The 1976 World Club Challenge was an unofficial trial of what would later become the World Club Challenge concept, with the 1975 NSWRFL season's premiers, Eastern Suburbs hosting the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season's Premiership and Challenge Cup winners St. Helens. The one-off challenge match was played on the 29th of June, right in the middle of the 1976 NSWRFL season, at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of 26,856. The next game of its kind would not be played until 1987.
The lineups were:
Eastern Suburbs 25: ( Fairfax, Stevens, Ayliffe, Schubert, Townshend Tries; Brass 5 Goals)
St. Helens 2: (G.Pimblett Goal)