Rugby League War of the Roses

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Origin Series
2003 Origin logo
Sport Rugby league football
Formerly known as War of the Roses
Inaugural season 1895
Ceased 2003
Number of teams 2
Country  England (RFL)
Last winners Yorkshire (2003)
Most titles Lancashire (45 titles)

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.

Results[edit]

Total matches Yorkshire Lancashire Drawn
89 41 45 3
Year Winner Score Crowd Venue
1895 Yorkshire 8–0 9,059 Oldham
1896 Lancashire 8–3 5,300 Huddersfield
1897 Lancashire 7–3 15,000 Oldham
1898 Yorkshire 20–9 8,000 Salford
1899 Lancashire 16–13 9,000 Halifax
1900 Lancashire 24–5 18,000 Rochdale
1902 Yorkshire 13–8 12,235 Hull
1902 Lancashire 13–0 14,286 Salford
1903 Lancashire 8–0 11,000 Leeds
1904 Yorkshire 14–5 8,500 Oldham
1905 Lancashire 8–0 8,000 Hull
1906 Lancashire 19–0 5,000 Salford
1907 Yorkshire 15–11 7,000 Halifax
1908 Lancashire 27–14 6,000 Hull
1909 Yorkshire 27–14 6,000 Hull
1910 Lancashire 17–3 2,000 Wigan
1912 Lancashire 13–12 3,199 Halifax
1912 Yorkshire 20–8 4,000 Oldham
1913 Yorkshire 19–11 3,500 Huddersfield
1919 Lancashire 15–5 5,000 Broughton
1920 Yorkshire 18–3 7,000 Hull
1921 Yorkshire 5–2 4,000 Rochdale
1922 Draw 11–11 8,000 Hull
1923 Lancashire 6–5 8,000 Oldham
1924 Lancashire 28–9 6,000 Halifax
1925 Lancashire 26–10 13,000 St Helens
1926 Lancashire 18–13 9,000 Wakefield
1927 Lancashire 35–19 12,000 Warrington
1928 Lancashire 33–10 6,520 Halifax
1930 Lancashire 19–3 4,300 Rochdale
1930 Yorkshire 25–15 9,000 Wakefield
1931 Lancashire 11–8 10,049 Warrington
1932 Yorkshire 30–3 4,000 Wakefield
1933 Yorkshire 15–12 2,000 Oldham
1934 Draw 5–5 1,500 Leeds
1935 Lancashire 16–5 6,700 Widnes
1936 Lancashire 28–6 7,648 Castleford
1938 Lancashire 10–9 3,653 Rochdale
1938 Draw 10–10 3,000 Leeds
1945 Lancashire 17–16 11,059 Swinton
1946 Yorkshire 13–10 5,000 Hunslet
1947 Lancashire 22–10 6,270 Wigan
1949 Lancashire 12–3 7,000 Halifax
1949 Lancashire 22–13 15,000 Warrington
1950 Yorkshire 23–15 6,547 Huddersfield
1951 Yorkshire 15–5 11,573 Leigh
1953 Yorkshire 16–8 8,400 Hull
1953 Lancashire 18–10 12,870 Leigh
1954 Yorkshire 20–10 8,500 Bradford
1955 Lancashire 26–10 8,000 Oldham
1956 Lancashire 35–21 8,500 Hull
1957 Yorkshire 25–11 6,200 Widnes
1958 Yorkshire 35–19 5,000 Hull
1958 Yorkshire 16–15 8,500 Leigh
1958 Yorkshire 38–28 6,417 Leigh
1960 Lancashire 21–20 15,054 Wakefield
1961 Lancashire 14–12 4,970 Leigh
1962 Yorkshire 22–8 7,956 Wakefield
1963 Lancashire 45–20 11,200 St Helens
1964 Yorkshire 33–10 6,331 Hull
1965 Yorkshire 16–13 5,847 Swinton
1966 Lancashire 22–17 10,528 Leeds
1968 Lancashire 23–17 8,932 Widnes
1968 Yorkshire 10–5 6,656 Hull
1969 Lancashire 14–12 4,652 Salford
1971 Yorkshire 34–8 2,000 Castleford
1971 Yorkshire 32–12 2,000 Castleford
1971 Yorkshire 42–22 5,019 Leigh
1972 Yorkshire 32–18 2,343 Castleford
1973 Lancashire 17–15 3,307 Widnes
1974 Yorkshire 20–14 1,219 Keighley
1974 Lancashire 29–11 3,114 Widnes
1975 Yorkshire 17–7 700 Wigan
1977 Yorkshire 18–13 2,740 Castleford
1977 Lancashire 33–8 5,056 Widnes
1978 Lancashire 23–7 4,283 Widnes
1979 Yorkshire 19–16 2,744 Castleford
1980 Lancashire 17–9 1,593 Widnes
1981 Yorkshire 21–15 1,222 Castleford
1982 Yorkshire 22–21 1,738 Leigh

Rodstock War of the Roses[edit]

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.


Origin Series[edit]

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.[2]

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 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Central Park". wigan.rlfans.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Woods, Dave (31 May 2001). "Origin game evolves". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rugby League: Wellens Takes Centre Stage; Lancashire 22 Yorkshire 18.". The Mirror (London). 15 June 2002. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rugby League results and details". Telegraph. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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