Reports: New Zealand confirm test series for 2023 as they set ambitious targets

In the wake of a brilliant Rugby League World Cup, there has been plenty of talk about what comes next for international rugby league.

Apparently, discussions are ongoing about what comes next with Super League stakeholders IMG reportedly involved and Samoa and Tonga set for a test clash.

A big question is: what comes next for England.

Shaun Wane’s side have a game pencilled in against France for April.

There was a suggestion that they’d be partaking in a European Championship but that has since been said to be ex-Huddersfield Giants boss Paul Anderson’s England Knights instead.

So, what for ex-Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane and his side?

It was put to Australia boss Mal Meninga, Samoa coach Matt Parish and Kiwi coach Michael Maguire if they would like to see a clash against England in 2023 in a test series.

All were keen but it seems Samoa are more likely to meet Kristian Woolf’s Tonga and now according to the New Zealand Herald, the Kiwis are set to take on Australia in a home and away test series.

However, they have also reported that the Kiwis have “ambitious” targets for 2023 in terms of tests and want to play four games rather than just two or three against the Kangaroos, so there could be a window of opportunity for Shaun Wane’s England.

Perhaps a return of the tri-nations?

Latrell Mitchell has recently called on England to come over to Australia after all.

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