10th April 2019, 11:02 | englandrl
Several Aussie-beaters, a handful of players with senior Betfred Super League experience, and a couple of familiar Rugby League names are included in the Lancashire and Yorkshire squads that have been announced today for the three-match Origin series that begins at Castleford on Easter Saturday.
Umyla Hanley, the son of Ellery who plays his Academy rugby for Wigan Warriors, is named for the first time in the Lancashire squad - and is joined by Jarrod O’Connor, the son of the former Wigan and Great Britain prop Terry, who recently joined Leeds Rhinos from Widnes Vikings.
They are joined by Jack Welsby of St Helens, who starred in England Academy’s 2-0 series win against the Australian Schoolboys in the winter - and has followed a number of other players from that squad into the Super League in recent weeks.
Welsby is one of eight Saints youngsters in the Lancashire squad, while his 2018 England team-mate Tom Holroyd is one of seven players from Leeds Rhinos in the Yorkshire squad.
Holroyd is joined by Conner Wynne, who made his Super League debut for Hull FC at Salford last weekend, and Morgan Smithies, the Halifax-born forward who was another member of the successful England Academy squad last year, and has made an immediate impact with Wigan in recent weeks.
There is an additional emphasis on the Origin series in 2019, with no Academy internationals against southern hemisphere opposition this year - although many players in these squads will aiming to stake a claim for the tour of Australia in 2020.
👏 Another City of Hull Academy product made their club debut yesterday - Connor Wynne has explained his delight at pulling on the Black & White jersey for the first time in @SuperLeague!— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) April 8, 2019
POST-MATCH ➡️ https://t.co/ha4vn3QPNp pic.twitter.com/6KRCQwYUb8
The second match of the series will be played at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road stadium on Saturday May 18 as part of the Betfred Championship Summer Bash weekend, with the series concluding at Odsal on June 15.
Luke Robinson will coach the Yorkshire team, with Ian Talbot coaching Lancashire.
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The RFL hope to confirm soon that live coverage of all three matches will be available on the Our League app.