Australia and New Zealand have been hit by defections ahead of the World Cup after leading players quit to play for Tonga.
England's mid-season Test against Samoa on May 6 will be part of an international triple-header in Sydney.
The draw has been made for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with England in Pool A alongside Australia, France and Lebanon.
Full fixture list for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
Tonga eliminated Italy from the World Cup with a 16-0 win, a result that sends Scotland through to the quarter-finals.
Italy will send Scotland tumbling out of the World Cup if they beat Tonga on Sunday.
A hat-trick of tries from Chris Taripo couldn't prevent the Cook Islands suffering a 22-16 defeat to Tonga in Leigh.
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