England to take on Australia in 2020 Ashes series

Australia will take on England in a three-match series next year, with Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium set to host the third and final match.

The Kangaroos will take on England in Bolton, Leeds and London in the 40th Rugby League Ashes series, 50 years on from England’s last series triumph.

The series will start at the University of Bolton Stadium on October 31, before Elland Road hosts the second Test on November 7. It will conclude at the new 62,000 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, November 14.

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

“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.”

Todd Greenberg, the CEO of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), 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.”