The RFL have confirmed that England will play a mid-season game against New Zealand in Colorado later this year. The match will be the first of Three games to be held in the USA over the next three years and will take place at the Mile High Stadium in Denver on Saturday 23rd June.
The reason for these games are to help raise the profile of the game ahead of the 2025 World Cup being staged in North America.
This isn’t the first time England have played in the United States, as 17 years ago they traveled to Orlando where they took on the USA national side, defeating them 110-0. Current England team manager and assistant coach Paul Wellens were both part of that team.
Back in the UK, Leigh Centurions have announced they have parted ways with Head Coach Neil Jukes after the former player resigned following their 26-32 defeat at the hands of French side Toulouse, meaning they have only won one of their opening 4 games in the Championship.
This ends what has been a long association with the club as Jukes came through the playing ranks to assistant coach, taking on the top job when Paul Rowley left to join the Toronto Wolfpack in 2016.
From their he guided the club back into Super league at his first attempt, before they failed to remain, crashing back to the championship after losing to Catalan Dragons in last season’s Million Pound Game.
Following on from that the club have placed another local boy in temporary charge with former Huddersfield Giants and St Helen’s Assistant coach Kieron Purtill stepping up.
The club have also announced the re signing of last years Club captain Mickey Higham, who had retired after last years relegation to join the clubs back room staff, however at the age of 37 he has decided to lace his boots up for one more season