RFL plan Anglo-French challenge
The Rugby Football League have confirmed plans for the leading Championship clubs to go up against their French counterparts this summer.
Featherstone, Sheffield Eagles, Leigh and Halifax will compete against former Championship club Toulouse and the three highest-ranked clubs from the French domestic competition over the weekend of June 2-3.
Last year's Grand-Final winners Featherstone will play the 2012 French champions for the European club title while the outcome of the Anglo-French Challenge will be determined by the results of all four matches.
If the tournament is level at 2-2, it will be decided by aggregating the combined points scored in all four matches.
Featherstone and Leigh, who will place the third-placed French club, will have home advantage while Halifax and Sheffield will play their matches in France.
RFL director of European development Niel Wood said: "This innovative tournament allows us to continue the close connection between the Championships and the French Elite Division, as well as celebrate the success of the clubs involved.
"I am certain that the players, officials and most importantly the fans will love the competition."
French Federation president Nicolas Larrat said: "It is very important that we encourage competition between the two countries at both Super League and Championship level and between the national teams.
"I am sure that the Anglo-French Challenge will be a big success among the players and supporters from both countries."
Details of fixtures and kick-off times will be confirmed following the conclusion of the French domestic season later this month.
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