The 2019 World Club Series will see premiers of the NRL, the Sydney Roosters, take on the champs of the Super League, the Wigan Warriors.
The match was played in Melbourne last year, but in 2019 the game returns to the UK and Manchester where Wigan will host the Chooks so it’s a bit of an advantage for the Warriors, and you can watch the action Live, or stream the replays at a more convenient time.
2019 World Club Challenge Preview
The Sydney Roosters have been one of the more consistent teams in the NRL since Trent Robinson took over in 2013, with two premiership wins and making the finals in all bar one year. They are such a well drilled, professional team, producing the clear best defence in the competition, and it was that factor which saw them win the title last year, thumping the then reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm. They’ve named a 23 man squad to head to the UK for the game, including Cooper Cronk, who seems to be over the severe shoulder tear which left him as a man to bark orders in one of the more courageous efforts in Grand Final history. The notable omission is young gun Latrell Mitchell, who won’t be playing as he has decided to play for the Indigenous NRL All Stars, a great sign for a young kid who is proud about his culture, but it does leave a void in the centres and with the goal kicking, and he wasn’t far off being named the Clive Churchill Medal winner in the Grand Final last year.
Wigan are the Super League champions and and will go into this game with home nation support and conditions to suit given it’s been a very cold Winter in the UK. Wigan got here via winning the Super League Grand Final last year, where they beat Warrington 12-4, thanks to a double from Dom Manfredi, a star winger in the UK and he is the big key as to whether or not the Warriors have the scoring power to beat the Roosters. Mandredi is recovering from knee surgery, and is racing the clock to be fit for the game, but there is still quality across the park with a key player being Thomas Leuluai. The veteran has spent a chunk of time in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors. He is a very good half and can create chances from relatively nothing, so his kicking and indeed passing game will be vital, because the Roosters defence is near impossible to crack.
Sydney Roosters vs Wigan Warriors Live TV
Live TV: Monday 18 February 5.30am – 8.00am (9/Fox League/Kayo Sports)
Replay: Monday 18 Feb from 7.30pm – 9.00pm (Fox League)
Shown as Sydney time (AEDT), adjust for regional differences.
Stream the World Club Challenge Live and Free
While you can find this year’s World Club Challenge on Free to Air in Australia (Nine/9Now), the Fox League channel (Foxtel) and Kayo Sports will broadcast the match LIVE and ad-break free during play, along with replays for those that missed out and the option to watch live online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out 2 week Kayo Sports free trial which has no lock-in contract and offers access to the same Rugby League broadcasts as Foxtel. With the Kayo trial you can stream the World Club Challenge free to a range of compatible mobile devices so you won’t have to miss a minute of the action whether you’re at home or out and about.