PROBIZ World Club Challenge Stat Pack

PROBIZ World Club Challenge Stat Pack


Sunday 27 February (19:15)
at DW Stadium, Wigan

WIGAN WARRIORS are aiming to set a new record of being World Club Challenge winners for a fourth time. They previously won the title in 1987 (8-2 against Manly at Central Park), 1991 (21-4 against Penrith at Anfield) and 1994 (20-14 against Brisbane at ANZ Stadium). The Warriors' only loss came in 1992 (22-8 to Brisbane at Central Park).

The Warriors will make a new record fifth World Club Challenge appearance on Sunday - Brisbane Broncos, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens have all made four appearances.

BRADFORD BULLS are the other club to have won the World Club Challenge three times, in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS will make their World Club Challenge debut on Sunday night.

SIX members of the current Wigan Warriors squad have played in World Club Challenges before. Only four of those six will get the chance to extend their number of appearances on Sunday, with BRETT FINCH out injured and JEFF LIMA suspended.
None of the six have appeared in a World Club Challenge for Wigan, but MARTIN GLEESON and Finch played on opposite sides in 2003 when Sydney Roosters defeated St Helens. Gleeson is the only player from the six not to have tasted glory in the World Club Challenge before.
STUART FIELDEN has never lost a World Club Challenge, having been victorious whilst playing for Bradford in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He will set a new individual record of four wins if the Warriors prevail on Sunday.
RYAN HOFFMAN is aiming to become only the second player to win World Club titles with a Super League team and an NRL team, having previously won with Melbourne last season. MARCUS BAI is the other, having won with Melbourne in 2000 and Leeds in 2005.

Paul Deacon (2002, Bradford Bulls v Newcastle Knights, Won)

Stuart Fielden (2002, Bradford Bulls v Newcastle Knights, Won)
(2004, Bradford Bulls v Penrith Panthers, Won)
(2006, Bradford Bulls v Wests Tigers, Won)

Brett Finch (2003, Sydney Roosters v St Helens, Won)
(2010, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, Won)

Martin Gleeson (2003, St Helens v Sydney Roosters, Lost)

Ryan Hoffman (2008, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, Lost)
(2010, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, Won)

Jeff Lima (2008, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, Lost)
(2010, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, Won)

KARL PRYCE, currently on loan at Harlequins, also has one previous World Club Challenge appearance (2006, Bradford Bulls v Wests Tigers, Won)

DARIUS BOYD is the only member of the St George Illawarra squad to play in a previous World Club Challenge (2007, Brisbane Broncos v St Helens, Lost)

Coach WAYNE BENNETT will be taking charge of his sixth decider having previously been in charge of Brisbane Broncos in 1992 (v Wigan, Won), 1994 (v Wigan, Lost), 1997 (v Hunter Mariners, Won), 2001 (v St Helens, Lost) and 2007 (v St Helens, Lost).

THOMAS LEULUAI of Wigan and NATHAN FIEN of St George Illawarra are both aiming to add to their international and club medal haul with victory on Sunday. They both won domestic Grand Finals last season, to go with wins for New Zealand in the 2010 Four Nations and the 2008 World Cup Final.

WIGAN WARRIORS qualified for this year's World Club Challenge by beating St Helens 22-10 in the Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 2 October, 2010. Attendance: 71,526.

Wigan: Sam Tomkins; Darrell Goulding; Martin Gleeson; George Carmont; Pat Richards; Paul Deacon; Thomas Leuluai; Stuart Fielden; Michael McIlorum; Andy Coley; Harrison Hansen; Joel Tomkins; 13 Sean O'Loughlin (C). Subs (all used): Mark Riddell; Iafeta Palea'aesina; Liam Farrell; Paul Prescott.

Tries: Gleeson (2), Goulding, S Tomkins; Goals: Richards 2, Riddell.

Man of the Match: Thomas Leuluai won the Harry Sunderland Trophy.

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS qualified for this year's World Club Challenge by beating Sydney Roosters 32-8 in the NRL Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 3 October, 2010. Attendance: 82,334.

