St Helens and Sydney Roosters will face off in the World Club Challenge next year after the two clubs confirmed they will clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 22nd February (7.45pm kick off).
The two teams played each other in 2016 in the World Club Series when neither team were the winners of their respective competitions and this will be the Saints’ first appearance in the match between the two top teams since their 39-0 defeat to South Sydney Rabbitohs. St Helens have won two of their previous six outings in the World Club Challenge.
Sydney Roosters – back-to-back NRL Grand Final winners – will be looking to make it back-to-back triumphs in the match after defeating Saints’ rivals Wigan Warriors earlier this year at the DW Stadium. Their head coach Trent Robinson said “this is an important fixture on the rugby league calendar and we’re looking forward to heading to England to compete against St Helens for the 2020 World Club Challenge title.”
Kristian Woolf, newly-appointed head coach at St Helens, will take his team into the match and is looking forward to the encounter. “We are really excited about the opportunity to face the Roosters in such a prestigious fixture,” he remarked, continuing that “it will be a great challenge for us to test ourselves against the current World Club champions and we are aiming to stand up and represent Super League and this part of the world in what will be a huge game.”
Super League CEO Robert Elstone noted the importance of the fixture, highlighting the talent that will take to the Totally Wicked Stadium field next year. “I’m already starting to look forward to seeing some of the best rugby league players in the world. I know Saints fans will be really excited about hosting the Roosters, and I’m certain all rugby league fans across the UK will want to see the greats of our game going toe to toe.”