World Club Challenge kick-off time changed

St Helens will be taking on Penrith Panthers for the 2023 World Club Challenge, with an updated kick-off time of 6:50pm AEDT / 7:50am GMT.

Super League can confirm that The National Rugby League (NRL) has adjusted the kick-off times to the World Club Challenge between the Penrith Panthers and St Helens.

The decision has been taken due to player safety concerns around the forecasted heat and humidity in Regional NSW and Western Sydney. The World Club Challenge, which takes place this Saturday, 18th February, will now kick-off at  a revised time of 6:50pm (AEDT) / 7:50am (UK).

It is forecast to be 39 degrees in Penrith on Saturday, so there for the match 18 players will be allowed, an increase of interchanges from eight to 10, and the match will be played in quarters to allow for water breaks.

Super League would like to thank their broadcast partners, Channel 4 and Sky Sports for their cooperation and flexibility.

St Helens are looking to make history and earn their third World Club Challenge title, on the back of four straight Super League championships. In the Saints’ way are the back-to-back NRL premiers Penrith Panthers, who are aiming to secure their first ever World title.

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