Internationals World Club Challenge 2017

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  1. Lord Gnome of Howick MBE
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    NRL runners-up Melbourne Storm have rejected the opportunity to play in the 2017 World Club Series, preferring to stay in Australia during pre-season.

    The annual competition was expanded from two teams to six in 2015, with the top three Super League clubs facing their Southern Hemisphere counterparts.

    But the format may now revert to one match featuring the two champions - Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. and Wigan Warriors.


    NRL clubs completed a 3-0 whitewash over Super League teams in 2016.

    Reports suggest Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. are set to reject any invitation to take part in the competition.

    Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said: "We've decided that staying in Australia will provide our team with the best possible preparation for the 2017 NRL season.

    "Having treasured past visits to the UK in 2008, 2010 and 2013, we thoroughly value the concept of the World Club Challenge. However, a regular NRL season is already incredibly taxing and, as a non-Sydney team, our players travel more than most.

    "We have committed to playing two trial matches in Australia which we believe will serve as a better lead-in for the team."
     
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    That's a little damming for the concept... wonder how much longer it will continue?
    ESL teams had a pretty good record until recently
     
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    They got roasted last year when the Aussies turned up to play!

    That said, it was a very different Leeds team that played the Cowboys to the one that finished the previous season with all three ESL trophies.
     
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    A bit of a shame it looks like the NRL clubs are baulking at the world club challenge concept. It seems like a lot of concepts in rugby league fall over as its inconvenient.

    The results haven't been the best from a competitive point of view but you would hope the higher competition would help the UK sides.

    In an ideal world the two grand finals would be played on the same weekend then the winners would play off. The problem with that is most sides get drunk for the week after their final and wouldn't be able to play the following weekend. Can't say I blame them as I'd to the same after flogging yourself in training over the pre-season and then the long season. Two weeks later could work but then we cut into the time for internationals.

    Having the old champion vs champion at the start of the season worked well enough even though the sides weren't the Grand Final sides and had their new recruits.
     
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    Agreed - it should be the pinnacle of the NRL/ESL season
     
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    Lets be honest. The ESL teams are shit. They ruined the WCC in 1997, which ultimately brought about the demise of Australasian Super League, and have ruined it again with how far behind the NRL they are. They should send the Knights to play the number 2 ESL team. Might be a fairer game...
     
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    or the Warriors!
     
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    There was 6 teams worse than the Warriors this season. Anyone of them would do...
     
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    Yeah, but the poms wouldn't pack out their stadiums if the NRL sent their dregs to play the top 3 sides.

    Especially if they beat them!
     
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    You have answered each others post;)
     
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    NRL: Warriors won't play in World Club Series
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    The Warriors won't be a late addition to the 2017 World Club Series in England.

    There are major questions over next year's edition of the annual tournament, with six of the top eight NRL clubs turning down the opportunity to participate, despite around A$400,000 ($428,000) available for each participating team.

    Cronulla are locked in to face the Super League champions Wigan on the weekend of Feburary 16-17, but organisers have yet to find another NRL teams to face Challenge Cup winners Warrington.

    Melbourne Storm confirmed last Monday they would not be making the trip to the northern hemisphere.

    "As a club, we've decided that staying in Australia will provide our team with the best possible preparation for the 2017 NRL season," said Storm CEO Dave Donaghy. "We have committed to playing two trial matches in Australia which we believe will serve as a better lead-in for the team ahead of next year's opening round."

    Australian reports have also indicated that the Cowboys, Raiders, Panthers and Bulldogs and Titans have also declined the opportunity to take part in the series, which was expanded from a one game format in 2015.

    The Broncos, who have played in the last two WCS competitions, remain supportive of the concept and the Dragons have also indicated they would consider taking up an invitation.

    But Warriors CEO Jim Doyle confirmed to the New Zealand Herald on Wednesday that the Auckland club would not be participating in the event.

    For the Warriors, it would appear to be a no brainer. The club has identified a solid start to the NRL season as the critical success factor for next year, and travelling across the world to play a game in the middle of the English winter may compromise that.

