Organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup hope to attract record spectator numbers of around 750,000.
New Zealand's Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino and Russell Packer have all announced their international retirement.
England will warm up for the visit of New Zealand in the autumn with an international against France on October 20.
NRL clubs are set to release players for June's Denver Test between England and New Zealand following clear-the-air talks.
Former Wigan favourite Dean Bell will lead the search for the next New Zealand coach ahead of their June Test against England.
England will play New Zealand in Denver in June, the first of three meetings in the United States over the next three years.
Wayne Bennett will be handed a four-year contract if he is reappointed as England head coach.
Wellington Albert has been offered support ahead of his move to Widnes after the sudden death of former team-mate Kato Ottio.
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