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Send England to the 2017 Student World Cup in Australia!

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In July 2017, England Universities will take part in the Student Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Sydney, Australia.


The team is made up of the best student Rugby League players in the country and participation in the squad is self-funded. Each player and member of the volunteer coaching and management team is responsible for raising money for themselves to cover UK-based training and friendly games, kit and equipment, flights, accommodation, travel, insurance and tournament participation fees.


The whole squad will be working hard to fundraise the £110k needed for the trip through selling sponsorship, Community Game Raffle Tickets and staging events, but all donations will go a long way to reducing the cost of taking part in the tournament for the players.


England Universities Head Coach, Colin Baker, said: "Please give generously and play your part in sending England Universities Rugby League Team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2017!


"The student game has been a rich source of players for both the professional and regonal leagues and is one of the major recruitment areas into our game.


"Anyone who witnessed the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2013 will know the quality of the competition and the importance of helping our England team as prepared as it can be!"


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The first phase of selection starts this weekend with the regional games. Read all the previews here:


Yorkshire v North East:


Midlands v North West:


South West v South East:


And please... if you can help financially to send Engand to the World Cup, click here:

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Final Scores from the regional games were:


Yorkshire 24 North East 6

Midlands 36 North West 10

South West 52 South East 16

Squads for the North v South Origin game will be announced in December.

Please help the England Students fundraising effort:

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Full videos of each of the Regional Matches are now online to view!

Midlands v North West:


South East v South West:


North East v Yorkshire:


The coaching team have been reviewing all the footage and consulting with the regional coaching teams and will shortly announce a North and South Origin squad ahead of the Student Rugby League Origin Game in February. The initial England squad will be selected from the Origin game.


You can contribute to the fundraising effort for the England team’s participation by clicking to

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England Universities Appoint Richard Tate As Assistant Coach

England Universities are delighted to name Richard Tate as their new assistant coach for the 2017 season including the Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia.


Head Coach Colin Baker is delighted with the appointment; "We had some excellent applications for the position and the guys were interviewed should all be considered to take over the reigns following the World Cup in 2017" he continued. "But for now Richard was the man I felt best to be part of the staff to take us to to the World Cup in Australia in 2017 and I'm delighted to welcome him on board. He's been a great part of the pathway in the last couple of years and really looking forward to looking more closely with him."


Richard Tate has been involved in the Student game for some time, previously coaching Bradford University and Hull University and is the current Leeds Trinity University Head Coach. He has also led the Yorkshire regional side in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was head coach of the North team in last year's inaugural University Origin Game. He also served as Great Britain Student Pioneers head coach from 2013 to 2016.


"I'm really pleased and honoured to be given the opportunity as England Universities Assistant Coach for the 2017 Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia" said Richard. "I'm really looking forward to working with all the great staff and top players and to be part of an already great set up. The hard work and preparation starts now!"


The squads for the next stage of the England selection process, University Origin, will shortly be announced. In the meantime, England Universities need your support to get them to the 2017 Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia - click here to support:

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#UniOriginRL squads announced


Following on from the recent #UniRegionalsRL games that took place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, the England Universities coaches have been busy looking to select players and coaches for the second annual University Origin match on the 28th January at Loughborough University.


Higher Education Manager, Adam Hughes said, "There is a lot of excitement building around the Origin game especially as it is the next step on the pathway to the Student World Cup, in July 2017. The standard of the Regional Games this year has been a step up from last year’s games. The Coaching Staff have had some pleasant selection headaches."


"The University Origin game will see the 20 top performers from the North (North West, North East and Yorkshire) and the South (South East, South West and Midlands) play in an 80-minute match. The Match will be another chance to impress the England Universities coaches before the England squad is announced for this years’ programme that concludes with the World Cup in Australia."


Colin Baker, England Universities head coach said, "I am excited to name the University Origin Squads in what is already proving to be an exciting year for University Rugby League. The management team have found this a really tough process as the standard has been so high. Good luck to all players and coaches and bring on 28th January at Loughborough."


England Universities need your support to get them to the 2017 Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia


The Management teams and train on squads are as follows;



Brad Kislingbury (University of Gloucester, South West)
Frankie Foster (University of Gloucester, South West)
Ben Stead (University of Gloucester, South West)
Malaki Lloyd-Jones (University of Gloucester, South West)
Conor Jones (University of Gloucester, South West)
Danny Fallon (University of Gloucester, South West)
Harry Kiddy (University of Gloucester, South West)
James Mason (University of Gloucester, South West)
Errol Carter (University of Gloucester, South West)
Luke Stephens (University of Gloucester, South West)
Archie Gibbs (University of Gloucester, South West)
Callum Bradbury (University of Gloucestershire, South West)
Charlie O’Mara (Loughborough University, Midlands)
Elliott Hall (Loughborough University, Midlands)
Lewis Lord (Loughborough University, Midlands)
Rob Meadows (Loughborough University, Midlands)
Lewis Taylor (Loughborough University, Midlands)
Dan Harrison (Nottingham Trent, Midlands)
Matty Holroyd (Nottingham Trent, Midlands)
Matt Ross (Nottingham Trent, Midlands)
Kieran Sherratt (Coventry, Midlands)
Charlie Greene (St Mary’s, South East)
Callum Pettigrove (St Mary’s, South East)
Craig Winfield (Cambridge University, South East)


Management Team: Colin Baker (England Universities Head Coach), Tim Farnden (Midlands), Dan Poulton (South West) Team Manager: James Szymik (South East)



Jacob Morgan (Leeds Beckett, Yorkshire)
Zack McComb (Leeds Beckett, Yorkshire)
Sam Druce (Leeds Beckett, Yorkshire)
Josh Crabtree (Leeds Beckett, Yorkshire)
Jake Reed (Leeds Beckett, Yorkshire)
Nathan Hill (University of Hull, Yorkshire)
Josh Hamilton (University of Hull, Yorkshire)
Jack Lazenby (University of Hull, Yorkshire)
James Woodburn-Hall (University of Leeds, Yorkshire)
Reece Brunt (University of Leeds, Yorkshire)
Sam Swire (University of Sheffield, Yorkshire)
Marcus Stock (University of Sheffield, Yorkshire)
Kieran Smith (Sheffield Hallam University, Yorkshire)
Liam McAvoy (Northumbria University, North East)
Paddy Hargreaves (Northumbria University, North East)
Sam Luckley (Northumbria University, North East)
Jason Bass (Newcastle University, North East)
Dom Bryan (Manchester Metropolitan University, North West)
Zac Hartley (Manchester Metropolitan University, North West)
Liam Wood (UCLAN, North West)
Aaron Hall (University of Bolton, North West)
Mike Quickenden (University of Salford, North West)
Carl Southan (Liverpool John Moore’s, North West)


Management Team: Richard Tate (England Universities Assistant Coach), Dean Reacher (Yorkshire), Kris Ratcliffe (North West) Team Manager: Matt Airey (Yorkshire) Physio: Christine Alderson (England Universities)

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