|Lieu: Stade Gilbert Brutus Date: saturday 23 october To start up: Women 12:00 BST, Men 14:30 BST|
|Blanket: Live on BBC Two (women) and BBC One (men)|
The International Rugby League will return to BBC television screens with England’s men’s and women’s teams in a double-face against France.
The two matches, played back to back at the Gilbert Brutus stadium in Perpignan on October 23, will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Two respectively.
Both tests will be played on the kick-off day of the 2021 Rugby Union World Cup in Newcastle.
This tournament has been delayed for 12 months due to coronavirus concerns.
Craig Richards’ wives, who start at 12:30 p.m. BST, will play their first test match since a 60-0 loss to Wales in June this year.
Meanwhile, the England men – who follow suit at 2:30 p.m. – will only play their second game under new coach Shaun Wane.
He saw his new charges narrowly lose to the Combined Nations All Stars in June.
They last played in France in October 2018, beating them 44-6 at Leigh Sports Village, but the French rugby league is currently at the top following the Catalans’ success in the Super League this year and Toulouse’s promotion to the league. ‘elite.
Former Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous is taking the lead of the French team for the first time, with the support of Sydney Roosters head coach Trent Robinson.
The Catalans’ success in reaching a grand final and the exploits of the Toulouse championship should trigger a full house in Perpignan for what will be a first dress rehearsal for France hosting the World Cup in 2025.
Coverage of the women’s match begins on BBC Two at 11:45 a.m., while the men’s match will be broadcast live on BBC One with a build-up from 2:00 p.m.