Source: Ainsley Bennett

WRLA announce Coaches for 2018 County of Origin

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The WRLA committee have announced the 2017 Yorkshire and Lancashire Head Coaches for the 7th County of Origin match:

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson, who will be coaching the Yorkshire side, has been coaching in the Women and Girls game for over 15 years with clubs Milford, Middleton, Hunslet and West Leeds currently. Laura’s team started in the first division of WRLA and this season sees them promoted to the Premier Division.

Laura’s coaching skills earned her Yorkshire Girls Assistant Coach, Under 14’s – 2006, Service Area – Yorkshire Coach, Under 16’s – 2011

GB Teachers Assistant Coach – 2012-2013 and her playing history of  Yorkshire Open Age – 2002, Yorkshire Open Age – Captain – 2003

England Under 21’s (v’s Russia, France, Yorkshire & RAF)

Marc Simon, who will be heading the Lancashire side, was a coach at Thatto Heath Crusaders Ladies. He is currently the head coach for Great Britain Teachers Rugby League and is looking to do more coaching education and development work with the community.

Marc Simon

Marc’s qualifications range from Rugby League Level 1 referee, Rugby Union Level 1 referee, Level 2 course in Rugby Union and Rugby League Level 2 club level coach and is mid way through completing his level 3 coaching course and all CPD for Child Protection.

The County of Origin game will culminate in a double header of rugby league when BARLA Yorkshire Cup Final takes place and is a great platform for the women of WRLA to show off their skills to a wider audience. As a league WRLA are excited about the prospect of this game with the series currently at three wins to three.

Both coaches will select their own coaching staff and when appointed a further announcement will be made and will also confirm the dates and venues for the respective trials that will take place in December.

Only registered players born in their respective counties playing in the WRLA Winter League 2017/2018 can trial for that county whether they play for clubs in Yorkshire or Lancashire. If you weren’t born in Yorkshire or Lancashire then you can trial for the county that your team is in.

WRLA clubs are aware of the procedure for nominating players to each county with only two stipulations. Any players that have been involved playing for England in the last twelve months will not be eligible to be put forward for the counties.

Congratulations to Laura Wilson and Marc Simon –  WRLA are excited to have two experienced and dedicated people on board to coach their counties for Origin 7.

Report courtesy of WRLA