venue.

He said: “Sometimes clashes like this cannot be helped when two teams share a stadium, as was the situation in this instance, however Wigan Athletic have been very helpful and we are thankful for that.”

Fans who are 2015 season ticket holders are eligible for a £2 discount on tickets bought before December 31, when their reserved seats will go on general sale.

Tickets will be on sale from the club’s ticket office from Tuesday, or by calling 0871 6633552 or by visiting www.wiganwarriors.com.

A combined ticket for all three games will cost £60 for adults and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Saints’ game with Souths will be for the World Club Challenge trophy, but the expanded series will put competition bragging rights up for grabs.

Though eyebrows have been raised in some quarters about qualification - Brisbane finished last season 8th, the Dragons 11th - organisers hope it will be a stepping-stone to a stronger, annual competition between the best clubs from both competitions.