WRLA confirm coaches for County of Origin

The Women’s Amateur Rugby League Association (WRLA) has named the two coaches who will guide the teams in the forthcoming County of Origin clash on January 31.

The Yorkshire women will be coach by Craig Taylor, who has been coaching Batley Bulldogs Girls for the last four years.

John Davenport, who is the coach of Wigan St Jude’s Girls and Ladies,  will coach Lancashire.

“The game will culminate a double header of rugby league when the 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,” WRLA Chair Steve Manning said.

“As a league we are excited about the prospects of this game with the series currently level at 2-2.

“Both coaches will select their own coaching staff and an announcement will be made at a later date and all and will arrange the venues for their respective trials that will take place in December.

“Only registered players born in their respective counties playing in the WRLA Winter League 2015/16 can make themselves for that county whether they play for clubs in Yorkshire or Lancashire.

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

“Congratulations to Craig Taylor and John Davenport who have been appointed as Head Coaches of Yorkshire and Lancashire respectively.

“Their resumes say it all and WRLA are excited to have two experienced and dedicated people on board to coach their respective counties for Origin 5.

“I would like to thank BARLA who are running the 2015 BARLA Yorkshire Cups at Open Age and Youth and Junior the opportunity of playing our County of Origin on Sunday January 31 at as yet an unnamed venue.”

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