Rugby League in North Wales goes from Strength to Strength –
Introducing North Wales Origin Rugby League
After the successful formation of a North Wales Origin (NWO) team in 2017, the team’s officials with other interested parties, met with the then Wales Rugby League CEO, Chris Thair and the then National Development Office, Idris Evans to discuss the future of North Wales Rugby.
Consequently, the North Wales Origin RL team was formalised to represent the North in 3 fixtures. Welsh eligible layers were selected from the local Community sides Crusaders U18s, Flintshire Falcons and Chester Gladiators with the final game against a South Wales Dragonhearts ‘possibles’ team as part of the Dragonhearts selection process. As reported on the Wales Rugby League website (dated: 17 September 2017) the North edged the win and based on performance, contributed 5 players to the Dragonhearts 26-man training squad; the youngest at just 17 years of age.
All those involved were keen to see the North build on this success with their Origin side and provide long-term opportunities for the home-grown League talent that obviously exists in the North, to be developed and recognised more.
In the 2018 season, working closely with the WRL and North Wales Crusaders (NWO), they took part in an expanded series of training sessions and fixtures culminating in those against South and West Wales Origin sides as part of the Welsh open-age Dragonhearts selection process.
To help support the team, their development and expanding fixture list, NWORL formalised their committee and coaching base to include a team manager, commercial manager, media manager, assistant coaches, strength & conditioning coach and sports rehab support mirroring that of the Welsh Representative sides.
NWORL are also forging stronger links with the North’s premier club North Wales Crusaders with the appointment of Crusaders general manager, Andy Moulsdale as the committee’s chair. In another inspiring move, NW Crusaders set up a Crusaders ‘A’ team to fill the void between the development pipeline and senior grade rugby with several NWORL players playing their club rugby with the “A” team. The fully pathway can be viewed below.
NWORL’s success continues to be seen in contributing significant numbers of players to Wales Students, Wales U19s and Wales Dragonhearts year on year.
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