The 38-year-old Australian has guided the Roosters to back-to-back minor premierships in the NRL but retains fond memories of his time in the northern hemisphere, where he was player and coach of Toulouse as well as boss of Catalans Dragons from 2010-12.
Trent Robinson
Robinson was named Super League coach of the year in 2011 after taking the Perpignan club from bottom of the table into the top six at his first attempt and he completed a rare double when he became the youngest ever winner of the coach-of-the-year title at the 2013 Dally M Awards.

Under their bright young coach, the Roosters then followed up their Grand Final victory over Manly with a resounding 36-14 triumph over Wigan Warriors in the 2014 World Club Challenge in Sydney.

That was the last one-off fixture before the long-running concept was expanded into an annual six-team tournament and Robinson is delighted to get the chance to take part.

“I love Super League and the NRL coming together,” Robinson said. “There’s two big rugby league competitions in the world and sometimes we don’t see enough of each other so combining that is really important, at least once a year.

“I believe in it. The timing has always been the discussion, is it best at the start of the season or the end of the season?

“I think that debate is still ongoing. But I do like the push from the northern hemisphere to get six teams and to create that England-versus-Australia battle on this occasion.