England to face France before Kiwis test series

England will face France at the Leigh Sports Village ahead of the autumn test series against New Zealand.

The friendly is scheduled to take place on Wednesday October 17th with a kickoff time of 7:45pm.

Wayne Bennett’s side will be confident going into the tests against New Zealand after their recent victory over the Kiwis in Denver.

But with a number of key figures to return, New Zealand are bound to prove more of a challenge for the English.

In a statement announcing the friendly between England and France, Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “2018 is a hugely important year for England Rugby League and the mid-season test against Denver was the first step in building on the success of reaching the World Cup final in 2017,”

“The Denver Test showed the appetite for International Rugby League away from the UK and Australia and the victory against New Zealand showed that we’re heading in the right direction as a team.

“The French Tests have been good for us over the last couple of years and it’s great to have another game lined up on home soil ahead of the Autumn Series. It will give the team the chance to regroup after the end of the season before we face New Zealand again.”

Tickets for the game against France are on sale now at rugby-league.com and are priced at £20 for Adults and £5 for Juniors.