France will have a new coach by the time they provide the first opposition for Wayne Bennett's England in October.
Wayne Bennett's first game in charge of England will be against France in Avignon on Saturday, October 22.
England coach Wayne Bennett will be granted his wish for a mid-year international and a pre-season warm weather training camp.
The draw has been made for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with England in Pool A alongside Australia, France and Lebanon.
Full fixture list for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
The RFL has confirmed that it will bid for England to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
Playing international rugby league is now a profession, not a national honour, says Phil Clarke.
England coach Wayne Bennett wants to bring back a mid-season international in 2017.
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