Rugby League War of the Roses

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War of the Roses
Warofroses-origin2003-logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 1895
Ceased 2003
Number of teams 2
Country  England (RFL)
Winners FlagOfYorkshire.svg Yorkshire (34th Title)
Most titles Lancashire Lancashire (35 titles)
Broadcast partner Sky Sports

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.

History[edit]

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The series has in effect been replaced by the International Origin series, where England take on the "Exiles" – a team composed of the best overseas players in Super League.

Results[edit]

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

International Touring Teams[edit]

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.

Lancashire[edit]

Game# Date Result Venue Attendance Notes
1 18 January 1908 Lancashire Lancashire def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 20–4 The Watersheddings, Oldham 1907–08 All Golds tour
2 25 November 1908 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 20–6 Central Park, Wigan 4,000 1908–09 Kangaroo Tour
3 8 March 1909 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 19–14 Wheater's Field, Broughton 4,000
4 2 October 1911 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Lancashire Lancashire 25–12 Ewood Park, Blackburn 5,000 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour
5 30 November 1921 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Lancashire Lancashire 29–6 Goodison Park, Everton 17,000 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour
6 14 December 1921 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australasia 8–6 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 6,000
7 3 January 1927 Lancashire Lancashire def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 28–3 7,000 1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour
8 26 September 1929 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Lancashire Lancashire 29–14 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 24,000 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour
9 20 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 33–7 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 16,576 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour
10 29 September 1937 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 7–5 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 16,250 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour
11 8 December 1948 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 13–8 Central Park, Wigan 11,788 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour
12 22 November 1951 Lancashire Lancashire def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 13–12 1951–52 New Zealand Kiwis tour
13 30 November 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 36–11 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 5,863 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour
14 23 September 1959 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 30–22 Knowsley Road, St. Helens 15,743 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour
15 25 September 1963 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 13–11 Central Park, Wigan 15,068 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour
16 30 November 1967 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 14–2 The Willows, Salford 9,369 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour

Yorkshire[edit]

Game# Date Result Venue Attendance Notes
1 18 December 1907 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 23–4 Belle Vue, Wakefield 1907–08 All Golds tour
2 5 November 1908 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 21–11 The Boulevard, Hull 3,500 1908–09 Kangaroo Tour
3 25 September 1911 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 33–13 Bramall Lane, Sheffield 4,000 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour
4 7 December 1921 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 24–8 Belle Vue, Wakefield 6,000 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour
5 15 December 1926 Yorkshire Yorkshire def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 17–16 Fartown Ground, Huddersfield 3,000 1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour
6 20 November 1929 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 25–12 Belle Vue, Wakefield 7,011 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour
7 13 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 13–0 Headingley, Leeds 10,309 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour
8 6 October 1937 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 8–4 Odsal Stadium, Bradford 7,570 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour
9 24 November 1948 Yorkshire Yorkshire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 5–2 Headingley, Leeds 5,310 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour
10 5 December 1951 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 10–3 2,958 1951–52 New Zealand Kiwis tour
11 26 November 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Yorkshire Yorkshire 55–11 Fartown Ground, Huddersfield 3,737 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour
12 28 September 1959 Yorkshire Yorkshire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 47–15 Wigginton Road, York 7,338 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour
13 18 September 1963 Yorkshire Yorkshire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 11–5 Craven Park, Hull 10,324 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour
14 4 October 1967 Yorkshire Yorkshire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 15–14 Belle Vue, Wakefield 19,370 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour

Womens Rugby League[edit]

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

Results[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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