The game will be held at the Penrith Panthers’ home, the BlueBet Stadium, on Saturday, February 18, with kick-off at 7am (GMT)
Last updated: 09/11/22 5:52 PM
Super League champion St Helens travels to Australia to face NRL champion Penrith Panthers for the World Club Challenge.
The game will be held at the Penrith Panthers’ home, the BlueBet Stadium, on Saturday, February 18, with kick-off at 7am (GMT).
It is the first time the World Club Challenge has taken place since 2020 and the eighth time that St Helens has been involved in the competition, with two wins to their name from 2001 and 2007, both against the Brisbane Broncos.
Penrith Panthers previously appeared in the World Club Challenge twice and were defeated on both occasions, once by Wigan Warriors in 1991 and Bradford Bulls in 2004.
As St. Helens travels to Australia in early February, their first round game against Huddersfield Giants has been postponed to a later date in the season.
The match-up marks the first league game for St. Helens’ new head coach Paul Wellens and he is “enjoying the opportunity” to showcase his side’s talent down under.
“Both us and Penrith have had unparalleled success in recent years and we are enjoying the opportunity to go to Australia and test ourselves against what is undoubtedly a great team,” said Wellens.
“It was disappointing for us that we have not been able to keep this match in recent years, but it is great news not only for both clubs but for the game as a whole that the best teams in both competitions can play again. World Club Challenge.
“We are clearly motivated to achieve further success and this gives us as a club an early opportunity to do just that in 2023. We aim to represent ourselves, the city of St Helens and the Super League competition in the best possible way. represent.”
St Helens RFC chairman Eamonn McManus added: “The 2023 season is our club’s 150th anniversary. The only achievable achievement that has eluded us in our history is to be crowned World Club Champions in Australia.
“Many consider this side of the Penrith Panthers to be one of, if not the, best in NRL history. Similarly, St Helens is experiencing an unparalleled period of success in the Super League.
“The Sydney game will be one of the biggest challenges St Helens has ever faced. We’re really looking forward to taking it on straight away.”
Enthusiasm for the game is also felt in the Panthers camp, where their chief executive officer Matt Cameron expresses his excitement at seeing the game on the calendar.
“On behalf of everyone at Panthers, we look forward to welcoming St. Helens to BlueBet Stadium in February,” said Cameron.
“St Helens has been the reference team in the Super League for a number of years, which will give the Panthers a great challenge to start the new season.
“The World Club Challenge is an important part of the rugby league calendar and it’s great to see the game back for the first time since 2020.”