The Region’s Best Rugby League Players to go head-to-head in North East Origin Match North of Tyne takes on South of Tyne this Saturday.
North East rugby league fans are being encouraged to come and see the inaugural North East Origin match take place at the home of Newcastle Thunder, Kingston Park Stadium this Saturday (1145am kick off).
Based on the State of Origin match in Australia, arguably the biggest rugby league match in the world outside of the World Cup, the North of Tyne taking on South of Tyne to decide who has produced the best rugby league players in the region.
With players chosen based on their first community club, players from Wallsend Eagles, Cramlington (previously Killingworth) Rockets and Whitley Bay Barbarians will make up North of Tyne and Wear black and white.
Dressed in purple and magenta, the South of Tyne squad is made of up names from Gateshead Storm, Jarrow Vikings, Gateshead Thunder, Gateshead Panthers, Durham Tigers and Peterlee Pumas.
“It’s a big opportunity to claim the bragging rights for the North East,” said North of Tyne coach, Jordan Robinson.
“The talent in both squads is impressive and it promises to be an exciting match.
“We have wanted to do an Origin match for years so to finally be holding it is a big success for everyone in North East Rugby League.
Both squads trained at Kingston Park during the week and looked sharp.
There are a number of players who have played national league or for their country at a junior level in both sides and no one will be taking a step back come kick off.”
As part of a big day of rugby league, following the Origin match, the second test of the England vs New Zealand test series will be on the big screens at Kingston Park’s Tap & Tackle at 2.30pm as the home side look to record their second successive win to clinch the series.
With entrance free through the Tap & Tackle and free curry served until it runs out, it promises to be a gala rugby league occasion.
North East Origin, Kick off 11:45am at Kingston Park.
Squads (community club in brackets)
North of Tyne
Aiden Orritt (Cramlington Rockets)
Alex Taylor (Wallsend Eagles)
Ben Dalton (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Ben Smith (Wallsend Eagles)
Chris McCabe (Wallsend Eagles)
Chris Prior (Wallsend Eagles)
Christopher David (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Connor Lye (Killingworth Rockets)
Craig Banks (Wallsend Eagles)
Gavin Duffy (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Jack Tait (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Jamie Dowd (Cramlington Rockets)
Joey Bell (Cramlington Rockets)
Kyle Wharton (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Liam Blackburn (Wallsend Eagles)
Mark Hall (Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Matthew Hyatt (Cramlington Rockets)
Matty Gordon (Cramlington Rockets)
Michael Mitchell (Killingworth Rockets)
Rhys Allison (Wallsend Eagles)
Scott Rendles (Wallsend Eagles)
Stephen Welton (Wallsend Eagles)
Jordan Robinson (Killingworth Rockets)
Graeme Neighbour (Wallsend Eagles)
South of Tyne
Adam Houston (Gateshead Panthers)
Andy Gray (Jarrow Vikings)
Andy Morris (Gateshead Thunder)
Anthony Veitch (Gateshead Panthers)
Charlie Leask (Gateshead Storm)
Chris Burnett (Gateshead Storm)
Conor Young (Gateshead Panthers)
Dan Barron (Gateshead Storm)
Dan Mole (Gateshead Thunder)
David Norman (Durham Tigers)
Derek Worthington (Jarrow Vikings)
Gregg Newland (Jarrow Vikings)
Jack Adamson (Peterlee Pumas)
Jack Munro (Gateshead Storm)
John Malcolm (Peterlee Pumas)
Jordan Wright (Jarrow Vikings)
Phillip Wall (Jarrow Vikings)
Paul Doddsworth (Durham Tigers)
Ruri Cuthbertson (Jarrow Vikings)
Reece Young (Gateshead Panthers)
Sean Swallow (Peterlee Pumas)
Steven Lockney (Jarrow Vikings)
Karl Stephenson (Durham Demons)
George Taylor (Jarrow Vikings)
Jason Grant (Catterick Crusaders)