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Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons World Club Series Preview

The opening game of the new World Club Series takes place tonight with Warrington Wolves putting Super League’s reputation on the line against St George Illawarra Dragons.

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The World Club Challenge format has changed this season with three teams from the First Utility going up against three from the NRL in the newly named World Club Series.

Warrington host St George Illawarra Dragons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, while Wigan Warriors host Brisbane Broncos on Saturday before Super League champions St Helens entertain NRL premiers South Sydney Rabbiohs to see who will be declared the best.

Head coach Tony Smith of the Warrington Wolves looks on . (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith insists his team are fully prepared for the St George Illawarra Dragons when they meet in the World Club Series tonight.

Warrington Wolves go into the game on the back of wins in their opening two rounds of the new Super League season and the Dragons campaign opener is just around the corner.

Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith says: "It's not been hard for me to build this game up for the players it's certainly one of our goals to perform well on Friday.    
“It's a very important game for us and we have treated it with the same sort of respect as we do every Super League game. 
 “We've prepared the best we can; we'll have our strongest outfit out there and are keen to perform well. Everybody's put their hand up to play in this very special game for the club."

Dragons coach Paul McGregor has named his 19-man squad to face the Wolves on Friday with all eyes on half-backs Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall.

The Dragons squad has been based in Manchester ahead of this game and have been using the training facilities at Salford to help get them prepared.

McGregor said: “We have had a good week of training and our boys are ready to go. The boys are really excited to be able to play on the international stage and they know how important this game is for us as a club as we head into our season.
 "Warrington are a great team, they have had a good pre-season and start to the season and we know that we are in for a very tough match."

The Man of the Match at the end of this World Club Series contest will be awarded the Harry Bath Trophy, a Wire and Dragons legend.

Warrington Wolves vs St George Illawarra Dragons Squads:

Warrington Wolves: Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie, Anthony England, Rhys Evans, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan (c), Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Kevin Penny, Stefan Ratchford, Ashton Sims, Ben Westwood, Gary Wheeler.

St George Illawarra Dragons: Euan Aitken, Leeson Ah Mau, Ben Creagh (c), Jack de Belin, Josh Dugan, Dylan Farrell, Tyson Frizell, Heath L'Estrange, Jake Marketo, Benji Marshall, Trent Merrin, Eto Nabuli, Dane Nielsen, Jason Nightingale, Rory O'Brien, Mitch Rein, George Rose, Joel Thompson, Gareth Widdop.


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