It’s the big one this morning – can Leeds get one over the Aussies and beat the mighty Melbourne Storm?
What’s on site
Leeds fly the flag for Super League this morning when they take on Melbourne Storm in their own backyard hoping for what would surely be the greatest World Club Challenge victory of all time.
The World Club Challenge has exposed one of rugby league’s ongoing issues – surely it’s time for the sport to have one set of rules/laws?
There’s more Super League tonight of course as Widnes host Warrington – check out our match preview.
If you haven’t seen it already, check out our feature on the countries that have hosted a Super League match.
What’s in the papers
The Mirror speak with John Kear ahead of the new League One campaign, and he says turning around Bradford Bulls would be his greatest achievement.
There’s a new edition of one of our favourite rugby league pieces in The Guardian, No Helmets Required. Some very interesting bits in it about Hull and Wigan playing in traditional kits Down Under, and how TV viewing figures are more important than season ticket numbers…
What’s on social
Let’s bring back the feel good! How about this for a great start to the League One season on Sunday…
— York City Knights⚔️ (@YorkKnightsRLFC) February 15, 2018
Our friends at BBC Radio Manchester set off a debate about whether Super League needs to play games around the globe. Cue some interesting responses…
The RFL are building skyscrapers without putting in the foundation's first it'll only be so long until it collapses!
— Mike Dixon (@DixonMikeymd) February 15, 2018
The Rugby AM guys are doing good things for the sport (even if we aren’t convinced by Wayne Godwin’s segment – sorry Wagga!)
Can’t wait to help promote our great game of rugby league with @RugbyAM and be a host for grass roots rugby… the place all young aspiring rugby players start their dream! #rugbyleague https://t.co/176KRwM9l3
— Paul Wood (@paulwood_RL16) February 15, 2018
What’s on TV/radio
06:00 – Brian Noble: Sporting Triumphs – Sky Sports Arena
08:15 – Hull KR v Catalans highlights – Sky Sports Arena
08:30 – LIVE: World Club Challenge, Melbourne v Leeds – Sky Sports Arena & Main Event
09:00 – LIVE: World Club Challenge, Melbourne v Leeds – BBC Sport Website, 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio Leeds
09:00 – LIVE: World Club Challenge, Melbourne v Leeds – Talksport 2
19:00 – Hull KR v Catalans highlights – Sky Sports Arena
19:15 – Melbourne v Leeds highlights – Sky Sports Arena
19:30 – LIVE: Super League, Widnes v Warrington – Sky Sports Arena & Main Event
This weekend we’ll be continuing our new LIVE Championship commentary at the AJ Bell Stadium, as Swinton host Batley. Join Dave Parkinson and James Gordon over on our Facebook page for full coverage of the game.