As reported yesterday here Melbourne Storm are the first NRL club to decline an invite to next years World Club Series
Melbourne chief executive Dave Donaghy says a decision has been taken to stay at home, rather than travel the 35,000 km round trip.
“As a club, we’ve decided that staying in Australia will provide our team with the best possible preparation for the 2017 NRL season,” Donaghy said.
“Having treasured past visits to the UK in 2008, 2010 and 2013, we thoroughly value the concept of the World Club Challenge.
“However, a regular NRL season is already incredibly taxing and, as a non-Sydney team, our players travel more than most. “We wish Cronulla all the best as the NRL’s representative against the champion team of England, Wigan.”