This year’s international match between England Rugby League and France will be staged in the French city of Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. The match will take place on Friday 27th June and the kick-off will be 9pm (local time).
England will be looking to continue their winning ways, having won the last time they met in 1999 in a full rugby league international, a 28-20 result in Carcassonne and 50-20 in Hull. England also beat France 26-10 in the Federation Shield tournament in 2006 (when England did not include English Great Britain players in the team).
England Rugby League head coach Tony Smith said: (quote) we are delighted that this match has been confirmed for Toulouse. The match will be a significant challenge for our team and a great opportunity to renew a great historical rivalry between the two nations. It will also provide us with a valuable opportunity to play together before the World Cup and become accustomed to the type of traveling we will experience in Australia next autumn. Smith added: The England team for this international will be selected on form and with the World Cup very much in mind, rather than the more experimental side that we fielded in last season’s Great Britain fixture against France (end quote).
Christophe Jouffret, the general secretary of the French Rugby League Federation and the director of the French national team, said: (quote) Stade Ernest Wallon and the city of Toulouse will provide a tremendous backdrop for what will be a fantastic contest between the two nations. There is a long established international sporting rivalry between England and France and we believe this Test match will prove to be a terrifically successful event for international rugby league.
We will bring you details of ticket availability and packages nearer the occasion.