World title match to be played at Elland Road 28/10/2008 - By Manly Sea Eagles http://www.manlyseaeagles.com.au/news.asp?newsid=4019&Mth=10&Yr=2008 The 2009 Carnegie World Club Challenge between Leeds Rhinos and Manly Sea Eagles will be played at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday 1 March, kick off 6pm. It will be the third time in the last five years that the home of Leeds United has staged this annual world title bout between the engage Super League Champions and the Australian NRL Telstra Premiership winners. On the last two occasions the game has been played at Elland Road, the Rhinos have run out winners both times.Â In 2005 they claimed the world title by beating Canterbury Bulldogs 39-32 and last year they defeated Melbourne Storm 11-4 in terrible conditions. Should they beat Manly in March they will become the first team in the 33 year history of the match to be crowned World Champions in consecutive years. Brian McLennan, Leeds RhinosÃ¢Â€Â™ head coach, said: Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s fantastic that weÃ¢Â€Â™re going to be able to pit our wits against one of the biggest names in World Rugby whilst also having the opportunity to make history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back world titles. Ã¢Â€ÂœManly are a formidable outfit and ooze class throughout their side.Â As well as the players they have in the Australian World Cup squad they also have players like Jamie Lyon and Matt Orford who won the Dally M award this year. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m also delighted that this game is going to be played at a venue where the whole of the city can turn out to show their support.Â This is a big city occasion and in the past Elland Road has proved very lucky not only for myself but also the Rhinos.Â Hopefully we can continue our winning streak there next year in front of a full-house.Ã¢Â€Â For Manly it will be the first time they have appeared in a Carnegie World Club Challenge since 1987 when they lost 8-2 to Wigan in front of 36,000 fans at Central Park.Â They qualified for the world title match by defeating last yearÃ¢Â€Â™s Carnegie World Club Challenge finalists Melbourne Storm in the NRL Grand Final, 40-0. Coached by Des Hasler, a member of the 1987 Manly team, the Sea Eagles boast eight players who are currently involved in the Rugby League World Cup Down Under. This includes five players in the Australia squad who could come head-to-head against a number of English Leeds Rhinos players this weekend when the two countries meet in the World Cup in Melbourne. In addition Manly also boast former St Helens centre and Man of Steel winner Jamie Lyon amongst their ranks together with Matt Orford, this yearÃ¢Â€Â™s winner of the Dally M award, AustraliaÃ¢Â€Â™s equivalent of the Man of Steel. Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler said: Ã¢Â€ÂœAs shown with their two Grand Final triumphs and last yearÃ¢Â€Â™s victory over Melbourne Storm, Leeds Rhinos are a big game team who will present a huge challenge for us in our attempt to be crowned Carnegie World Club Challenge Champions. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe quality of their team is shown by the fact that they have so many players in the England squad.Â WeÃ¢Â€Â™re taking this game extremely seriously and will be flying into the UK well before 1 March in order to get rid of the jet lag and get used to the conditions.Ã¢Â€Â In preparation for the Carnegie World Club Challenge match against Leeds Rhinos, Manly Sea Eagles will fly into London on 14 February and will play a warm-up game against Harlequins RL at the Twickenham Stoop on 19 February. Harlequins RL head coach Brian McDermott: Ã¢Â€ÂœManly Sea Eagles are a massive brand name in World Rugby League, on a par with Real Madrid in football. Ã¢Â€ÂœThis fixture presents a superb opportunity for the people of London, including a number of Antipodeans who live in the capital, to turn out see the Australian champions play their local London side.Ã¢Â€Â Tickets for the Carnegie World Club Challenge match between Leeds Rhinos and Manly Sea Eagles will go on-sale in mid November from both the RFL Box Office and Leeds Rhinos with prices starting from Ã‚Â£20 for adults, Ã‚Â£10 for concessions. The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, with highlights on the BBC.