Rhinos opt for Headingley as World Club Challenge venue

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Headingley WILL host their World Club Challenge clash with North Queensland Cowboys on February 21st.

Elland Road, the home of Leeds United, has staged a number of Leeds’ global showdowns over the years due to it’s bigger capacity – with the football  ground accommodating around 37,000 people in comparison to 21,000 at Headingley.

Rhinos were thought to be heavily considering using Elland Road once again, but the club has confirmed Headingley shall host the event for the third consecutive world title match Leeds have been involved in following their appearances in 2012 & 2013.

“It will be special to be back at Headingley Carnegie and taking on North Queensland,” said Rob Burrow, who has appeared in all six of the Rhinos previous World Club Challenges since 2005.

“They had a tremendous season last year and made their own history by winning the NRL Grand Final for the first time so it sets things up nicely with us having achieved something special in 2015 as well.

“In Jonathan Thurston they have one of the stars of our game and I am sure many young fans will be keen to see him in action as well as cheering the Rhinos on.”