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Barry Hearn hails “breakthrough moment for rugby league”

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Following the accouncement that British rugby league is heading to Las Vegas for the first time, Barry Hearn and Rick Astley have responded.

A large number of fans travelled to the 2024 Vegas games from the United Kingdom, something which caught the eye of senior NRL officials.

Now, it has been confirmed that two Super League sides will be involved in the event, in a historic first for British rugby league.

Wigan Warriors, the current holders of all four major trophies available, will play against Warrington Wolves in a rematch of this year’s Challenge Cup final.

All four matches will be shown live on Sky Sports – with the Wigan-Warrington match kicking off the action at 9:30pm UK time on Saturday 1st March.

The matches will be staged at the 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders and venue for the 2024 NFL Super Bowl – where more than 40,000 attended the NRL’s first Vegas promotion earlier this year.

Barry Hearn and Rick Astley hail “breakthrough moment for rugby league” with Super League to Vegas

Barry Hearn, a sports promoter and former chairmen of the Professional Darts Corporation hailed the fixture, saying: “I just want to really wish the best of luck to Warrington Wolves as they go to Las Vegas on March 1st to play Wigan Warriors.

“Wow, a breakthrough moment for rugby league. My best wishes go to both teams but in particular of course, Warrington Wolves.

“Go enjoy yourself boys, it’s party time in Vegas””

They even had the ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ singer in on the action, and Rick Astley said, via Instagram: “Can you believe it?

“Warrington Wolves vs Wigan Warriors in Las Vegas. Come on! Come on! It’s happening in 2025 in March – I said it: in Las Vegas!

“Come on The Wire. Let’s have it.”

However, not every rugby league fan was convinced that this was what’s needed for the sport.

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