St George Illawarra: Darius Boyd; Brett Morris; Mark Gasnier; Matt Cooper; Jason Nightingale; Jamie Soward; Ben Hornby (C); Neville Costigan; Dean Young; Michael Weyman; Beau Scott; Ben Creagh; Jeremy Smith. Subs (all used): Nathan Fien; Trent Merrin; Matt Prior; Jarrod Saffy.

Tries: Gasnier, Nightingale (2), Young, Fien; Goals: Soward 6.

Man of the Match: Darius Boyd won the Clive Churchill Medal.


The first World Club Championship/Challenge match was on Tuesday, 29 June 1976 when Eastern Suburbs (now Sydney Roosters) beat St Helens 25-2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of 26,856. The Saints had won the Premiership in 1975-76, while Easts were the 1975 Australian Premiership Grand Final winners.

The one-off match was given little official status and there were no further meetings between the countries' top teams until Wigan met and beat Manly 8-2 at Central Park on 7 October 1987 in the re-styled World Club Challenge. Wigan qualified as the 1986-87 Division One champions and Manly as Australia's Minor Premiership (league leaders) winners, although they did win the Grand Final just 10 days before meeting Wigan.

The World Club Challenge was given full International Board recognition in 1989 and was played at irregular intervals up to 1994 between the British champions and Australia's Grand Final winners.

In 1997 there was a Super League World Club Championship involving 22 clubs. There was a gap of a few years before the World Club Challenge was restored in 2000 with a match between Britain and Australia's Grand Final winners.
British clubs have won 11 of the 16 World Club Challenge matches since 1987.

World Club Challenge 1987-2010

7/10/87 Wigan 8 Manly 2 (Central Park, Wigan) Attendance: 36,895
10/10/89 Widnes 30 Canberra 18 (Old Trafford, Manchester) Attendance: 30,786
2/10/91 Wigan 21 Penrith 4 (Anfield, Liverpool) Attendance: 20,152
30/10/92 Brisbane 22 Wigan 8 (Central Park, Wigan) Attendance: 17,746
1/6/94 Wigan 20 Brisbane 14 (ANZ Stadium, Brisbane) Attendance: 54,220
22/1/00 Melbourne 44 St Helens 6 (JJB Stadium, Wigan) Attendance: 13,394
26/1/01 St Helens 20 Brisbane 18 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 16,041
1/2/02 Bradford 41 Newcastle 26 (McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 21,113
14/2/03 Sydney Roosters 38 St Helens 0 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 19,807
13/2/04 Bradford 22 Penrith 4 (McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 18,962
4/2/05 Leeds 39 Bulldogs 32 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 37,028
3/2/06 Bradford 30 Wests Tigers 10 (Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 19,207
23/2/07 St Helens 18 Brisbane 14 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 23,207
29/2/08 Leeds 11 Melbourne 4 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 33,204
1/3/09 Manly 28 Leeds 20 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 32,569
28/2/10 Melbourne 18 Leeds 10 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 27,697

Brisbane Broncos beat Hunter Mariners 36-12 at Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, in the 1997 Super League World Club Championship final following a competition involving 22 clubs. The attendance was 12,000.


Most tries
No player has scored three or more in a World Club Challenge match, but Darren Smith got a hat-trick for Brisbane Broncos when they beat Hunter Mariners in the final of the 22-club world championship in 1997.

Most goals
9 (including 1 field goal) by Paul Deacon (Bradford Bulls, v Newcastle Knights, 2002)
9 by Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters, v St Helens, 2003)

Most points
22 (1 try, 9 goals) by Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters, v St Helens, 2003)

Most appearances
5 by Jamie Peacock
(2010, Leeds Rhinos v Melbourne Storm, Lost)
(2009, Leeds Rhinos v Manly Sea Eagles, Lost)
(2008, Leeds Rhinos v Melbourne Storm, Won)
(2004, Bradford Bulls v Penrith Panthers, Won)
(2002, Bradford Bulls v Newcastle Knights, Won)

The only player to be sent off in a World Club Challenge match was Ron Gibbs of Manly for illegal use of the elbow on Wigan's Joe Lydon in 1987. Gibbs was not suspended.

The above information is provided courtesy of the RFL.


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