The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on St Helens in next February’s World Club Challenge, after the English Club defeated the Wigan Warriors by 14-6 in the First Utility Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford overnight.
The two sides will meet in the UK on February 22 as the climax of the newly expanded World Club Series – a concept that will see a total of three NRL clubs facing off against three Super League clubs in a total of three matches – with the Rabbitohs v St Helens clash the concept’s centrepiece.
South Sydney will have the opportunity to be crowned World Champions with victory in the encounter, and will see the likes of Greg Inglis take on players the likes of Paul Wellens in the Northern Hemisphere/
The Rabbitohs booked their place in the World Club Challenge Final last Sunday when they defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs by 30-6 to claim a record 21st Premiership in front of a heaving crowd of 83,833 at ANZ Stadium.
In front of a vocal crowd of 70,102 at Old Trafford, St Helens earned their place in a bruising encounter that exploded inside the first three minutes when Wigan’s Ben Flowers decked the Saints’ Lance Hohaia with a left hook, resulting in the first ever send-off in Super League Grand Final history.
Despite the numerical advantage, The Saints struggled to take advantage until second-rower Sia Soliola scored, before winger Tom Makinson added a second 12 minutes from the end to clinch the club's first title in eight years.
The Rabbitohs have taken on Super League sides in their preparations for the NRL season in previous years, playing the 2007 Super League champions, the Leeds Rhinos, in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008, followed by a clash with the 2011 League Leaders Shield winners, the Warrington Wolves, in the 2012 Return to Redfern match.
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