Super League sides headed for Australia

Super League sides headed for Australia

Super League sides headed for Australia

"It's the community's chance to experience the unique atmosphere generated at the first Super League game to be played outside Europe", Doust said.

The NRL pre-season will have a different feel in 2018 with UK Super League sides Wigan Warriors and Hull FC travel to Sydney to take on the Rabbitohs and Dragons as part of a global double-header at ANZ Stadium on Saturday February 17.

Super League will host its first ever fixture outside Europe when Hull FC face Wigan Warriors in Australia next season.

Hull FC and Wigan Warriors will both return to the United Kingdom to participate in the World Club Challenge or Series on the weekend of 24/25 February, should either team qualify.

New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said: "Australia is mad for rugby league and I am thrilled the NSW Government has secured these exclusive matches for Sydney and Wollongong which will drive visitors to both areas".

"The two Super League sides will spend two weeks in the state with the three-match tour expected to attract close to 5000 interstate and overseas visitors to NSW, injecting more than $7 million into the local visitor economy".

The tour, which has been sanctioned by the Rugby Football League, will not affect the World Club Series, due to be held in the United Kingdom at the end of February.

The league explained the decision is part of its strategy to promote club rugby league on the national and worldwide stage and is being supported by the New South Wales government.

Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan has called it the biggest single commercial contract the franchise has ever signed.

"There are genuine links between Wigan and Wollongong and at the core of this partnership is the fact it represents two passionate and successful rugby league heartlands", he said.

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