World Club Challenge tickets prove

Over 20,000 tickets have been sold for the Carnegie World Club Challenge match between Leeds Rhinos and Canterbury Bulldogs.

The match between the reigning Super League Champions and the current Premiers of Australia?s NRL is being staged at Elland Road Stadium and is set to be the best attended fixture of its type since the event was re-introduced in 2000.

The current ticket figures also represent the best ever advance sales four weeks prior to the match ? which will be televised live in the Southern Hemisphere.

Commenting on the news, the Rugby Football League?s Director of Development and Marketing Gary Tasker said: ?There has been a tremendous level of interest in the Carnegie World Club Challenge, since the tickets were put on sale prior to Christmas.

?This demand has continued into the New Year period and so we now expect to attract a massive crowd to Elland Road Stadium for what should be a tremendous contest between the best two clubs in world Rugby League.

?All Rhinos supporters who have not yet secured their seats are advised to book them as soon as possible to avoid missing out. The match also presents a great opportunity for non-sports fans to attend a hugely exciting event which their places their city in the global spotlight."

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is also delighted with the ticket sales so far: ?This is fantastic news and really shows that people are excited about the Carnegie World Club Challenge", he said.

"We have stepped up our preparations for the game in the last week with all our internationals coming back for pre-season and the Bulldogs will be a tough challenge for us.

"They have named a strong squad for the game and with a big crowd behind us we will be looking to do both Leeds and British rugby league proud.?

Tickets for the game are still available to buy.

They can be purchased from the Rugby League Events Hotline on (0870) 990 1313 or booked online by logging onto

They can also be purchased from the Leeds Rhinos ticket office at Headingley Stadium on (0113) 278 6181.