England expects: Mail teams up with RFL ahead of Craven Park test
RUGBY League fans are in for a treat ahead of England's forthcoming clash with France in the city, thanks to the Mail teaming up with the RFL.
The Mail has agreed to become the official media partner for the Autumn international on Saturday, November 3.
England, led by Hull's own Steve McNamara, are looking to make a statement of intent with their performances in the three-team tournament, ahead of next year's World Cup.
And the Mail's partnership with the RFL will see unrivalled build-up to the contest, including exclusive content and offers for fans in our readership.
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It will start tomorrow with the first, exclusive column from the England camp with new Hull FC star Gareth Ellis.
The Mail has been guaranteed exclusive access to the player ahead of their Craven Park Test, and to the tournament's conclusion.
In it, Ellis will bring readers a glimpse into the inner workings of the national side, their training and preparations.
The partnership will also include link-ups with local schools, with the national side planning on being a visible and inspirational presence in the city ahead of their clash with the French.
The RFL's director of communications, Niel Wood, said he was delighted the Mail was backing the international in the city.
"We are delighted to confirm the Hull Daily Mail as the official media partner of the Autumn International Series match between England and France at MS3 Craven Park," he said.
"Readers of the Mail have always supported international rugby league when the city has hosted matches and I'm sure that will be the case on Saturday, November 3.
"With an east Hull lad coaching the national team and England boosted by the presence of the Black and Whites' big signing for 2013, we expect a bumper crowd to see Steve McNamara's team in action.
"Our partnership will ensure that Mail readers get unrivalled access to the latest news from the England camp, and exclusive offers which will ensure they can secure their tickets at the best possible prices."
Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson says the partnership emphasises the paper's commitment to rugby league.
"We recognise the importance rugby league plays to people in this city and try to reflect that with our extensive coverage of our two Super League sides and the thriving amateur game," said Hodgkinson.
"To be able to extend our exclusive content to the national team is fantastic and with the offers planned by the RFL hopefully we can help fill out Craven Park and show everyone what a great rugby league community we have in Hull."
SEE tomorrow's Mail for the first column with Gareth Ellis, bringing readers a flavour of the team's training camp in South Africa.