French: A privilege

  • Bevan French has shared his excitement on the announcement that Wigan Warriors will face Warrington Wolves in Las Vegas next season.
  • French: “It’s something hopefully years down the line that you can tell your grandkids – that you played the first Super League game in Las Vegas. It’s definitely a privilege.”
  • Full information on the historic clash can be found HERE.

Bevan French has shared his excitement on the announcement that Wigan Warriors will face Warrington Wolves in Las Vegas next season.

The historic clash, which will see the Betfred Super League competition played in the United States for the first time in March 2025, was confirmed by senior representatives from both Clubs inside Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday morning.

Sharing his excitement at the press conference, French said: “You always have aspirations as a player so it’s exciting to be given the platform and opportunity to grow the game.

“It’s something that hopefully years down the line you can tell your grandkids about – that you played the first Super League game in Las Vegas. It’s definitely a privilege.”

The game, which will form a key part of the NRL’s Rugby League Las Vegas Festival, will be the first of four matches that the Allegiant Stadium will host in one day – two NRL fixtures and a clash between England Women and Australia Women will follow.

The 65,000 capacity Allegiant Stadium – home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders – hosted an NRL double-header for the first time at the start of the 2024 season, and on the showpiece event, French said: “It was crazy – the atmosphere, the stadium – as you could see it was more free-style rugby than the normal game.

“It will be great to play in Las Vegas in front of a whole new crowd in hopefully a packed out stadium.”

On competing alongside some of the planet’s best players in Las Vegas – including Penrith Panthers who the Warriors beat in the Betfred World Club Challenge last February – French said: “The gap is closing between the competitions [the NRL and Super League] and we’re starting to see a lot more younger talent come over rather than those at the back-end of their careers. Given a big platform, hopefully this will inspire a lot of younger British players to pick up a rugby ball.”

Looking ahead to the clash in Las Vegas, French said: “For it to be the first Super League game in the United States means it has to be one of the biggest for sure.”

More information on the historic clash in Las Vegas – including the schedule, tickets and travel packages – is available online HERE.

Wednesday 10 July 2024