England v France double header in Hull and Salford
The final two games of the Autumn International Series will now be a mini series of England v France over the next two weekends.by NRL
The final two games of the Autumn International Series will now be a mini series of England v France over the next two weekends.
England play France at MS3 Craven Park, Hull on Saturday (Nov 3) and the second half of the double header takes place in Salford on Sunday November 11.
These matches are key preparation for teams in the build up to next year's Rugby league World Cup which is being held in England and Wales.
Tickets for both games are priced at &;12 for adults and &;6 for children and represent great value for families to come along and support the England team. Tickets can be booked on the RFL website http://www.therfl.co.uk/
Hull has a long tradition of staging international matches and Saturday's game will see the England team led by new Captain Kevin Sinfield take on France, who will be based in Hull during next year's World Cup. Speaking ahead of the game England coach Steve McNamara said;
"All the England players love coming to Hull because the reception they receive is always fantastic. We have spoken about playing at MS3 Craven Park this week in camp and the whole squad agreed that it's a ground which creates a great atmosphere.
"We expect a real physical battle against France. They are progressing in their Rugby League education and you only have to see how far the Catalan Dragons have developed over the past couple of years. They will want to cause us problems and make us work hard."
England and Leeds Rhinos player Ryan Hall, recently voted the best winger in the international player of the year awards said;
"I always enjoy playing for England in Hull. They love their Rugby League and, for me, it is quite surreal that they are supporting us rather than against us which is always the case when I represent Leeds."
England and Wigan Warriors Sam Tomkins, the 2012 Man of Steel said;
"It really gets the team buzzing when we are playing in front of some big crowds. To fill Craven Park and then the week after at Salford would be fantastic. We want to put on a great display for the public and now for the first time in a very long time we are playing like a quality club side where every player appreciates it other. The next step is for all the fans to get together as one and get behind England."
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