12th February 2019, 14:32 | Wigan
Wigan Warriors will go to war against the already proclaimed ‘World Champions’, Sydney Roosters, on Sunday night at the DW Stadium.
Jason Robinson OBE knows what it takes to win a World Club Challenge, in 1994 the flying winger went to Australia with Wigan to take on Brisbane Broncos and he claims that playing in the World Club Challenge was one of his toughest games.
“I’ve played in so many big games over the years, but one of those that sticks out in my mind, ‘94 it was Wigan against Brisbane out in Brisbane.
“It was one of the toughest games I’ve played in, we got written off as a team – I think sometimes you’re seen as an inferior player in an inferior league.
“We went out there and we didn’t even have the strongest team to be fair, but we just gave it everything, we got stuck into them and got some tries.
“I remember the likes of Barrie-Jon Mather, Denis Betts and Martin Offiah, I managed to score a try myself which was great,” said Robinson.
England against Australia has a rivalry to it, not just in League but across a multitude of sports, Robinson added: “This is not just Wigan against Sydney, this is Super League against NRL.
“It’s always been fierce over the years, it doesn’t matter what it is.
“England against Australia, there’s always that tension there, there’s always that rivalry - it’s great - you rise to it, all the chat that goes on, you just want to go out there and prove it.”
A few weeks ago, the NRL pulled off a PR stunt promoting Sydney Roosters as the ‘World Champions’ in Atlanta, USA, a slight dig at the way America promotes the NFL Super Bowl winners as ‘World Champions’.
Unlike the NFL, the winners of Wigan and Sydney can definitely promote themselves as ‘World Champions’ and join Robinson as one of the elite players to have won the World Club Challenge.
“You’re an elite bunch if you can say you’ve played in a World Club Challenge and you’ve beat an Australian team, you’re in a very small group.
“The world will be watching this game and that’s what it’s all about, on the big stages putting in the big performances and hopefully Wigan will rise to it as occasion,” admitted Robinson.
Wigan will take on the Sydney Roosters in the Betfred World Club Challenge as the world’s two best rugby league sides go head-to-head at the DW Stadium on Sunday February 17th, kick-off 7pm.