The Rugby League European Federation has announced that France, Scotland and Ireland will face each other in a round robin international series over the autumn.
Each nation will host a match and with the Celtic nations having recently been accorded Full Member status by the Rugby League International Federation, they will be classed as Test matches.
The games will give new Ireland coach, Mark Aston a chance to run the rule over his squad with his debut coming in the opener against Scotland in Glasgow on the 16th October.
A home debut against France will follow at Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby, on the 4th November.
Speaking at the announcement of the international, Aston said he was looking forward to his new role ““I see the role as a great challenge which really excites me and I’m looking forward to getting the best out of the players I’ll be working with,” he commented.
“It’s important that we get a squad of players together that want to be part of Ireland Rugby League and we will work on team spirit and togetherness as we work towards the World Cup.”
RLEF AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL SERIES
Scotland v Ireland – Sunday October 16 – Scotstoun, Glasgow (2pm)
France v Scotland – Saturday October 29 – Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan (3pm)
Ireland v France – Friday November 4 – Thomond Park, Limerick (8pm)
Sportsnewsireland.com will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.