Source: Ainsley Bennett

County of Origin team trials

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There are no fixtures this weekend in the WRLA Winter League but trials will take place for the Yorkshire team that will compete in the County of Origin match in 2016.

Four players from each of the Yorkshire based league sides will meet at Brighouse Sports Club at 11.00am and players will hope to impress coach Craig Taylor, who will have 40 players to choose his squad from.

The players will first have a meet and greet, then do some training and then the group will be split into two sides to play against each other, while Taylor watches on to assess all round performances.

Because of the bad weather the Lancashire trials will be held on 20 December at Wigan St Judes.

Lancashire coach, John Davenport will have just the two teams to choose his squad from (University of Liverpool and Wigan St Judes), Lancashire at the moment fielding fewer sides than Yorkshire, a balance that is hoped will be rectified as the support for women’s rugby league grows within the county.

Rules state that players can only play for the county in which they were born, even if they play their rugby for a club based in the other county.

The Origin match will be played at Hunslet Hawks ground on the 31st January alongside the men’s BARLA Cup match.  So far the competition has been held four times with the results split evenly between the two counties – so Origin 5 will put one side in the lead, at least until 2017!