Broncos Want WCS At Home

Broncos Want WCS At Home

Broncos Want WCS At Home

Broncos Want WCS At Home

Broncos Want WCS At Home

Broncos Want WCS At Home

THE Broncos tried to convince Wigan and Britain’s Rugby Football League to let them host Sunday’s World Club Series game against the English runners-up.

Broncos chief executive Paul White said the club remains keen to host a British top-three club at Suncorp Stadium in the pre-season event in the near future, but accepted the English view that the WCS concept was best served by holding all three games in England.

In the second edition of the WCS, Brisbane play Wigan in the second of the three clashes between Australian and Super League clubs, with the finale being Monday morning’s clash of the two premiers, North Queensland and Leeds.

A WCS match at Suncorp Stadium next February would add an extra event to its schedule which in the next 12 months includes only one representative game, the June 22 Origin encounter.

Suncorp will not host a Test this year for the first time since 2013, with Newcastle and Perth awarded a trans-Tasman clash each.

The All Stars game is now out of contract with Tourism and Events Queensland, with a bumper 37,339 attendance for a pre-season game last Saturday seemingly not enough to convince the NRL to maintain the same week and venue in 2017.

“I wanted to bring an English team here in 2016 and believe it could have been a great opportunity for us,’’ White said.

“The team we are playing, Wigan, were the team we’d spoke to about it and they were certainly interested in those discussions. The NRL were aware.

“It was decided that it was best for all three games be played in the UK to give some more weight to the concept and there was real upside financially for the English if we supported those games being in England a second year.“Into the future, I definitely see value in those games. We could put on a wonderful event. Their supporters do travel and you imagine what you’d be able to do with the support of (TEQ) if you get a few thousand English supporters, with a civic dinner and other events.’’

Longer term, Sydney league insiders remain confident the NRL grand final will not move from Sydney at the expiration in 2020 of a contract with the NSW Government.

The NSW Government’s declared $1.6 billion investment in ANZ and Parramatta Stadiums and an unresolved redevelopment at Moore Park provides a powerful argument in the face of the State Government’s talks with the NRL last year about paying a hirers' fee to stage a grand final at Suncorp Stadium in the 2020s.

 

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