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Super League venues confirmed for England-Samoa Test series

George Williams Shaun Wane England

Following months of speculation as to whether the series will go ahead, the RFL has confirmed that England will face Samoa in an end-of-season test series. England play France in a mid-season international at the end of this month, so the series offers another valuable opportunity to build towards the 2026 World Cup.

Shaun Wane’s side will be hoping to pick up where they left off at the end of last season. England beat Tonga 3-0 in a test series which saw Elliott Whitehead bring down the curtain on his international career.  Wane will be hoping to use the series to build on last year’s good results.

There is always a great deal of scrutiny on the attendance of England games, with the side fighting for its place in the nation’s sporting psyche.

Now, the RFL have confirmed which venues will host the two games against Samoa, with the home grounds of two Super League clubs chosen to host the games.

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Super League venues confirmed for England-Samoa Test Series

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Following official confirmation of the two games between England and Samoa, the RFL announced the Super League grounds which would host the two tests.

The First test will be held on the 27th of October at The Brick Community Stadium in Wigan, and the second test will take place at AMT Headingley in Leeds on the 2nd of November.

Both stadiums have recently hosted England games. Wigan’s ground hosted the World Cup Quarter Final against Papua New Guinea in 2022. Headingley hosted the third game of the England-Tonga series in 2023.

The RFL also confirmed that both games would be televised on the BBC in the UK, and available on SuperLeague+ internationally. England met Samoa twice in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, winning the tournament’s curtain-raiser 60-6, before going on to lose the semi-final in heart-breaking fashion.

Samoa won the game 27-26, with centre, Stephen Crichton, scoring the winning drop goal in Golden Point. The Samoa side is packed with stars, such as Joesph Luai, who has been part of the all-conquering Penrith Panthers side in the NRL.

Wane aiming to avenge World Cup defeat

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Speaking in the statement confirming the test series, England Head Coach, Shaun Wane, stated that the confirmation of the test series was the good news that he had been waiting for. He is looking forward to the opportunity to avenge England’s defeat in the World Cup semi-final. Wane said:

“This is the positive news we’ve been waiting for. We face a tough challenge in France this month and we’ll prepare for that in the knowledge that we’ll have another crack at Samoa at the end of the season. That’s three big games to give us a focus for the rest of the year.

“Everyone knows how devastated we were to lose that World Cup Semi-Final. I know all the players will be as keen as me to take on Samoa again.

“And I think it will be the same with our supporters. They know Samoa will be a top team, with some of the best players in the NRL. But they also know we have an England team worthy of their support.

“Beating Tonga 3-0 last year was fantastic and it’s great that we’re going back to Headingley where we completed that series. And personally, I’m very pleased that we’re playing the first game at Wigan. We’ve got great memories of our World Cup Quarter Final against Papua New Guinea, so let’s hope we can fill the ground again.”

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