England boss Andy Robinson has confirmed the world champions will spend three days training with Super League giants Leeds Rhinos next month.
The cross-code initiative has been rubber-stamped following talks between Robinson and Australian Tony Smith, coach of the Super League champions.
England will use the sessions - in Leeds - as a key part of preparations for their RBS 6 Nations Championship opener against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on February 5.
"Any team involved in professional sport can learn from other sports," said Robinson, who played for Bath against Wigan in two cross-code challenge games eight years ago.
"These are the little things that make a difference. Continually taking the players out of their comfort zone is no bad thing, and it applies pressure in different ways.
"It is all about creating a different environment. Their rules are a bit different; there is more space and security of possession for them, but when you strip it all down it's still rugby - union or league."
The gathering, from January 17-19, will be of particular interest to Robinson's assistants, former rugby league coaches Joe Lydon and Phil Larder.
"You study anything you think could give you new ideas - and if you don't then you will be left behind," said Lydon.
"When I was England sevens coach in recent years I looked closely at basketball, because there are a lot of similarities in offence and defence with sevens.
"League is a great sport. In many ways, it is a simpler game than union - with no scrummaging time or line-out - but our players will learn from it."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.