*This story first appeared in this Monday’s edition of League Express*
The venues for the three-match Test series between England and New Zealand will be announced this coming Wednesday, with the Olympic Stadium in line to host the second match of the series.
League Express revealed last year how the venue, which will host five matches in the Rugby World Cup this Autumn, will host the middle Test match of the series on Saturday 7 November, just one week after the final of the RUWC.
It has been confirmed that the dates and venues will be rubber-stamped publicly this coming week, with two stadia to host the first and last matches of the series.
Hull’s KC Stadium looks set to host one match, whilst Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium will play host to the other. Hull is believed to have been chosen as a venue for the series due to the city’s strong links with New Zealand.
But it is the news that Rugby League will head to the Olympic Stadium which is perhaps the biggest news of all, with officials hopeful that the stadium – which will house Premier League football side West Ham United from 2016 onwards – could attract a big attendance, due to the fact it is a first for Rugby League.