Warrington Wolves have received some consolation for their agonising semi-final defeat by Wigan Warriors with confirmation that they will take part in the newly-expanded World Club Series.

The annual clash of the NRL and First Utility Super League champions will form part of a weekend of Anglo-Australian action, with matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from February 20-22.

Wigan and St Helens, who will meet in next Saturday’s Grand Final at Old Trafford and are former winners of the World Club Challenge, were automatically selected to represent Super League, while Warrington qualify after finishing as the third-highest ranked club at the end of the season.SOM Australia

That came as some relief for Warrington owner Simon Moran, who with Gary Hetherington (Leeds Rhinos) and Ian Lenagan (Wigan) were on Super League’s working party that came up with the idea of expanding the concept.

Moran confirmed after Friday night’s 16-12 loss to Wigan that his club would take in the World Club Series.

South Sydney and Brisbane Broncos have been named as two of the NRL representatives, with Canterbury Bulldogs set to be confirmed after playing Souths in Sunday’s Grand Final in Sydney.

State of Mind would like to congratulate all three teams for a season that has allowed them to pit their skills against the best in the world it should be a great weekend!