Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that they will take on North Queensland Cowboys in the World Club Challenge at Headingley.
The Super League champions take on the NRL premiers on February 21st in the third and final match of the World Club Series.
Headingley has staged the World Club Challenge on two previous occasions while Elland Road has hosted the event four times between 2005 and 2010.
Leeds have won the title a record-equalling three times; twice at Elland Road, in 2005 against Canterbury Bulldogs and in 2008 with an 11-4 victory over Melbourne Storm. Brian McDermott’s side last won the trophy in 2012 with a 26-12 win over Manly in front of just over 21,000 spectators at Headingley Stadium.
The Cowboys, co-captained by Jamie Thurston, will be participating in their first-ever World Club Challenge match. Thurston kicked the winning drop goal in golden point extra time against Brisbane Broncos to earn the Townsville club a first NRL Grand Final win in their history.
Rob Burrow, who has figured in all six of Leeds’ World Club Challenge matches, told the Rhinos club website: “It will be special to be back at Headingley Carnegie and taking on North Queensland. They had a tremendous season last year and made their own history by winning the NRL Grand Final for the first time so it sets things up nicely with us having achieved something special in 2015 as well.
“In Jonathan Thurston they have one of the stars of our game and I am sure many young fans will be keen to see him in action as well as cheering the Rhinos on.”