WCC to be broadcast worldwide

Sunday’s Gillette World Club Challenge match between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm to decide the best club Rugby League side in the world will be broadcast around the world to more than 30 countries.

In the UK, the fixture which kicks off at 6.30pm, will be shown live on Sky Sports HD1 but broadcast worldwide to a potential audience of 33 million people all tuning in to see some of the best players in the world go head-to-head at Elland Road.

Although William Hill, the RFL’s official bookmakers, cannot separate the two sides – pricing them both at 5/6 – Melbourne Storm may start as the most confident.

Having reached the NRL Grand Final for the last four years, the Storm boast a line-up including four players who represented Australia in last November’s Gillette Four Nations Final victory over England.

These are 2008 RLIF International Player of the Year Billy Slater, 2009 Golden Boot winner Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith and Ryan Hoffman.

Just five of the current Melbourne team played in the 2008 World Club Challenge which Leeds Rhinos won 11-4, whilst Leeds boast 13 survivors from that game including captain Kevin Sinfield and England captain Jamie Peacock.

After becoming the first side in history to win three successive Engage Super League Grand Finals, the Rhinos will be keen to reclaim the world crown they lost last year to Manly Sea Eagles.

Tickets for Sunday’s Gillette World Club Challenge are still available.  Prices start from £20 for adults and £10 for children and can be purchased from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 11 13 or via www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Family tickets, priced £40 for two adults and two children, are still available until Friday at 5pm.

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