World Club Challenge 2024

This will be an each way bet for me - Wigan are my Super League team

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If Penrith win the WWC as well they my need to get a bigger foyer. :rofl:


Where do you think World Club Challenge will be play ?

Its supposed to be in England next year, but it looks like they want to come out here, so I wont argue

I do really want to get excited about the WCC but I constantly find myself not giving a toss about them.

Whos the better side the NRL side. You dont need to play a game of football to work that out. Any NRL side (including the cellar dwellers) are better just by the mere fact they are a NRL team.

The UK Super League is a rabble and their management can barely run a chook raffle yet alone a RL World Cup or a top flight competition.

The ESL club with the best finances was the Salford Reds who posted a 瞿580,547 LOSS for the year. They barely scraped into the finals.

So if they want to go home with some shiny hardware to make themselves feel good, then so be it, But everybody know who the better side is. This is a NRL trial at best to the Australian side.

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Id prefer if they played the game a couple of weeks after the respective Grand Finals. Teams lose players & cohesion over the off season.

Just look at this year. You cant tell me that Penrith were in to win that as much as St Helens I think Penriths main concern was not to have any injuries going into round 1. It didnt work out as poor Taylan May had to spend the season on the sidelines because of some reckless play from the Saints resulting in a cannonball tackle that should have resulted in a sin binning.

The St Helens team and fans left the stadium feeling like world beaters, while the Panthers side got back up and dusted themselves off and set off for the 2023 season. The Panthers went off on a hard fought season against some stiff competition, ending in what will be regarded as not only one of the best grand finals in history, but one of the best title defences in the modern era, sealing their third consecutive title.

St Helens well there is a reason we arent playing them in the WCC next year.


Ill believe when I see if the Panthers come to England, thats vanishing unlikely. but of course youd be very welcome. I was there watching us beat Cronulla a few years ago. I always liked Jimmy Maloney, and was glad of the chance to see him play in the flesh. And lose, of course. But, like I say, thats all pie in the sky.


It will be bloody cold and miserable in Northern England in February on top of the hideous flight its not ideal prep for the NRL season在est if they come here and enjoy some sunshine and western Sydney hospitality. Most importantly lets hope there are no injuries in what really is a pointless game同anthers rule the world thats obvious isnt it?

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Yeah, Im honestly surprised by the talk of the Panthers coming to the UK. Do they want to avoid the NRL pre-season comp for some reason?

I think the pre-season cup has a higher chance of long term injuries. There were a few players coming out of that competition sitting on the sideline for all on 2023.

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That could be it, then. Although,of course, theres as much chance of a player getting a season-ending injury at any time, even in the first proper game of the season.

I was at that game at Anfield. Brandy Alexander! Still remember the long motorway journey (I didnt live in the North of England back then).

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Panthers to face Wigan in World Club Challenge

Panthers Media | 1 December 2023

Penrith Panthers is pleased to confirm that the club will travel to England to contest the World Club Challenge against Super League Champions Wigan Warriors.

The game will take place at the DW Stadium in Wigan on Saturday 24 February at 8:00pm (Sunday 25 February 7:00am AEDT).

Wigan Warriors defeated Catalans Dragons 10-2 in the Super League Grand Final to become Super League Champions in October while Penrith Panthers were victors over the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL Grand Final to set up this mouth-watering Clash of the Champions.

The match will be the second time the two sides have met in a World Club Challenge with Wigan winning the previous encounter 21-4 at Anfield in 1991.

The Panthers will be looking to claim its first World Club Challenge title in the clubs fourth appearance.

This game will be Wigans ninth attempt at becoming World Club Champions, having claimed the title in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 2017.

Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said: We are excited to travel to England next February to test ourselves against the Super League Champions Wigan Warriors.

The World Club Challenge is such a vital piece of the rugby league calendar and were looking forward to contesting the match for a second straight year.

Wigan are a proud rugby league club that have achieved sustained success for many years, which will give the Panthers an exciting challenge to open the 2024 campaign.

Wigan Warriors Chief Executive Kris Radlinski said: We are thrilled to announce that the 2024 Betfred World Club Challenge against the Penrith Panthers will be held in Wigan.

In recent weeks, substantial efforts have been invested to ensure the game takes place, fuelled by a keen interest from the Panthers to participate.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for our club to host one of the NRLs most formidable teams, providing a special treat for Wigan fans and rugby league enthusiasts alike. Anticipation is high and we promise to put on a show.

Ticket details for the game along with details of events leading up to the game will be released shortly.

Rugby League Commercial Managing Director Rhodri Jones said: The Betfred World Club Challenge is a mouth-watering fixture to relish in the opening weeks of our 2024 season, as two of the worlds great Rugby League clubs meet in Wigan.

All credit must go to both clubs for the collegiate way discussions have taken place to confirm the fixture.

It promises to be a very special night, with Penrith determined to be crowned world club champions for the first time, and Wigan are looking to extend their wonderful history in the World Club Challenge stretching back almost four decades, including a previous victory against the Panthers.


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When does Penrith Panthers fly out to the Uk.
They should be roughly flying around 6th February to get used with England weather conditions.

I heard when St Helens left Manchester it was 31st January 2023 arriving Sydney Kingsford airport 2nd February that gave the 16 days to prepare the big game at the time on 18th February which they ended up beating us. I think to get use England winter season they should be flying 6th February arriving in Manchester on the 8th February that gives them 16 days to prepare big game on 24th February 2024 against Wigan Warriors.


One possible point of difference is last year St Helens played St. George in a warm up/ trial game prior to playing us.

Would have liked to see us do similar particularly if it was against an historic 3rd division club such as Oldham, but from what I have read / heard we arnt playing any lead up games.

Penrith will play training session with Warrington Wolves a week prior the main game. Has there been any news when Penrith will be flying to Manchester also will they train during the stop over. Looking at the weather at Wigan at moment it sitting around 5c degrees.

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Penrith Panthers will be departing Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on the 16th February arriving in England on the 17th February. That gives them 7 days to prepare for the game against Wigan.

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Penrith could of played round 1 in Las Vegas after the World Club Challenge in Wigan. There are direct flights from Manchester to Las Vegas with non-stop.