Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has admitted that the belief from the NRL sides that the World Club Series is a viable competition to have is proven by their attendance on the other side of the world.
Sydney, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys have all flown to the United Kingdom to take part in the second edition of the event, which pits the NRL’s best against the elite of Super League.
And although it comes dangerously close to the start of the new NRL season, Robinson admits he’s a big fan of the concept.
“I love Super League and the NRL coming together,” said Robinson. “There’s two big rugby league competitions in the world and sometimes we don’t see enough of each other so combining that is really important, at least once a year.
“I believe in it. The timing has always been the discussion, is it best at the start of the season or the end of the season? I think that debate is still ongoing.
“But I do like the push from the northern hemisphere to get six teams and to create that England versus Australia battle on this occasion.
“It puts at risk the start of the season for the NRL teams but we believe in the game so that’s why we want to be here.”