England series with New Zealand to be shown live on BBC

England in action during their last match against New Zealand in November 2014
England lost to New Zealand at the 2013 World Cup and fell to a 16-14 defeat in November 2014 - the last time the teams faced each other
England v New Zealand on the BBC
Date: 1 November Kick-off: 1630. Live on BBC Two.
Date: 7 November Kick-off: 1400. Live on BBC One.
Date: 14 November Kick-off: 1245. Live on BBC One.

The BBC will provide full live coverage of England's three-match Test series against New Zealand in November.

BBC Two will screen the opener at Hull's KC Stadium on Sunday, 1 November with BBC One showing the historic Olympic Stadium game the next Saturday.

The series finale at Wigan's DW Stadium will be live on BBC One on Saturday, 14 November.

It will be the first time England will have hosted the Kiwis since their loss at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

The series against New Zealand was arranged following the collapse of the proposed Great Britain Lions tour to Australia.

It means fans will have the opportunity to witness history when the Olympic Stadium in London hosts its first rugby league match on Saturday, 7 November.

The teams last faced each other in November 2014 in Dunedin when a narrow 16-14 victory for the Kiwis saw them book their place in the final of the Four Nations and left England all but out of the tournament.

Twelve months previously England had suffered a two-point last-minute defeat in the 2013 World Cup semi-final at Wembley.

England last beat New Zealand in November 2011 when they ran in four tries against the defending champions in a Four Nations clash at the KC Stadium.

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