Maguire relishing return to England to clash with St Helens

South Sydney Rabbitohs head coach Michael Maguire is looking forward to travelling back to the North of England for the World Club Challenge next year.

His NRL champion team will clash with St Helens at Langtree Park on Sunday February 22 as they look to be crowned as world champions.

“We’re really looking forward to the World Club Challenge as a group and it will be a fantastic way to start our 2015 season with the World Club title on the line,” said the former Wigan Warriors coach.

““We have a few new players in our squad this year and a tough hit out such as the one we expect against St Helens will set us up well for our Premiership defence.”

Maguire is also expecting some local support, and not just from expatriate Australians.

“Despite St Helens being the local side I’m sure many English-based Rabbitohs members and supporters and ex-pat Aussies will get behind us,” he added.

“I’m also sure the English crowd will look forward seeing some of our English Rabbitohs in the Burgess brothers in action on home soil.

“I understand the importance of the World Club Challenge from my time at Wigan and our team can’t wait to play for another big title in February.”

St Helens’ new head coach Keiron Cunningham is also looking forward to the chance for his team to test itself against the NRL‘s best outfit.

“We are very much looking forward to pitting our wits against South Sydney and we’re sure it will be a great contest,” he said.

“Winning the World Club Challenge would be massive for the club and having been part of two wins as a player, I know how special it is to the town and the fans.

“I’m sure Langtree Park will be packed to the rafters as the two best club sides in the world lock horns.”

Tickets for the 2015 World Club Challenge between St Helens and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Langtree Park on Sunday February 22 2015 cost from £22 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the Langtree Park ticket office or by calling 01744 455 052. For full details please visit

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