The World Club Challenge 2022 is unlikely to take place for the second consecutive year.

It means St Helens will miss out on the chance to regain the trophy.

Calls for the game to go ahead in Australia were rejected by the National Rugby League and their champions, the Penrith Panthers.

The Saints said they sent a number of emails to the NRL and Penrith to organise the logistics for the game, but these have gone unanswered.

Saints head coach Kristian Wolff told Fox Sports: “There’s been no official conversation whatsoever other than a couple of throwaway lines in the media.

“But from our point of view there’s been no formal approach or discussions about if a game were to be played in Australia, how that would be funded or how it would fit in with the Super League schedule.”

With just over a month before the start of the Super League season, it now looks impossible to fit in the World Club Challenge.

The reigning champions already have multiple pre-season fixtures, including Alex Walmsley’s testimonial.

The Saints will hope to be back in the World Club Challenge conversation next year with an unprecedented fourth Grand Final victory in a row.

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