USA set to host Kiwis vs England Test match in June

The Kiwis will play an annual Test in the US for the next three years.
The Kiwis will play an annual Test in the US for the next three years. Photo credit: Photosport

International rugby league is coming to America.

The 76,000-seater Mile-High Stadium, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos, will host a match that New Zealand Rugby League hopes will help boost the profile of the game internationally.

"Rugby League is making impressive strides in the United States and Canada," said chairman Reon Edwards in a statement.

This Test match is an opportunity to showcase the highest level of our sport in the North American market, which has significant participation and commercial potential.

It will be the first of three annual Tests between the two sides to be held on American soil.

Captain Simon Mannering is enthusiastic about the venture, seeing it as a great way to cash in on the boost the game received from a scintillating World Cup in October.

"I think it's a great concept and one I wish was around five years ago when I was a bit younger.

"Growing our game internationally has to be a priority – think of the opportunities we could create for our game if it was a genuine international sport played all over the world.  

The match will kick-off on Sunday 24 June at 10am (NZT) prior to game two of the State of Origin series later in the evening.


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