Rugby fans in England wanting a break after England’s disastrous World Cup showing may feel the time is right to switch codes.
After their Union counterparts crashed out in the group stages to Wales and Australia, England’s Rugby League team are preparing to make their bow in the Olympic Stadium.
As part of a three-match series, England will take on New Zealand, who are currently ranked No.1 in the world.
Traditionally associated with the north of England, Rugby League looks to be making inroads into east London as Millwall FC hosted a game between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons back in September which received a record crowd for a Super League match in the capital .
It will be the first time the Olympic Stadium has hosted an international Rugby League match, and England coach Steve McNamara said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the Kiwis and building on the rich tradition of international rugby league between the two nations.
“After the massive crowds we had behind us in the [2013 rugby league] World Cup, it's going to be great to play on home soil again and I’m sure the Kiwi tour will provide a memorable end to what is going to be a momentous year for the sport in this country.”
The match takes place on November 7. Tickets are £20 and available here .