Less than a hour after Wigan’s 22-6 demolition of Cronulla Sharks in the Dacia World Challenge Series on Sunday, the RFL revealed that they were already in “detailed discussions” about next year’s competition - and no doubt they will be pressing for more clubs to take part.
The Warriors’ win came on the back of Warrington Wolves’ 27-18 victory over the Brisbane Broncos the previous day - and is seen as a major boost for the Betfred Super League.
Rugby Football League and Super League chief executive, Nigel Wood, said: “These two games have shown that the annual series between NRL and Betfred Super League clubs can be competitive and I am delighted that both Wigan and Warrington have demonstrated the high quality and skill level of Rugby League in the Northern hemisphere, particularly in a World Cup year.
“We are already in detailed discussion with our colleagues from the NRL about the format and potential locations for the 2018 World Club Series and these discussions will advance over the coming weeks as we review the 2017 series.
“What is clear is that competitive international club rugby can showcase the very best in our sport to the world.
“We would like to offer our congratulations to Wigan for winning the 2017 Dacia World Club Challenge and Warrington for their victory in the series.
“The skill, passion and quality on show over the last two days have demonstrated that Rugby League at its best is difficult to beat.”