England to play 2020 mid-season test in southern hemisphere

Drew Darbyshire

England are confident in playing a mid-season international test in the southern hemisphere next June.

It’s understood that the Rugby Football League want to play a mid-season international on the weekend of June 20-21 next year.

And RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer has confirmed that it will be played in the southern hemisphere.

Rimmer said: “The intention is to have a mid-season Test. We’re in dialogue at this moment in time.

“There’s a conference call overnight tonight [Thursday] which will be part of the discussions. It will be away in the southern hemisphere.

“We’d like to get it nailed on pretty quickly. There are options out there.”

There has been some speculation whether the Exiles team should return to face England in a mid-season clash.

The Exiles were a team compiled of Super League’s best overseas players – a concept that was played four times between 2011-13.

When asked if he envisaged the Exiles making a comeback, Rimmer replied: “No.”

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