SINGAPORE: Powerhouses from international
club rugby will clash in Singapore next year for the inaugural
World Club Challenge, organisers said on Thursday.
English premiership clubs Gloucester and Saracens, together
with Australian Super 14 side Western Force and a yet-to-be
named French club will meet in the battle of the hemispheres
for the WCC Cup, former England player Phil Greening told
The challenge is the brainchild of retired Wasps hooker
Greening, who toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions
The July 2009 clashes will take place downtown at
Singapore's famous cricket club and Greening said the event is
planned to be hosted by Singapore for at least the next five
“This will be the first time professional clubs with
world-class players such as Mike Tindall, Chris Jack and Matt
Giteau have played in Singapore,” Greening said.
“It is a great opportunity to bring a world-class rugby
event to Asia… with the historic Padang as the backdrop, the
World Club Challenge will have something for everyone.”
The challenge will be the first of its kind anywhere in the
world, where clubs from across the globe compete in one
tournament in the full 15 a-side game, organisers said.
Singapore sports minister Teo Ser Luck welcomed the
“This is certainly another notch in Singapore's efforts in
becoming a sports hub in the Asia Pacific Region,” he told
“As Singapore continues to attract a growing number of
major sporting events, including the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race
and Youth Olympic Games 2010, we look forward to having the
World Club Challenge as another addition to our sporting
The clubs are due to arrive in the south-east Asian
city-state on July 24 and the World Club Challenge is scheduled
to last one week.
Greening said in future years the event would feature
European and Super 14 champions by invitation.