Sky Sports has agreed a deal to show the World Club Challenge between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm on 16 th February.
The pay-TV broadcaster will carry live coverage as the 2017 Betfred Super League champions travel to Melbourne’s AAMI Park to face the 2017 Telstra Premiership title winners. It will be only the third time the World Club Challenge, which pits the respective champions of England and Australia’s elite rugby league competitions against one another each season, has been played in Australia.
Sky has also confirmed it will broadcast the first Super League game played outside of Europe when Wigan Warriors and Hull play at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
The following week, on 17th February, the two English clubs will take part in the first ever double-header games between Super League and the NRL teams at a single venue when Hull play St George Illawarra Dragons and Wigan face South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Sky Sports’ head of rugby league, Neville Smith, said: “We are delighted to be showing the World Club Challenge once again, as well as the first-ever Super League match to be played outside of Europe and an outstanding double-header in Sydney.
“These matches are going to be a tremendous part of another massive season of rugby league on Sky Sports, and we can’t wait to take you there.”