Hull College Craven Park, home of the Hull Kingston Rovers, will host a massive triple header in May this year, combining Super League, Reserve Grade and International Rugby League all in the one event.
Kicking off the day will be an International clash between Netherlands and Sweden before Hull KR face defending Premiers, St Helens, in a Betfred Super League clash.
A reserve grade fixture will cap off the triple header action.
Craig Franklin, Head of Marketing and Communications at Hull Kingston Rovers, said: “We are delighted to be able to host a contest between two emerging nations on the international rugby league scene.
“We know our fans are passionate about the sport and the international game, so this will provide a fantastic afternoon of entertainment.
“By including our reserve fixture on the same day the defending Super League champions are in town, we are giving fans of both Hull KR, St Helens, and other clubs the chance to enjoy an action packed day of rugby league.”
Matt Rigby, NRLB Competitions & XIII Manager, says the sport has developed significantly in the Netherlands over the past few years, and that playing at the home of the Robins – in front of a likely bumper crowed with Saints in town, provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that progress.
He said: “The NRLB has worked really hard over the past five years to create sustainability in the Netherlands while creating players with a rugby league mentality.
“We are still on this journey but this match is a reward, not only for all the hard work the previous and current board members have put in to get the NRLB where it is, but more importantly to all the players that have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to go above and beyond to develop themselves as international rugby league players.” Kane Krlic, Netherlands RL Head Coach, says it is an exciting prospect for his players, and says they are determined to put in a performance to impress. He said: “We are excited to be invited to play at the home of such a renowned rugby league club, which has in the past hosted many of the top international teams. Now the Netherlands will be a part of this history.
“We have a high focus on hard work and toughness in our team and I am hoping that the boys can show that off in abundance to the Hull KR and St Helens supporters.”
Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell, chairman of Sweden RL, said: “Sweden RL (SRL) are honoured to take on Netherlands RL at Hull College Craven Park.
“The challenge of taking on the Dutch team in a Super League stadium is an exciting landmark for SRL, and a great opportunity for these two emerging nations to perform in front of such passionate fans, and as the curtain raiser for the visit of the Super League Champions to a resurgent Rovers.”
Netherlands vs. Sweden will kick off at 12.45pm, followed by Hull Kingston Rovers v St Helens at 3pm and the reserve fixture will follow.on Sunday, May 31.
The Netherlands and Sweden have played each other twice before, with the Dutch winning both encounters.