Melbourne Storm will become only the third Australian team to stage the World Club Challenge, with the match between the NRL premiers and Super League champions due to be played at AAMI Park on Friday, February 16 2018.
The Rhinos are looking to claim their fourth world title but this will the first time they have travelled outside of the UK and Chief Executive Gary Hetherington, who was at the World Club Challenge launch in Sydney, is excited by the prospect.
“Winning the World Club Challenge is the ultimate achievement for all Super League and NRL teams and we are excited to be coming to Melbourne to take on the best club team I have seen,” he said.
“Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm have been rugby league’s two most successful teams over the past 20 years and it’s fitting for us to come together for the fourth time in the World Club Challenge. Each of the other three games in Leeds have been terrific contests and coming to Melbourne represents our biggest ever challenge. A victory would be the pinnacle in our Club’s 128 year history. We hope all the English living in Melbourne come along to support the Rhinos and our fans who visit the City will have a memorable experience.”