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Anfield among host venues for England-New Zealand rugby league series

Three stadia have been confirmed as host venues for the rugby league series between England and New Zealand next year.

The opening game of the series will take place at the KCOM Stadium, home of English Super League club Hull FC and Championship football club Hull City. The 25,000-seat venue will host the game on October 27.

Anfield (pictured), the home of Premier League football club Liverpool, will host the second leg of the series on November 3 next year. The famous stadium, which recently had its capacity increased to 54,000, hosted a Four Nations rugby league match between Australia and New Zealand in 2016.

The series concludes at Leeds’ Elland Road stadium on November 11. Elland Road is the home of Championship football club Leeds United and has a capacity of 37,000.

Earlier this month it was announced that Super League club the Leeds Rhinos would play two matches at Elland Road next year. The ground has not hosted international rugby league since the 2011 Four Nations final between England and Australia.

Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood said: “Fans will be able to see some (of) the biggest names in the game compete at three fantastic stadiums. The KCOM Stadium, Anfield and Elland Road are all venues that I am sure will inspire the players and I am certain that England fans will help create incredible atmospheres at each of these grounds next year.”

England head coach Wayne Bennett added: “Hull, Leeds and Liverpool will all do a great job in hosting the games and supporters. I know Anfield is new to the mix for England, but seeing so many people attend the Four Nations final last year is promising for the game and I hope the fans will turn out in great number once again next year.”

Image: Ivan PC