Rugby League War of the Roses

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The Origin Series, previously War of the Roses, was the inter-county rugby league matches between representative teams from Yorkshire and Lancashire, the areas where rugby league has traditionally been most popular in England.

War of the Roses
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SportRugby league
Instituted1895
Ceased2003
Number of teams2
Country England (RFL)
WinnersFlag of Yorkshire.svg Yorkshire (34th Title)
Most titlesLancashire Lancashire (35 titles)
Broadcast partnerSky Sports

HistoryEdit

The first War of the Roses was contested in 1895 between Yorkshire and Lancashire since rugby league was founded in Yorkshire and mostly played in the heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. It was held almost annually until 1991 and occasionally was contested in a series.

In 1985, an annual fixture between Lancashire and Yorkshire was proposed as a replacement for the County Championship which had last been played in 1982–83. The fixture became known as the Rodstock War of the Roses, and the first game was played in September 1985. The series lasted until 1991, when it was scrapped due to lack of interest.

The fixture was revived in 2001 under the name of the Origin Series, inspired by the success of Australia's State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland.[1]

Player eligibility for the Origin Series was based on the player's region of birth, but players born outside of Yorkshire and Lancashire were also eligible for selection, based on the region where they first played rugby league at professional level.

The Origin Series was reduced to a one-off Origin Game in 2003 due to the British hosting the touring Australia, New Zealand A and as well the kick off of the Rugby League European Nations Cup. So together with the Challenge Cup, WCC and Rugby Super League, the Rugby Football League (RFL) felt that too many Origin matches would be too much strain on the top players. The tournament was then rested due to apathy from rugby league supporters.[citation needed]

The series has in effect been replaced by the International Origin series, where England take on the "Exiles" – a team composed of the best overseas players in Super League.

