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Symons named in the South training squad for University Rugby League Origin game

December 17, 2021

Cornwall RLFC’s first Cornish recruit Henry Symons has been named in the South training squad, for the upcoming sixth annual University Rugby League Origin game.

Symons, 21, who joined the club earlier this week, as we build our squad for the 2022 Betfred League One season, has already gained University honours playing inter-regional games this year.

Representing the University of Gloucestershire, Symons caught the eye in matches that took place last month and he forms part of a 30-man South squad named by head coach Richard Tate. The clash against the North will take place on Sunday, February 6 at Loughborough University.

The Origin game was instituted in 2016 and has been played annually to determine the final selection for the England Universities squad and is always fiercely contested, despite the North having won all five previous encounters.

Owing to the global pandemic, the Origin game did not take place in 2021 and Tate is very much looking forward to its return.

“The pandemic has meant that players have missed out on the representative programme, so it’s great to be back,” he said. “Myself and the rest of the staff have been itching to get back at it since we had to the England programme on hold in early 2020. The players have told me that they missed not being able to play at University. They have also missed out on the opportunity to perform in the representative programme and be part of all the heritage that the England Universities programme has.”

The North squad is selected from players who played for the North East, Yorkshire and North West teams in the regional games, with the South coming from players at University in the Midlands, South East and South West.

Both squads will be reduced to 20 ahead of the Origin game with a final squad of 26 being selected for the England programme which commences in March.  A total of 27 Universities are represented across the squads, demonstrating the truly national appeal of the University game.