England will face New Zealand during the mid-season international break on Saturday 23 June at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Moore Sports International, the promoters of the international fixture, confirmed today that Wayne Bennett’s squad will travel to Amercia in June to take on the Kiwis.
The Sports Authority Field at Mile High is home of NFL giants and three-time Super Bowl winners Denver Broncos and it will be the first time in 18 years that England have played a game in the USA since taking on the national side in Orlando in 2000.
The event is the first step as interest builds up for Rugby League World Cup 2025, which is set to be hosted in North America.
England coach, Wayne Bennett, said: “For us to grow stronger as a group and build on the progress of last year, these are the games we need to be involved in. We saw the benefits of taking on Samoa mid-season ahead of the World Cup.
“We hear people talking about growing the game and this is the perfect opportunity to take two of the world’s elite nations over to a country that loves sport and entertainment.
“Denver will be a good fit for the game – they have popular American football, basketball, baseball, hockey and football sides, so it seems there’s a real appetite for sporting events and to experience something new in this city.
“This game has come at the right time for New Zealand who’ll be looking to improve on last year’s quarter-final exit from the World Cup. One point was the difference between us the last time we played so we’re expecting another physical battle.”
Rugby Football League Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Rimmer, added: “Successful World Cup tournaments and the entry of Toronto Wolfpack into the UK competition have increased the popularity of the international game and we are all keen to take advantage of this and grow our sport across the world.
“Moore Sports International is well aware of how innovative the sport is and offered an exciting opportunity to take our players and showcase their talents and our game to an important sporting market.”