Olympic Stadium return for England

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 April 2016

England's Sean O'Loughlin in action at the Olympic Stadium last year (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

England's Sean O'Loughlin in action at the Olympic Stadium last year (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

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Rugby League squad set to meet Australia

The England rugby league team will return to Newham’s former Olympic Stadium later this year for the 2016 Four Nations.

Having beaten New Zealand in last year’s three-match series, the will go head-to-head with current world champions Australia for the first time since the 2013 World Cup on November 13.

And their meeting – the sixth match of the Four Nations competition – is sure to produce an action-packed 80 minutes at the 54,000-capacity venue, with England hoping to receive a hearty roar of support from the home crowd.

England captain Sean O’Loughlin said: “Playing at iconic venues such as the former Olympic Stadium and Anfield are one of the reasons we play the game.

“Walking out in front of 45,000 fans in London last year was one of the highlights of 2015 for me and I am sure that playing in front of big home crowds will push the team on to what will hopefully be a successful campaign.”

Linda Lennon CBE, chief executive of the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “We’re delighted to be once again hosting some of the world’s best rugby league players.

“The Stadium is renowned for its electric atmosphere which will create a thrilling match for the fans and hopefully propel England to Four Nations glory.”

The England v Australia match will be the first international rugby league match to be held at the Stadium following its reopening this summer.

The 2016 Four Nations tournament is the second biggest international rugby league tournament to come to the UK in five years.

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