Storm And Rhinos Settle On World Challenge Date In Melbourne

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14 November 2017

Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will travel to Australia to take on NRL premiers Melbourne Storm in the 2018 World Club Challenge on Friday 16 February at AAMI Park, Melbourne. It will be only the third time the World Club Challenge has been played in Australia and a first time for Melbourne to host.

Melbourne Storm and Leeds Rhinos have already met in three World Club Challenge deciders; 2008, 2010 and 2013, with Leeds Rhinos victorious in 2008 but Melbourne Storm winners in 2010 and 2013.

RFL’s Roger Draper, said: “The World Club Challenge is long established as one of the biggest clashes in club rugby league and we are excited that Leeds Rhinos are travelling to Melbourne to represent the Betfred Super League and to take on the current NRL champions at their home ground.

Super League (Europe) Ltd and the NRL have worked closely with both clubs to ensure that the 2018 World Club Challenge takes place and we are hopeful that this will be one of the biggest and best ever held. Both clubs were worthy champions and I am sure they will provide fantastic entertainment in Melbourne in February.”

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington who was at the World Club Challenge launch in Sydney, said: “Winning the World Club Challenge is the ultimate achievement for all Super League and NRL teams and we are excited to be coming to Melbourne to take on the best club team I

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