ResultsEdit

Total matches Yorkshire Lancashire Drawn
89 34 35 9
Year Winner Attendance Venue
1895 Yorkshire 9,059   Watersheddings, Oldham
1896 Lancashire 5,300   Fartown, Huddersfield
15,000   Watersheddings, Oldham
1897 Yorkshire 11,000   Park Avenue, Bradford
1898 Yorkshire 8,000   New Barnes, Salford
1899 Lancashire 9,000   Thrum Hall, Halifax
1900 Lancashire 18,000   Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
1902 Draw 12,235   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
14,286   The Willows, Salford
1903 Lancashire 11,000   Headingley, Leeds
1904 Yorkshire 8,500   Watersheddings, Oldham
1905 Lancashire 8,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1906 Lancashire 5,000   The Willows, Salford
1907 Yorkshire 7,000   Thrum Hall, Halifax
1908 Lancashire 6,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1909 Yorkshire 6,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1910 Lancashire 2,000   Central Park, Wigan
1912 Draw 3,199   Thrum Hall, Halifax
4,000   Watersheddings, Oldham
1913 Yorkshire 3,500   Fartown, Huddersfield
1919 Lancashire 5,000   The Willows, Salford
1920 Yorkshire 7,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1921 Yorkshire 4,000   Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
1922 Draw 8,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1923 Lancashire 8,000   Watersheddings, Oldham
1924 Lancashire 6,000   Thrum Hall, Halifax
1925 Lancashire 13,000   Knowsley Road, St. Helens
1926 Lancashire 9,000   Belle Vue, Wakefield
1927 Lancashire 12,000   Wilderspool, Warrington
1928 Lancashire 6,520   Thrum Hall, Halifax
1930 Draw 4,300   Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
9,000   Belle Vue, Wakefield
1931 Lancashire 10,049   Wilderspool, Warrington
1932 Yorkshire 4,000   Belle Vue, Wakefield
1933 Yorkshire 2,000   Watersheddings, Oldham
1934 Draw 1,500   Headingley, Leeds
1935 Lancashire 6,700   Naughton Park, Widnes
1936 Lancashire 7,648   Wheldon Road, Castleford
1938 Lancashire 3,653   Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
3,000   Headingley, Leeds
1942 Yorkshire 5,000   Crown Flatt (old ground), Dewsbury
1945 Lancashire 11,059   Station Road, Swinton
1946 Yorkshire 5,000   Parkside, Hunslet
1947 Lancashire 6,270   Central Park, Wigan
1949 Lancashire 7,000   Thrum Hall, Halifax
15,000   Wilderspool, Warrington
1950 Yorkshire 6,547   Fartown, Huddersfield
1951 Yorkshire 11,573   Hilton Park, Leigh
1953 Draw 8,400   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
12,870   Hilton Park, Leigh
1954 Yorkshire 8,500   Odsal, Bradford
1955 Lancashire 8,000   Watersheddings, Oldham
1956 Lancashire 8,500   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1957 Yorkshire 6,200   Naughton Park, Widnes
1958 Yorkshire 5,000   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
8,500   Hilton Park, Leigh
6,417   Hilton Park, Leigh
1960 Lancashire 15,054   Belle Vue, Wakefield
1961 Lancashire 4,970   Hilton Park, Leigh
1962 Yorkshire 7,956   Belle Vue, Wakefield
1963 Lancashire 11,200   Knowsley Road, St. Helens
1964 Yorkshire 6,331   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1965 Yorkshire 5,847   Station Road Swinton
1966 Lancashire 10,528   Headingley, Leeds
1968 Draw 8,932   Naughton Park, Widnes
6,656   The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull
1969 Lancashire 4,652   The Willows, Salford
1971 Yorkshire 2,000   Wheldon Road, Castleford
2,000   Wheldon Road, Castleford
1971 Yorkshire 5,019   Hilton Park, Leigh
1972 Yorkshire 2,343   Wheldon Road, Castleford
1973 Lancashire 3,307   Naughton Park, Widnes
1974 Draw 1,219   Lawkholme Lane, Keighley
3,114   Naughton Park, Widnes
1975 Yorkshire 700   Central Park, Wigan
1977 Draw 2,740   Wheldon Road, Castleford
5,056   Naughton Park, Widnes
1978 Lancashire 4,283   Naughton Park, Widnes
1979 Yorkshire 2,744   Wheldon Road, Castleford
1980 Lancashire 1,593   Naughton Park, Widnes
1981 Yorkshire 1,222   Wheldon Road, Castleford
1982 Yorkshire 1,738   Hilton Park, Leigh
1985 Yorkshire 6,743   Central Park, Wigan
1986 Yorkshire 5,983   Headingley, Leeds
1987 Yorkshire 9,748   Central Park, Wigan
1988 Yorkshire 8,244   Headingley, Leeds
1989 Yorkshire 10,182   Central Park, Wigan
1991 Yorkshire 6,454   Headingley, Leeds
2001 Lancashire 10,253   JJB Stadium, Wigan
2002 Lancashire 7,352   Wheldon Road, Castleford
9,283   Headingley, Leeds
2003 Yorkshire 6,454   Odsal, Bradford

International touring teamsEdit

Both Lancashire and Yorkshire have played numerous matches against touring Australian and New Zealand teams.[2][3] From the 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour, both Lancashire and Yorkshire were taken off the Australian's itinerary with the only county side they played being Cumbria.

LancashireEdit

Game No. Date Result Venue Attendance Notes
1 18 January 1908   Lancashire def.   New Zealand 20–4 Watersheddings, Oldham 1907–08 All Golds tour
2 25 November 1908   Australia def.   Lancashire 20–6 Central Park, Wigan 4,000 1908–09 Kangaroo Tour
3 8 March 1909   Lancashire def.   Australia 19–14 Wheater's Field, Broughton 4,000
4 2 October 1911   Australasia def.   Lancashire 25–12 Ewood Park, Blackburn 5,000 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour
5 30 November 1921   Australasia def.   Lancashire 29–6 Goodison Park, Everton 17,000 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour
6 14 December 1921   Lancashire def.   Australasia 8–6 Wilderspool, Warrington 6,000
7 3 January 1927   Lancashire def.   New Zealand 28–3 7,000 1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour
8 26 September 1929   Australasia def.   Lancashire 29–14 Wilderspool, Warrington 24,000 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour
9 20 September 1933   Australia def.   Lancashire 33–7 Wilderspool, Warrington 16,576 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour
10 29 September 1937   Lancashire def.   Australia 7–5 Wilderspool, Warrington 16,250 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour
11 8 December 1948   Lancashire def.   Australia 13–8 Central Park, Wigan 11,788 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour
12 22 November 1951   Lancashire def.   New Zealand 13–12 1951–52 New Zealand Kiwis tour
13 30 November 1952   Australia def.   Lancashire 36–11 Wilderspool, Warrington 5,863 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour
14 23 September 1959   Lancashire def.   Australia 30–22 Knowsley Road, St. Helens 15,743 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour
15 25 September 1963   Lancashire def.   Australia 13–11 Central Park, Wigan 15,068 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour
16 30 November 1967   Australia def.   Lancashire 14–2 The Willows, Salford 9,369 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour

