A newly expanded World Club Series has been announced today by the NRL.
Rugby league’s annual World Club Challenge will next year be expanded to include six teams from both the NRL and the English Super League.
The premiers from the NRL and the Super League will now be joined by two other clubs from each competition to play in the newly named World Club Series, to be played in the UK between February 20-22 in 2015.
South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos have already confirmed their involvement in next year’s competition, even if neither win the NRL Grand Final.
Several other NRL clubs have also expressed interest in joining the competition.
NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg, said the expanded series would add greater interest to the challenge.
“Australian fans already love seeing the Premiers go up against the best of Britain – but having three teams from each competition will really add to the excitement,” he said.
Super League general manager Blake Solly said the revamped series was an exciting concept.
“We are delighted to be hosting the World Club Series here in England, and are very excited about the opportunity to build and expand on what is an already outstanding concept.
“It is a chance for the teams to go head-to-head in battle before huge crowds to show which is the best competition and who are the best clubs in the world.”