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Roby: We have duty to represent British game.

Byline: IAN LAYBOURN Rugby League Reporter

ST HELENS captain James Roby says his team will have an obligation to win it for Britain when they take on Sydney Roosters in the 2020 World Club Challenge at the Totally Wicked Stadium tonight.

Saints are aiming for a third win in the annual clash of the champions and to inflict a first defeat on the Roosters, who have won all three of their previous matches and are aiming to become the first team to retain the title following their victory at Wigan 12 months ago.

St "The Australian rivalry adds to the occasion," said Roby, who was in the team that beat Brisbane in 2007 and lost to World Club Totally Stadium, kick-offSky South Sydney in 2015.

"There's a bit of an obligation to represent the British game. It will be a massive occasion. I've won one and lost one so I know how special it can be. It's a massive opportunity for us."

The Roosters are still three weeks out from the start of their season and are without three key players from the Grand Final but are still favourites to extend the domination of NRL clubs, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Super League champions.

"We all know what a fantastic team Sydney Roosters are, their record speaks for itself," Roby said.

"They're not going to fly over here for nothing.

Helens v Sydney Roosters Challenge, WIcked tonight, 7.45pm, Sports Action "They will want to win the thing and we'll be trying to do exactly the same and meet the challenge head on. To call yourself the best team in the world, is there anything better than that? "I know a lot is being said about how we've already started our season and they haven't but they're full of international players and when it's time to play they flick that switch again and their quality will show.

"We're expecting the best Roosters and we'll hopefully be the best St Helens team we can be."

Roby will be making his first appearance since his club's Grand Final victory over Salford at Old Trafford in October and is confident he can provide the champions with a timely boost. The veteran hooker has completed his rehabilitation from groin surgery and is now painfree after struggling with the problem for most of 2019.

to the St Helens v Sydney Roosters World Club Challenge, Totally Wicked Stadium, tonight, kick-off7.45pm, Sky Sports Action

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Author:IAN LAYBOURN Rugby League Reporter
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Feb 22, 2020
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