Castleford will take their chance to take on Aussies

Castleford Tigers' ground, which will stage a game in the World Club Series.
Castleford Tigers' ground, which will stage a game in the World Club Series.

Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill has confirmed the club will take part in the 2018 World Club Series after securing their place by winning the League Leaders’ Shield.

The Tigers will test themselves against one of the best sides in Australia with the game likely to take place at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle next February.

The cost of staging the game has put Cas off the series in the past, but although next year’s event requires a bond of almost £200,000, the club has indicated they would be willing to meet the expense.

Gill said: “We want it down here at the Jungle in front of our fans.

“If we can sell it out, we’ll make a profit. We’ve got plenty of time to do that. I would imagine everybody would want to be part of that.

“It’s something that I could not allow not to happen to this club. We weren’t financially able to do it three years ago. Our groundswell of support wasn’t as good as it is now.

“Our players want to be in it and our fans want to be part of it. It will be a great night.”

Head coach Daryl Powell would love it for his team to have a crack at the Aussies.

He said: “I think for us to get an Australian team here, on our own patch, and show them what we’ve got and really challenge ourselves would be an outstanding experience for all of us.”