Channel 4 to broadcast World Club Challenge as part of special double header involving Wigan Warriors

St Helens will head down under in February 2023 to take on Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge.

It’s the first time since 2020 that the event goes ahead and gives this St Helens side the chance to win the only trophy to allude them during this dynasty.

It is the first time since 2018 that the World Club Challenge has been held down under and only the third time since the turn of the century after Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos both went to Australia and lost to Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm respectively.

Speaking of firsts, the World Club Challenge will be broadcast free-to-air by Channel 4 and will be part of double header by the broadcaster that day with the Betfred Super League clash between Hull KR and Wigan Warriors live at 1pm.

This will mark the 8th time St Helens have played in the World Club Challenge, with two victories to their name, coming in 2001 and 2007, both against Brisbane Broncos.

They have never met the Panthers nor won the World Club Challenge down under.

Penrith Panthers have previously appeared twice in the World Club Challenge, being beaten by Wigan Warriors (1991) and also being beaten by Bradford Bulls (2004).

Rhodri Jones, Super League chief commercial officer, said: “Following a two-year hiatus it is fantastic to see the world Club Challenge back in the calendar.

“Both teams have had phenomenal success in recent seasons and it will be great to see the best from Betfred Super League taking on the best from the NRL in a winner takes all match up.”

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