15th October 2019, 15:38 | university

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 30th 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 at Loughborough University on Saturday 1st February 2020,  leading to the final England squad being selected.

"Its 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 also undertake their roles next year as well and I am really looking forward to working with them all to help us pick the right players both this year and in 2021 as we challenge for the Student Rugby league World Cup."

Full details of the regional trials will be announced shortly, but will take place the weekend of 2nd / 3rd November. All students who wish to trial need to register their interest by clicking to:


The coaching and management teams for the regions are as follows:

North East:
Adam Houston (Head Coach)
Graham Neighbour (Assistant Coach)

Liam Jackson (Team Manager / Assistant Coach)

Dan Hardy (Head Coach)
Danny Lee (Assistant Coach)
Matt Airey (Team Manager / Assistant Coach)

North West:
Alex Davidson (Head Coach)
Paul Halcrow (Assistant Coach)
John Goulding (Team Manager / Assistant Coach)

Mark Sloan (Coach)
Martyn Rothwell (Coach)
Ryan Cousins (Team Manager)

South East:
John Isaacs (Head Coach)
Dan Roberts (Assistant Coach)
Liam Burnett (Team Manager)

South West:
Ben Whincup (Head Coach)
Matthew Bodey (Assistant Coach)
Chris Chatten (Team Manager)