Wembley could host Four Nations opener

Wembley Stadium
Wembley could host a double-header in June

Wembley looks set to host the opening matches of this year's Four Nations tournament.

The Rugby Football League is planning to launch the tournament with a double-header featuring England against Australia and newcomers Wales against New Zealand.

It would be the first international rugby league match to be staged at Wembley since 1997.

England have not played at the national stadium since the 1995 World Cup final.

The hosts lost that game, which was played in front of a crowd of 66,540.

An RFL spokesman said: "We are not in a position to confirm the details as yet but we are sure rugby league fans around the country would welcome the return of international rugby league to one of the best sporting stadiums in the world."

Despite suggestions the Australia-New Zealand game would take place in the southern hemisphere, as has happened in the past, it is almost certain to be held in the northern hemisphere.

Meanwhile, the RFL will announce details of the mid-season international on Wednesday.

It is expected England will take on an Exiles team drawn from Super League-based Australians and Kiwis on the weekend of 10-12 June.

The fixture will take the place of the traditional mid-season international against France, which has proved to be a one-sided affair in recent years.

Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, out of a job since stepping down at Leeds last October, is tipped to take charge of the Exiles.

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