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Wigan to play Hull in Super League clash in Australia

Wigan Warriors Photo: PA

The Wigan Warriors have revealed they'll play one of their Super League fixtures next season in Australia.

They've switched their home match against Hull in February from Wigan to Wollongong as part of a promotional trip.

They'll be down under for two weeks and will also play NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The club have described the move as the biggest single commercial deal in the club's history.

Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan, commented:

“This announcement is one of the most innovative and exciting in the history of Wigan Rugby League Club. Director, Kris Radlinski, together with Commercial Sales Manager, Dan Burton, has been in negotiations with key stakeholders both in Australia and the UK over the last 12 months, delicately pulling together this complex agreement.

“The opportunities to create new and increased core business from sponsorships and partnerships together with Wigan brand development, the increased profile with NRL players and opportunity for our fans makes this the biggest single commercial contract in the history of the Club.

“The Wigan fans are famed for their loyal support as shown when a huge army of supporters travelled to Sydney for the World Club Challenge game with Sydney Roosters in 2014. We firmly believe that the Wigan and Hull fans will be as excited about this venture as we are and we have announced early to allow fans the chance to plan their trip to Australia and, at the same time, to provide clarity on the number of home games for the 2018 season before Season Ticket packages are launched later this year.”

– Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan

Tickets and travel packages for both games will go on sale at the end of August with 5,000 UK fans expected to travel with the teams.