Wigan Rugby: Warriors to face Roosters Down Under

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Wigan will head to Australia in February after it was confirmed that their World Club Challenge with Sydney Roosters will be held in Sydney.

Warriors finished fourth in this year’s Super League table but came through the play-offs with victory over Huddersfield and Leeds to face Warrington in the final.

The DW Stadium outfit then took care of the Wolves in the Grand Final to claim the spoils and earn a shot at the best from the southern hemisphere.

The annual challenge match between the champions of the NRL and Super League was last held Down Under in 1994 when Wigan beat Brisbane Broncos but it will take place in New South Wales at the Allianz Stadium on February 22 next year.

Current Wigan coach Shaun Wane is no stranger to the event, having collected the man-of-the-match award when Wigan beat Manley at Central Park way back in 1987.

And the former Wigan prop was delighted with the news that they will have to face the NRL champions in their own backyard this time around.

“It is great that the World Club Challenge returns to Australia after the UK has hosted the competition successfully for a number of years,” he said.

“The Roosters are a champion side but we are excited about travelling to Sydney for the game and the challenge that lies before us as we aim to be crowned world club champions for a fourth time.”

The Warriors plan to play one warm-up game before the match, between Wednesday, February 12 and Saturday, February 16, but there has been no confirmation of an opponent or venue.

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