RFL debates Anfield as Four Nations final venue

This story was originally published in League Express.

Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium could be the venue for this year’s Four Nations Final that is set to be played on 19 November, League Express understands.

The directors of Liverpool have agreed to stage the game. But the choice of the iconic venue has generated debate among the RFL directors, and League Express understands that it has met with strong opposition, with several directors questioning whether Rugby League supporters would travel to Liverpool to generate an attendance near to the 44,742 capacity.

Among the RFL directors League Express understands there is a group urging the governing body to take the Four Nations final to Wigan instead of to Anfield.

Meanwhile a double header, thought to be Australia v New Zealand and England v Scotland, to be played in the second week of the tournament has been agreed for the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, with one game also to be played in London, probably at the Olympic Stadium, one to be played in Scotland and the other games played in established Rugby League venues in the north, but not in Newcastle.

League Express understands that the RFL has been negotiating with Glasgow Warriors to play one Scotland home fixture at their home ground, but the installation of an artificial pitch there has changed its plans, as synthetic surfaces are not approved for international Rugby League matches.