Leigh Sports Village to host England v France

England's Sam Tomkins
England's Sam Tomkins

LEIGH Sports Village has been chosen to host England’s international against France in the autumn.

The Rugby Football League revealed in March that England would play Richard Agar’s French side as part of their preparations for the three-match series against New Zealand and the one-off clash will be held on Saturday, October 24, eight days before the opening Test in Hull.

England coach Steve McNamara said: “Games like these are extremely important and give us the opportunity to go through our plans before meeting New Zealand.

“Playing the French has a special place in my heart as they were the first side I faced when I was appointed England coach back in 2010 which was also at Leigh Sports Village so this will bring back some memories for me.

“We won’t be treating this as a friendly. France are a strong side and have some very talented players competing in Super League on a weekly basis so the squad will be looking to impress ahead of that first game against the Kiwis.”

We won’t be treating this as a friendly

Steve McNamara