THE venue for England’s final warm-up game before the Rugby League World Cup has been confirmed.

Shaun Wane’s side will take on Fiji – semi-finalists at the past three tournaments – at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, October 7.

The game had been scheduled to take place at Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena to celebrate Rochdale Hornets’ 150th anniversary and the town’s historic links to Fiji.

Given the tournament’s postponement, however, the ground is no longer available and a change of venue has been necessary.

The Halliwell Jones Stadium has hosted both of England’s games under Wane thus far – both against the Combined Nations All-Stars side.

The national team boss says Fiji will give his side the chance of ideal preparation for their tournament opener against Samoa in Newcastle on October 15.

"I said last year before the World Cup was postponed that Fiji were ideal opposition for us to get ready for the Samoa game, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to rearrange the game for this year,” Wane said.

"They're a very talented team who will give us a real challenge, which will be good for the players and for us as coaches - and as a Rugby League fan it's a game I’d be looking forward to, so I hope our supporters come out and get behind us ahead of the World Cup."