Leeds coach Brian McDermott has insisted his players cannot wait to face Australian champions Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge match at the Super League title-holders Headingley home ground.
Friday's match will see Leeds bidding to retain the world crown they won with last year's victory over Manly Sea Eagles and McDermott said: "These are the games you want to be involved in. The players couldn't wait to get in.
"Headingley is a special place to play. To play in front of a full house is brilliant and to be playing one of the best teams the NRL has produced means it's a special occasion.
"You feel very humbled when you are involved in these games."
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith inspired his side to victory when the two sides last met three years ago but that was at nearby Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club.
And the Kangaroos skipper admitted playing the Rhinos at Headingley, where one of the stands backs onto the Test match cricket ground of the same name, was something else.
"We've had some success at Elland Road but it's the first time I've had the opportunity to play at Headingley," he said. "There's a lot of tradition and seeing the cricket ground is pretty impressive.
"I know it's going to be a pretty intense atmosphere but the boys are excited about the occasion and they're looking forward to getting out there on Friday.
"It was a very challenging match three years ago and I know it's going to be tough this year.
"We've had a great attitude the whole trip. We've been here for a week already and training been great. We enjoyed the time we had down south and it's business time now.
"We know if we don't turn up with the right attitude on Friday night, it's not going to happen for us. We're playing against a world-class football team with world-class players."