Match Preview Expanded World Club Challenge 2015

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This modest step is long overdue in my book, but remind me again: why are the Dragons in it?

I suspect the answer is, cos no-one else could be arsed. I can get really p***ed off with the insular attitude of NRL clubs at times. :mad:

But as things stand, the winner on Saturday at Old Trafford will be hosting the Rabbitohs, and the losers taking on the Broncos, while the Dragons will travel to Warrington.

I'll certainly be going up to see the Bunnies, anyway.
 
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The European Super League have confirmed that the Dragons will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos in the series which will be played in the United Kingdom over three days from February 20-22 next year.

I guess they want the most popular team there ... :)
 

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This modest step is long overdue in my book, but remind me again: why are the Dragons in it?

I suspect the answer is, cos no-one else could be arsed. I can get really p***ed off with the insular attitude of NRL clubs at times. :mad:

But as things stand, the winner on Saturday at Old Trafford will be hosting the Rabbitohs, and the losers taking on the Broncos, while the Dragons will travel to Warrington.

I'll certainly be going up to see the Bunnies, anyway.
Sorry - have answered your query above. Being from the old Dart you may not be aware of which teams are popular and draw the biggest crowds ... :)
 

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The St George Illawarra Dragons have accepted their invitation to participate in the 2015 World Club Series.

The European Super League have confirmed that the Dragons will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos in the series which will be played in the United Kingdom over three days from February 20-22 next year.

The tournament will culminate with the World Club Challenge to determine the best Rugby League team in the world.

The Dragons have been invited following the success of the Rabbitohs in last weekend’s NRL Grand Final..

Super League General Manager Blake Solly said St George Illawarra had an enormous following in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

“Having tasted success in the 2011 World Club Challenge, it is fitting the Dragons are the third representative from the NRL," said Solly.

"The Dragons have a unique place in the history of the sport and Super League fans will look forward to seeing them in the series.

“With the Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Warrington Wolves confirmed as Super League’s participating clubs, excitement is already building for the Series.

“Not only will the World Club series pit club and against club, but the Super League against the NRL in a fascinating competition between two leagues and two hemispheres.”

This will mark the first time the Dragons have played on UK soil since their World Club Challenge victory over the Wigan Warriors at DW Stadium, Wigan in 2011.

"The World Club Series is a great concept and something that our Club has been an advocate of for some time,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.

"We are delighted to have been invited by the Super League and look forward to this inaugural event".

NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said the new format would add interest to the World Club Challenge.

“Fans already love seeing the best from Australia play the best from Britain,” said Greenberg.

“But this tournament will showcase three of the top clubs in the NRL.

“It is a chance for our teams to go head-to-head with the best in the UK to determine the best Rugby League clubs in the world.”

The Dragons will provide further communication concerning the World Club Series to all Red V Members and Partners in the near future.
 

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Would have been far more credible to have included the 4 grand final teams from the ESL and NRL and added the Warriors and Catalan to give the concept a truely international appeal. That was 4 of the 5 countries with professional rugby league could be represented.
 

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Well, yes, of course. That was so obviously the right thing to do, it's just frustrating. I'm glad you're glad, SJ, and the Dragons will no doubt attract a decent crowd, but it seems like a short-sighted own-goal.
 

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Would have been far more credible to have included the 4 grand final teams from the ESL and NRL and added the Warriors and Catalan to give the concept a truely international appeal. That was 4 of the 5 countries with professional rugby league could be represented.
Well, yes, of course. That was so obviously the right thing to do, it's just frustrating. I'm glad you're glad, SJ, and the Dragons will no doubt attract a decent crowd, but it seems like a short-sighted own-goal.
No - its all about crowds and money these days. And TV ... of course ... ;)
 

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OK, hotel and match tickets booked for Wigan/ Broncos. :D Interest must be reasonable, cos the hotel I usually stay in in Wigan was fully booked, and I couldn't find anything in the town at all (there are three biggish chain hotels and quite a few smaller ones), and had to stay out-of-town out near the motorway.

Wanted to see the Souths/Saints game too, but it's tricky on a Sunday night; would ideally mean stopping over up there another night, but my son will be with me, and he will need to get to London for work, I think. If nothing else, should see that and the Wire/St. George game online.