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Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright

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  1. Talk about commitment...

    Wigan v Hull (08:45 GMT)

    Flying 12,000 miles to the other side of the planet hasn't put some fans off watching their team in Super League action today.

    There's plenty of "cherry and white" and "black and white" on show in Woolongong.

    Wigan Warriors fans in Australia
    Hull FC fans in Australia
  2. 'Great reward' for Hull

    Wigan v Hull (08:45 GMT)

    Lee Radford

    Hull FC have become one of the major forces in Super League under head coach Lee Radford.

    Two Challenge Cups and two top-four finishes have put the Airlie Birds back among the elite, and their involvement in Australia is something of a bonus to those players who helped establish them there.

    "It's a trip I've been looking forward to," Radford told BBC Sport. "People have talked about travel and hindrance but we've been training with the sun on our backs.

    "It's reward for the two seasons we've had. It's a reward for all the efforts that went into that, you do good things and good things happen."

  3. Why Australia?

    Wigan v Hull (08:45 GMT)

    Sean O'Loughlin being interviewed

    Well, it's hoped that sponsorship and partnership opportunities will arise from marketing Europe's domestic product down under, as well as showcasing Super League to an Australian audience.

    The two clubs will play counterparts from Australia's National Rugby League next Saturday - 24 hours after champions Leeds Rhinos face Melbourne Storm in the 2018 World Club Challenge.

    When the tour was announced, Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan described it as "one of the most innovative and exciting" moments in the history of the club, while Hull chairman Adam Pearson said it would be a "historic occasion".

  4. Post update

    Wigan v Hull (08:45 GMT)

    The prize for winning is the same as ever - two points.

    The nature of the action won't differ too much either.

    It is, however, a lot warmer in Wollongong than it is in Wigan.

    Lee Radford and Shaun Wane
  5. History in the making

    Wigan v Hull (08:45 GMT)

    Hello there. You're following history in the making.

    Wigan Warriors and Hull FC have taken their Super League fixture to the south-east coast of Australia, and therefore will be involved in the first Super League match to be played outside Europe.