The Rugby Football League welcomes the announcement made today by the RLIF of the International Rugby League calendar until 2021.
The four-year cycle, beginning in 2018, will include the visit of a touring side from New Zealand to Europe in 2018 and from Australia in 2020.
The RLIF also announced that there will be a Lions Tour to the Southern Hemisphere in 2019.
The final year of the next cycle, 2021, will feature the Men’s and Women’s Rugby League World Cups in England.
Rugby Football League Chief Operating Officer, Ralph Rimmer, said: “The announcement made today by the RLIF is incredibly exciting for Rugby League fans in England. It is great news that touring teams from New Zealand and Australia will visit these shores over the next three years and that there is the opportunity for a Lions tour to the Southern Hemisphere in 2019.
“The RLIF have provided a good framework for us to begin planning an exciting four years of international Rugby League that will culminate with a World Cup here in England in 2021. We will now sit down with our partners over the coming months to finalise these plans.”