England take on the Combined Nations All Stars in June ahead of the Rugby League World Cup | Rugby League News

The Combined Nations All Stars will wear special jerseys to raise money for those affected by the devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga earlier this month.

Last updated: 22/01/22 12:51 PM


England lineup ahead of their 2021 Combined Nations All Stars meeting

England will face the Combined Nations All Stars in June as part of their preparations for this year’s delayed Rugby League World Cup.

Shaun Wane’s men will compete in the mid-season international over the weekend of June 17-19 at a venue to be confirmed.

The All Stars had 26-24 winners when the teams met at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last June, wearing a jersey to raise money for former Hull KR and St. Helens prop Mose Masoe after his career was ended by a spinal cord injury in 2020.

At this year’s match, England’s opponents will be wearing special jerseys to raise money for those affected by the devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga earlier this month.

Carl Hall, the long-serving CEO of Doncaster and former RFL Vice President who will remain as team manager for the All Stars, is Chairman of the Pacific Islands Rugby League Group.

“This is a great gesture,” Hall said. “Tonga has become such a force in the rugby league in recent years with their incredible run to the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2017 and there are so many great players of Tongan descent who have come to play with English or French clubs.

“We have all seen the horrific and terrifying scenes since the volcanic explosion, with some players anxiously awaiting news about their relatives.

“I know that many rugby clubs and supporters in the coming days, weeks and months will want to find a way to show their solidarity with the Tongan people.

“It will be an honor and privilege for us to do our part when the Combined Nations All Stars come together to meet England this summer.”

The RFL says more details will follow on mid-season home games for England’s women’s and wheelchair teams ahead of the World Cup.

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