World Club Challenge returns to Elland Road

The venue for the 2010 Carnegie World Club Challenge has been confirmed with the Melbourne Storm set to take on the Leeds Rhinos at Elland Road, on Sunday February 28.

The annual showdown between the Super League and Telstra Premiership champions, will return to Elland Road for its third successive year, and will be a repeat of the 2008 world club title decider.

Back in 2008, a crowd of over 33,000 saw Leeds record an 11 – 4 defeat over the Storm in cold wet conditions at the home of Leeds United.

Gary Hetherington, the Chief Executive of Leeds Rhinos, said the engage Super League champions were relishing the chance to claim a third Carnegie World Club Challenge crown.

“The players have been talking about the World Club ever since they reached the dressing room at Old Trafford after beating St Helens in the Super League Grand Final last Saturday,” said Hetherington.

“We have had some epic games in the Carnegie World Club Challenge, none more so than against Melbourne last year, and this one promises to be the best yet.

“There was a time when the Australian champions perhaps didn’t take this event as seriously as the Super League champions do but as we’ve seen in the last few years, winning the World Club Challenge means as much to them as it does to us.

“Melbourne Storm have a remarkable record in the NRL and Leeds have won an unprecedented hat-trick of engage Super League titles – these two sides have consistently been the best in the world so the stakes have never been as high as they will be on February 28 next year.”