Offiah to be guest of honour at the Betfred World Club Challenge
Rugby League icon Martin Offiah MBE will be the guest of honour for Sunday’s Betfred World Club Challenge clash between Wigan Warriors and Sydney Roosters.
Offiah, who is one of the sport’s most recognisable and respected personalities, has been invited to the DW Stadium for the game and will be introduced to the competing teams and match officials prior to kick-off and will then be responsible for presenting the commemorative medals and Betfred World Club Challenge trophy to the winning captain.
Offiah, a Hall of Fame member of Wigan Warriors, joined the Wigan club from Widnes for a world record fee of £440,000 in 1991 and went on to become one of the most prolific try scorers in the Club’s history. A point’s scoring machine, Offiah won four Challenge Cups with Wigan, five league titles, three Regal Trophies and one Lancashire Cup and was member of the Widnes 1989 World Club Challenge winning team and Wigan’s victorious winning team . He scored a stunning 186 tries in 159 appearances for the Cherry and Whites and he is immortalised in a statue at Wembley Stadium alongside fellow rugby league greats Eric Ashton, Billy Boston, Alex Murphy and Gus Risman.
In a glittering playing career, Offiah also represented Eastern Suburbs, the previous name for the now Sydney Roosters club, in two spells with the Bondi outfit in 1989 and 1991.
Commenting on his role on for Sunday’s game, Offiah said: “I’m honoured to be invited by the Club to be guest of honour for such a prestigious game between two clubs that I have such a fondness for. The Betfred World Club Challenge is such a big game for rugby league, one that still stirs the emotions and sparks the imaginations of anyone who is associated with the sport. I was lucky enough to be part of two World Club Challenge winning teams, with Widnes and Wigan, so it’s game that is very close to my heart.”
Wigan Warriors take on the Sydney Roosters in the Betfred World Club Challenge as the world’s two best rugby league sides go head-to-head at the DW Stadium on Sunday February 17th, kick-off 7pm. Secure your seat today by calling the DW Stadium ticket office on 01942 311111 or visiting https://wiganwarriors.com/tickets