    There's no reason why they wouldn't go in the future, but only when the squad has some solid seasons behind them.

    The Mt Smart club is also committed to the NRL Nines, as the host club, and success in that tournament is important for on and off field reasons.

    It is not feasible to have strong teams at both events (the Cowboys last year split their squad to tackle both formats).

    The Nines also carry the appeal of A$500,000 ($535,000) prizemoney for the winning team.

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    The entire concept is flawed for the NRL teams. Season starts in serious heat yet they want them to Travel half the world to play in conditions you won't face at all in the season against average teams. Spend 2 weeks of the preseason to play 1 game and travel back again. Waste of time and money!
     
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    World Club Series 2017: Wigan and Warrington to face Cronulla and Brisbane

    • 21 Oct

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    Cronulla ended one of sport's longest hoodoos to win their first NRL title in 43 years of existence
    Wigan Warriors will play Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, while Warrington Wolves will face Brisbane Broncos in a two-game World Club Series in 2017.

    Shaun Wane's Warriors claimed their spot as winners of the 2016 Super League Grand Final, and will face their NRL-winning counterparts.

    Wolves' place was reward for League Leaders' Shield success, although their corresponding minor premiers Melbourne Storm decided not to take part.


    The games take place on 18-19 February.

    "We are excited to welcome the Cronulla Sharks to the DW Stadium in February," Wigan coach Shaun Wane said.

    "They are a quality side who have shown that when under pressure they can come up with their very best rugby league."

    Mark Foster, general manager of Super League added: "We have worked hard with the NRL to produce a series that will not only excite fans but one that also allows all clubs in the NRL to have a full pre-season."

    'Proud' Cronulla ready to travel north
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    Skilful half-back Chad Townsend is one of the stars of the 2016 Cronulla team
    Brisbane, coached by England boss Wayne Bennett, were involved in the World Club Series in 2015 and 2016, while Cronulla ended a 43-year wait for a premiership on 2 October.

    "To have the chance to play over in the UK, for a World Club Championship, is a great opportunity and one that our club is really looking forward to," Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said.

    "Then add to that the challenge of playing Wigan, one of the strongest and most famous clubs in the Super League and it will definitely be an outstanding experience."

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    Melbourne Storm were World Club Challenge winners against Leeds Rhinos in 2013
    Melbourne's absence is based on their decision to have a domestic-based pre-season in preparation for the 2017 season, and the participation of several first-grade players in the 2016 Four Nations.

    "Having treasured past visits to the UK in 2008, 2010 and 2013, we thoroughly value the concept of the World Club Challenge," chief executive Dave Donaghy said.

    "However, a regular NRL season is already incredibly taxing and, as a non-Sydney team, our players travel more than most."
     
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    Surely if the Warriors ever win the damn competition, it'd be a sell out if it was played anywhere in NZ
     
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    If we won the comp the clubs crowds would surge big time the following year. Hopefully if we win a premiership the club fights hard to get the world club challenge here. I can understand when clubs win their first comp or even win their first comp for a while that they want to head to the UK and challenge to be the best club in the world. That is enticing but the travel back and forth is a disruption to the premiers preparation for defending their NRL title.

    Can see why the Storm would be hesitant after the success they have had over the last 10 years the novelty of heading to England has probably worn off.

    Good to see there is still a series for 2017. The champion vs champion game I'd usually miss as I'd be at work but having the series of games was good to watch after a long summer. Bennett has been a fan of the concept and also as the England coach it would be a good look pulling his side out.
     
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    Warrington v Broncos starting on Sky Sport 2 in a few minutes if anyones keen to watch and didnt know it was on.

    Or PM me if you want a link to watch it.
     
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    Wow! 20 in and Warrington 20 up, be a good come back if it happens..
     
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    love those blind side plays on the 5th!
     
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    Dammit , Brisbane are getting a hiding and so is my TAB account. , do some work you useless Broncos, thats my lunch money your messing with.