YorkshireEdit

Game No. Date Result Venue Attendance Notes
1 18 December 1907   New Zealand def.   Yorkshire 23–4 Belle Vue, Wakefield 1907–08 All Golds tour
2 5 November 1908   Australia def.   Yorkshire 21–11 The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull 3,500 1908–09 Kangaroo Tour
3 25 September 1911   Australasia def.   Yorkshire 33–13 Bramall Lane, Sheffield 4,000 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour
4 7 December 1921   Australasia def.   Yorkshire 24–8 Belle Vue, Wakefield 6,000 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour
5 15 December 1926   Yorkshire def.   New Zealand 17–16 Fartown, Huddersfield 3,000 1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour
6 20 November 1929   Australasia def.   Yorkshire 25–12 Belle Vue, Wakefield 7,011 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour
7 13 September 1933   Australia def.   Yorkshire 13–0 Headingley, Leeds 10,309 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour
8 6 October 1937   Australia def.   Yorkshire 8–4 Odsal, Bradford 7,570 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour
9 24 November 1948   Yorkshire def.   Australia 5–2 Headingley, Leeds 5,310 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour
10 5 December 1951   New Zealand def.   Yorkshire 10–3 2,958 1951–52 New Zealand Kiwis tour
11 26 November 1952   Australia def.   Yorkshire 55–11 Fartown, Huddersfield 3,737 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour
12 28 September 1959   Yorkshire def.   Australia 47–15 Clarence Street/Wigginton Road, York 7,338 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour
13 18 September 1963   Yorkshire def.   Australia 11–5 Craven Park, Kingston upon Hull 10,324 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour
14 4 October 1967   Yorkshire def.   Australia 15–14 Belle Vue, Wakefield 19,370 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour

Women's Rugby LeagueEdit

In 2015, the RFL department of Women's Rugby League announced that they would stage the inaugural Women's "War of the Roses", between Lancashire Ladies and Yorkshire Ladies. The match, which took place at Thatto Heath Crusaders, St. Helens, saw Yorkshire Ladies and Lancashire Ladies share the honours after a 22-22 draw, with an attendance of around 500.[4]

The match, held on 18 October 2015, followed a Lancashire Girls vs Yorkshire Girls under 18s match, which finished 34-0 in favour of the Yorkshire side.

ResultsEdit

Year Winner Score Venue Attendance
2015 Draw 22-22   St. Helens 500

Origin LegendsEdit

In 2017 , Rugby AM announced a charity game between Yorkshire and Lancashire legends at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, which saw Yorkshire defeat Lancashire 14-12. The following year Yorkshire retained their Origin Legends title with a 32-14 victory over Lancashire in Castleford. August 28th 2019 saw the return of the game at Headingley and notable players including Gary Connolly, Denis Betts and Sean Long for Lancashire and Jason Robinson , Stuart Fielden and Rob Burrow for Yorkshire. The game was won 21-18 by Lancashire

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Woods, Dave (31 May 2001). "Origin game evolves". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ Lancashire at Rugby League Project
  3. ^ Yorkshire at Rugby League Project
  4. ^ Author, Unknown (13 October 2015). "County Origin Renewed". RFL Womens Rugby League. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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