Castleford Tigers have expressed their disappointment at not being given the chance to test themselves against Australian opposition next season.
The League Leaders Shield winners have confirmed that they will not be involved in the World Club Series in 2018.
Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos will travel down under to take on Melbourne Storm on February 16 in the World Club Challenge, but that will be the only game in the series. It has left Cas with a blank weekend as it stands after space had been made in the fixture list for a second World Series game, as played in recent years.
As league winners the Tigers were set to be Super League’s second representatives and wanted to stage a game against a top Australian side at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. But a number of NRL clubs are not willing to travel to the UK so it is back to a one-off club event.
Disappointed Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “It’s disappointing and I understand all the frustrations from our fans and players alike, you set targets at the start of the year, only to find out late in the day, that it won’t be happening.
“We had heard that both the Melbourne Storm and Queensland Cowboys didn’t wish to travel and compete, which is a shame, and hopefully not a reflection on how they view our game in the UK.
“It is what it is and we shall use it as motivation to go that one step further in 2018.”