“For us, I think we do need to get a win,” Wood told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But we’ve had success in this competition before.
“Our best clubs are absolutely the equal of the NRL clubs in every capacity – on field and off it.
“We might not have the same depth in terms of excellence as the NRL but we should definitely believe St Helens, Wigan and Leeds are as good on and off the field as those they’ll be playing.”
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood insists Super League’s leading clubs are the equal of their Australian rivals in “every capacity.”
Wood said the Australian clubs value the competition more now.
“Firstly, we have to really recognise and celebrate the fact it’s taken us a while to get the concept up and away,” he said.
“Last year, there were only a handful of NRL clubs who wanted to consider it.
“This year they virtually all put their hands up and said they wanted to be a part of this.
“It’s testimony to the concept that they are bringing their one, two and three over; this is not the champions plus two other volunteers.
“It puts equity into it.”