WIGAN Warriors have confirmed speculation that the World Club Challenge will take place in Australia next year.
The game against Sydney Roosters at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, February 22, will kick off at 7.30pm local time (8.30am GMT).
Wigan Chairman and owner Ian Lenagan said: “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.”
Roosters and Warriors Seasonal Members have an exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase tickets at a discounted price before they are released for public sale.
From this Monday, November 25 to January 7, Warriors Seasonal Members will be able to claim their seat to the clash. Tickets to the World Club Challenge are available online only from www.ticketek.com.au.
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.”