World Club Series

WORLD CLUB SERIES

The World Club Series, which has evolved from the World Club Challenge, is an annual event which sees three National Rugby League teams play three Super League sides. From its inception in 1976 up until 2014, the Series was a one off match between the NRL and SL Premiers. In 2015, the concept was expanded to involve six clubs, with the Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra Dragons, joining the 2014 Premiers, South Sydney, in the UK to challenge the SL Premiers, St Helens, and two other teams (Warrington Wolves & Wigan Warriors).

The first official World Club Challenge in 1976 saw the NSWRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs), host the Super League champions, St Helens, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The game would then take a long hiatus before the Wigan Warriors downed the Manly Sea Eagles in England 8-2 in 1987. Over the years, this match has predominantly been held in the United Kingdom, with Super League teams winning 12 of 23 clashes. The Sydney Roosters, Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors share the honour of most WCC wins, with each of them winning the exhibition match three times.


PREVIOUS WORLD CLUB SERIES WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RUNNERS UP SCORE
2015 SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS ST HELENS 39-0
2014 SYDNEY ROOSTERS WIGAN WARRIORS 36-14
2013 MELBOURNE STORM LEEDS RHINOS 18-14
2012 LEEDS RHINOS MANLY SEA EAGLES 26-12
2011 ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS WIGAN WARRIORS 21-15
2010 MELBOURNE STORM LEEDS RHINOS 18-10
2009 MANLY SEA EAGLES LEEDS RHINOS 28-20
2008 LEEDS RHINOS MELBOURNE STORM 11-4
2007 ST HELENS BRISBANE BRONCOS 18-14
2006 BRADFORD BULLS WESTS TIGERS 30-10

* Melbourne Storm were stripped of their 2010 WCC title for salary cap infringements