Seven Wakefield Trinity PDRL players have been named in the Yorkshire squad for their upcoming Origin fixture against Lancashire.
Connor Lynes, Ben Nicholson, Callum Parkinson, Adam Fleming, Darren Dean, Alex Dickinson and John Humphries will make history on Sunday as they travel to Warrington’s Victoria Park to face off in the inaugural fixture.
This will be the first PDRL match played under the code’s new international rules. And in another first for the game following recent player classification sessions, PDRL will make its debut as a fully classified and internationally recognisable disability sport.
The Yorkshire squad features seven players from Trinity, another foundation the RFL has praised for been at the heart of the rapid rise of PDRL.
Speaking following the announcement, RFL Social and Inclusion Manager, Chris Godfrey, said, “Sunday is a landmark event for all of us in so many ways, players and administrators alike, and our thanks go to Warrington Wolves Foundation for being such dedicated and enthusiastic hosts.
“As well as being a special occasion, Sunday will be a learning curve for everybody involved in PDRL – a world-first for this variation of the game and its debut as a fully-classified and internationally recognisable disability sport.”
While England Community Lions PDRL Head Coach, Shaun Briscoe, followed, “This is a great opportunity to showcase physical disability Rugby League to a wider audience.
“And for the players, it’s another step up in their personal development and a chance to showcase their skills to the England Community Lions selectors.”
Mike Addison, Jamie Barnett, Tom Bayliss (all Warrington Wolves), Peter Clark (Leeds Rhinos), Wayne Cox, Adam Hills, Nathan Jezierski, Lewis Kennedy, Adam Morris (all Warrington Wolves), Steve Mort (Wigan Warriors), Stuart Ryder (Warrington Wolves), Ben Seward (Wigan Warriors), Tony Seward, Barry Whalley, Josh Whipday (all Warrington Wolves), Sam Zeller (Leeds Rhinos).
Mick Colborn (Castleford Tigers), Darren Dean, Alex Dickinson, Adam Fleming (all Wakefield Trinity), Scott Gobin (Leeds Rhinos), Mark Gummerson (Castleford Tigers), Nick Horner (Leeds Rhinos), John Humphries (Wakefield Trinity), Nick Kennedy (Castleford Tigers), Connor Lynes, Ben Nicholson, Callum Parkinson (all Wakefield Trinity), Tommy Pouncey, