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Wigan Warriors v Sydney Roosters
The Wigan Warriors take on the Sydney Roosters in the 2019 World Club Challenge and the great news for fans o both the Super League and the NRL and for sporting fans in general is that you can watch all of the action live online via our World Club Challenge live streaming partners.
For those new to the sport, the World Club Challenge feature the winners of the Super League take on the winners of the NRL to determine the best club side in the world. With the Super League been the pinnacle for clubs from England, Wales, France and Canada and the NRL been the pinnacle for a system including clubs from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and in the near future, Fiji, the event really is the best of the best and it has given us some fantastic match up down the years.
The Warriors, who defeated near neighbours, the Warrington Wolves in the 2018 Super League Grand Final have undergone lots of changes since then.
They have lost their head coach and 3 star players, so whilst it is no surprise they have started the 2019 Super League season in inconsistent form, they will at least be able to take some belief from winning last time out against Leeds and in the fact they have 2 matches under belt.
The Roosters have had no game time outside of friendlies so far this season and whilst the Warriors are without a couple of big name players the Roosters are close to full strength.
It is often said that teams from the NRL don’t take the World Club Challenge too seriously but simply by the fact that they have won the match so many times down the years and they fact that they bring such strong squads that has been all but debunked except for a couple of sides in the NRL.
The Roosters are certainly taking it seriously, thanks in no small part to the respect in Super League of their head coach Trent Robinson, who of course managed the Dragons earlier on in his career. He has brought the Roosters over early to acclimatise and prepare for the match with a camp in France and action against Toulouse Olympique.
Wigan have played 2 matches this season and have 1 loss and 1 win with that win coming last time out at home to Leeds.
The Roosters yet to play any meaningful action this season.
Wigan are without Dom Manfredi and Joe Burgess who are still injured but Dan Sarginson is named despite picking up an ankle knock last time out.
The Roosters have brought a strong squad with them with new signings Ryan Hall and Brett Morris set to debut.
Australian superstar Cooper Cronk is set to make his final appearance in the UK after retiring form international duty.
The World Club Challenge is always difficult to predict and this one looks to be no difference.
Whilst their can be no denying that the Roosters superstar line up is far stronger than that of the Warriors, especially this Warriors squad who have lost key players from last season, Sydney have to contend with this been their first game of the season.
The Chucks also have to contend with leaving the Sydney summer for the Wigan winter and all of that will help Wigan but with the sheer quality in the Roosters line up and with the respect given the WCC by Trent Robinson, this could be a long evening for the Warriors who will be relying on the huge home crowd to get behind them.
Score Prediction Sydney Roosters by 16