Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host England-Australia Ashes test

England have confirmed they will host an Ashes series against Australia in 2020, with the final game being played at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The three-match test series kicks off at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, October 31 (2:30pm), with the second match being staged at Leeds’ Elland Road a week later on Saturday, November 7 (2:30pm).

And rugby league will break new ground by playing the third and final game at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday, November 14 (5:30pm). All three games will be broadcast by the BBC.

The 2020 Ashes series will be the 40th rugby league Ashes series since the term was first used in 1908, and will take place 50 years since the Ashes were last won by an England or Great Britain side back in 1970.

Rugby Football League chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Australia back to this country for the first time since 2016.

“International rugby league is the pinnacle of our game and some of the best rugby players on the planet will be involved.

“We hope the venues we have chosen, with a split between Lancashire, Yorkshire and London, will be popular both with regular rugby league supporters and also the broader sporting public. The University of Bolton Stadium and Elland Road have both staged successful rugby league events in recent years, and it’s exciting for us to be taking a first fixture to the stunning Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

“England were just an ankle tap away from taking the 2017 World Cup final against Australia into extra time and last year’s success against New Zealand suggests that this will be a series not to be missed.”

National Rugby League chief executive, Todd Greenberg, said: “It will be wonderful to see the Kangaroos involved in another Ashes series.

“International Rugby League has been going through an incredible period and an Ashes series will be another highlight.

“The Ashes has such history in our game and to see it return will be very special. It will also build some strong momentum into the 2021 World Cup.”

Tickets for all three games are now on sale.

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