World Club Series could go to eight teams

The six-team World Club Series enters its second edition this weekend – but there are already talks about having the competition feature more teams.

According to an NRL boss at last night’s Golden Boot dinner – which TotalRL attended – there are discussions to have eight sides, four from Super League and four from the NRL, compete in the event.

It would involve two games in Australia and two in the United Kingdom, which would involve games being played at different times to accommodate fans on both sides of the world.

With it being a four-game series, it is believed that the winners of the World Club Challenge game would get two points, with the other World Club Series games getting one, making a grand total of five points being up for grabs.

“Ideally, it would be great to watch a game on a Friday night, get up Saturday morning and see another game in the same competition,” the NRL’s Andrew Hill said on Thursday night.

“Then the same thing would happen on Saturday night and Sunday morning. That’s the aim – eight teams with two games in each hemisphere.”

Super League officials are also keen on the idea – making this prospect a viable proposition for as soon as the 2017 event. Would another NRL whitewash impact those plans this weekend, though?