North Wales Origin formally launched their 2019 season with a presentation at Mold Rugby Club.
Wales Rugby League president Mike Nicholas attended, along with Ian Knott, who is a former Warrington, Wakefield and Leigh player and now a State of Mind Ambassador.
Photo: courtesy Andrew Cudbertson
The leadership group for 2019 was announced with Wales Dragonhearts international Ben Stelmaszek appointed as team captain. Club captain is Billy Forrester whilst the vice-captains are Alfie Matthias and Dan Crabtree.
On the night, North Wales Origin announced their fixtures for the campaign which starts on 17th July with a fixture against HMP Crusaders RL at Shotton Steel RFC, then in August, they will face the RAF as well as travelling to face Devon and Dorset Lions.
To conclude the season, NWO will again take part in the WRL Origin Series against South-Wales based sides East Wales and West Wales, which will act as trial matches for the Wales Dragonhearts international matches.
Also announced on the night, was an innovative inclusion to their development programme to support the 2019 season and beyond. North Wales Origin are pleased to be working with a highly respected International and NRL coach based in Australia to receive virtual coach mentoring as part of their own CPD. They believe this to be unique and first of its kind and will bring a whole new dimension to the game globally.
Commenting on the season ahead North Wales Origin chairman, Conrad Anderson, said: “It’s fantastic that we have a solid pathway up here in the North of Wales. This year we wanted to give our players and now, our coaches some unique opportunities to develop so are very excited for the season ahead.”
Anderson went on to say “Our players deserve full recognition in playing for their region. The aim is to play for Wales Dragonhearts which is the pivotal moment in the non-professional ranks.”