Squads named for North v South U16 game at Headingley

On Sunday afternoon, Headingley will host the last North v South game of the season as part of a double header with the Betfred Super League Women’s game between Leeds and York.

The North v South Player Development Series returned this summer for the first time in eight years.  Sunday’s Origin game will involve sides consisting of players from either North or South of the River Aire, who will reignite an age old rivalry in the city.

The series is for players not connected to a professional club scholarship or academy who are looking to take their next steps towards furthering their Rugby League careers.

The players involved have been working with community coaches on a six-week player development programme, where they have been able to continue their development and express their skills in a competitive and challenging player environment.  They then may be offered further pathway opportunities in the Leeds Rhinos Academy and the Leeds Rhinos Development Academy, run in conjunction with Leeds City College.

Local community coaches are also given the chance to improve their coaching practices and gain wider experience working in a player development environment.

It is the first time that a ‘North vs South’ fixture has taken place in the city since 2014, when players such as Jack Broadbent and Muizz Mustapha played in the fixtures.

The Teams are:

North Under 16s

Number Player Community Club
1 Kieron Lowry Farnley Falcons
2 Joe Priestley Keighley Albion
3 Ben Brock Stanningley
4 Sam Dunn Guiseley Rangers
5 Aaron Leckenby
6 Rhys Gath Milford Marlins
7 Jack Burn Stanningley
8 Harley Walker Stanningley
9 Sam Wild Keighley Albian
10 James Surtees Shaw Cross
11 Bailey O’Donnell Stanningley
12 Oliver Smart Siddal
13 Spencer Rae Bramley
14 Mason-Lee Briant Driglington
15 George Bayfield Guiseley Rangers
16 David Benson East Leeds
 17 Zak Ward Guiseley Rangers

South Under-16s

Number Player Community Club
1 Oscar Rushforth Thornhill Trojans
2 McKenzie Rose Oulton Raiders
3 Preston Campbell – Quinn Hunslet Warriors
4 Will Livett Hunslet Club Parkside
5 Jake Reed Hunslet Warriors
6 Taylor Stephenson Oulton Raiders
7 Brad Pepper Hunslet Warriors
8 Niall Preece
9 Riley Mawson Hunslet Warriors
10 Harvey Roberts Thornhill Trojans
11 Kian Oats Oulton Raiders
12 Coby Handforth – Milloy Hunslet Warriors
13 Liam Precious Oulton Raiders
14 Jake Pepper Hunslet Warriors
15 Charlie Lee Hunslet Warriors
16 Ethan Holdsworth Hunslet Warriors
17 Calvin Camish Oulton Raiders
18 Jacob Griffen Oulton Raiders
19 Alfie Howley Thornhill Trojans
20. Ellis Thompson East Leeds