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Rugby league Origin coaches have pretty much made up their minds as to who the 19 names will be that make up each of the Lancaster and Morecambe squads at next Friday's KukriSports.com Origin game (12th August). The eagerly anticipated 1st match in the 2-game series kicks-off at Powderhouse Lane (Vale of Lune RUFC) at 6.00pm. The second game is a week later on 19th at Trimpell Sports and Social Club in Morecambe,again at 6.00pm.
Training for the Lancaster squad has progressed well at Rylands Park, with team-manager Rob Shaw talking about a real spirit in the camp. "There's a genuine buzz at training now. I don't know whether that's down to nerves or excitement. Probably a bit of both. Either way, people are chasing their jersey. Everyone wants a crack at Morecambe."
Two miles up the road the feeling was similar. But the pressure, it seems, is all on Morecambe, out to defend the trophy.
"This year it will be much more of a challenge." said Morecambe's Joe Pyrah. "Two matches means that even if we dominate in one, we won't necessarily win the series." Last year Morecambe, thanks to St Helens' Sean Weed, fought back to take the match in spectacular fashion over the final ten minutes - something Saints colleague and Great Britain squad member Ade Gardener described as "the best game of amateur rugby league I have ever seen".
Sean Weed took the "Man of the Match" award for his heroics
last year, and this year will see individual awards for the equivalent
at each game, as well as a "Man of the Series" award.
The Lebanese Rugby League Committee has announced the squad for this month's historic tour to Great Britain. The 19-man squad, drawn exclusively from the five-team domestic league, kicks off its tough nine-day campaign on 23 August in Lancaster against the England Lionhearts.
"The team is bonding very well. I'm happy with the selected squad,"
said head coach Remond Safi. "At this stage we're stronger in the
forwards, especially their combination with the halfbacks."