Source: Ainsley Bennett

WRLA clubs to nominate players for Xamax County of Origin trials

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The WRLA is asking clubs competing in the 2016/17 season to nominate players to take part in trials to play for Lancashire and Yorkshire respectively, in the forthcoming Xamax County of Origin game on Sunday 29th January 2017.

The WRLA has arranged for the trials to take place, weather permitting, on Sunday 11th and 18th December when no league games will be taking place. The respective coaches and managers are currently arranging venues, where the trials will be taking place, which will be announced at a later date and to all participants.

The criteria for all players put forward by clubs for their respective counties are that they can only play for the county of their birth, whether or not they play for either Lancashire or Yorkshire clubs in the WRLA league.

No players who have played for the England Ladies team this year are eligible for selection, and all players put forward must have played in the WRLA league this 2016/17 season.

Lancashire clubs can put forward unlimited nominations, as there are only three clubs competing from the county, although there are players born in Lancashire playing for Yorkshire clubs

Each Yorkshire club can nominate a maximum of five players from their respective clubs to take part in the trials.

Players’ details should be forwarded to the following contacts at Lancashire and Yorkshire who will then inform the players of the venue for the trials.



John Johnson,

Laura Goodwyn-Outten,

Chris Greenfields


Shane Hussain

Steve Smith,

Dean Gledhill

Steve Manning WRLA Chair said: “We look forward to all our WRLA clubs putting players forward for the forthcoming trials to represent Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Xamax County of Origin 6 next year.

“We set the trial dates up on free dates, that do not clash with league fixtures, and expect (weather permitting) that the trials will take place on those dates at venues to be arranged by the respective coaching and management teams.

“The criteria is the same as it has always been [since the WRLA Origin concept was introduced five years ago]. It gives those players who are currently not part of the England squad or have played for them this year an opportunity to show what they can do, playing under pressure at the highest level, to the England coaching staff.

“We hope all the clubs buy into it and I am sure that every Lancashire and Yorkshire born woman will want to be put forward to trial and play for their respective county.”

Report courtesy of the WRLA