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For Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, winning trophies is why rugby league players play the game, and his team is no different as they prepare to take on St Helens in the World Club Challenge.

“Every time you play for a trophy – that’s why you play the game,” said Maguire.

“It’s a big honour to be here in the first place. To come over and take on the World Club Challenge – it’s something that we’ve got a really big focus about.”

“Our minds are right on this week. We want to prepare really well and we’re going to be playing against a team that are well prepared.”

There’s been no shortage of trophies either on their way to Redfern in recent times, with the NRL’s most coveted prize – the Premiership’s Provan-Summons Trophy – as well as the Auckland Nines trophy and the Charity Shield now safely in the hands of the Rabbitohs.

But Maguire’s men will face their biggest challenge yet come Monday morning (AEDT), when they take on English Super League champs St Helens for the right to be crowned World Champions of Rugby League.

The English Super League is already two rounds into its regular season, with St Helens currently leading the table courtesy of two wins, including a 52-6 thumping of Salford in round two.

“I’ve watched their last three games and they’re playing some strong football,” said Maguire.

“They’re completing their sets and they’re kicking long and defensively they’re a strong team, so for us, we need to make sure we’re doing all the little things well.”

 The World Club Challenge match will be broadcast live on GEM from 6am on Monday 23rd (AEDT).

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