St Helens take on Penrith Panthers in Australia’s World Club Challenge | Rugby League News

The match will be held at Penrith Panthers’ home ground, BlueBet Stadium, on Saturday 18th February, kick-off at 7:00am (GMT)

Last updated: 09/11/22 17:52

Super League champions St Helens will travel to Australia to take on NRL champions Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge.

Super League champions St Helens will travel to Australia to take on NRL champions Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge.

Super League champions St Helens will travel to Australia to face NRL champions Penrith Panthers for the World Club Challenge.

The game will be held at Penrith Panthers’ home ground, BlueBet Stadium, on Saturday 18 February and kicks off at 7:00am (GMT).

Experience how St Helens became the first Super League team to win four consecutive grand finals with a record sell-out

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Experience how St Helens became the first Super League team to win four consecutive grand finals with a record sell-out

Experience how St Helens became the first Super League team to win four consecutive grand finals with a record sell-out

This is the first World Club Challenge since 2020 and the eighth time St Helens have taken part in the game, with two wins to their name from 2001 and 2007, both against the Brisbane Broncos.

Penrith Panthers have previously appeared twice in the World Club Challenge and have been defeated on both occasions, once by Wigan Warriors in 1991 and Bradford Bulls in 2004.

With St Helens traveling to Australia at the start of February, their first round match against Huddersfield Giants has been postponed until later in the season.

The match will mark new St Helens head coach Paul Wellens’ first competitive game and he is “relishing the opportunity” to showcase his side’s talent.

Paul Wellens is immensely proud to take over from Kristian Woolf as St Helens' new head coach and says

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Paul Wellens is immensely proud to take over from Kristian Woolf as St Helens’ new head coach and says “the club is very close to my heart” following his promotion to assistant coach.

Paul Wellens is immensely proud to take over from Kristian Woolf as St Helens’ new head coach and says “the club is very close to my heart” following his promotion to assistant coach.

“Both ourselves and Penrith have had incredible success over the last few years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to go to Australia and test ourselves against what is undoubtedly a great team,” Wellens said.

“It had been disappointing for us not to have been able to host this competition in recent years, but it’s great news, not just for both clubs, but for the game as a whole that the best teams in both competitions can once again compete in the World Club Challenge .

“We are obviously motivated to achieve further success and this gives us as a club an early opportunity to do exactly that in 2023, we aim to represent ourselves, the town of St Helens and the Premier League in the best possible way.”

St Helens lifted their fourth successive finals trophy with a 24-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos

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St Helens lifted their fourth successive finals trophy with a 24-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos

St Helens lifted their fourth successive finals trophy with a 24-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos

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 being crowned World Club Champions in Australia.

“Many consider this Penrith Panthers side to be one of, if not the best side in NRL history. Similarly, St Helens are experiencing unparalleled success in the Super League.

“The game in Sydney will represent one of the biggest challenges St. Helens has ever faced. We’re really looking forward to going strong.”

The excitement for the game can also be felt in the Panthers camp, with their general manager Matt Cameron expressing his excitement to see the game back on the calendar.

“On behalf of everyone at Panthers, we look forward to welcoming St. Helens to the BlueBet Stadium in February,” said Cameron.

“St. Helens have been the benchmark team in the Super League for a few years now, which will give the Panthers a big 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.

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