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14 Oct 2021

England Universities Rugby League Regional Coaching Teams Announced

England Universities Rugby League Regional Coaching Teams Announced

England Universities Rugby League have announced the coaching teams for their six regional sides. The regional sides are the first rung on the England Universities ladder, with players selected for the region in which they are studying, with a round of inter-regional games. This year all games take place on Saturday 27th November at the University of Birmingham as follows:

  • 1pm - Midlands v South East
  • 3pm - North East v South West
  • 5pm - Yorkshire v North West

Following the inter-regional games, players are selected for their Origin side, with Midlands, South East and South West aligning to the South and North West, North East and Yorkshire aligning to the North, with the University Origin Match, which takes place in early February 2022, leading to the final England squad being selected.

"It’s great to be able to announce such a strong line up of staff for the Regionals this year" said England Universities Head Coach, Richard Tate.

"The importance of the Regional games cannot be underestimated, with the staff at this level responsible picking those who go onto further selection, they know they have an important job to do"

"All the staff in place will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to their roles and give the players the best opportunity to progress to Origin and the England Universities squad for this years programme."

Details of the regional trials are included under the management teams with the majority taking place over 30th / 31st October, full details will be published soon and the management teams will be in touch with everyone who registers in the lead up to the trial. 

All students who wish to trial need to register their interest by clicking the relevant link below:

North East:

Adam Houston (Head Coach)

Will Leatt (Assistant Coach)

Liam Jackson (Team Manager / Assistant Coach)

Trial Date: Saturday 30th October / Sunday 31st October 2021

Venue: TBC

Yorkshire:

Jack Howieson (Head Coach)

Danny Lee (Assistant Coach)

Chris Chatten (Team Manager)

Trial Date: Sunday 31st October 2021

Venue: South Leeds Stadium

Time: 10am-12pm

North West:

Alex Davidson (Head Coach)

Kieran Lacey (Assistant Coach)

Paul Humphries (Assistant Coach)

Trial Date: Sunday 31st October 2021

Venue: Salford College

Time: 10am start

Midlands:

Mark Sloan (Head Coach)

Adam Cunliffe (Assistant Coach)

Ryan Cousins (Team Manager)

Trial Date: Saturday 30th October 2021

Venue: TBC

South East:

David Banks (Head Coach)

Kieran Roberston (Assistant Coach)

Liam Burnett (Team Manager)

Trial Date: Saturday 14th November 2021

Venue: St Mary’s University

South West:

Ben Whincup (Head Coach)

Matthew Bodey (Assistant Coach)

Kirk Collins (Assistant Coach)

Trial Date: Saturday 30th October / Sunday 31st October 2021

Venue: TBC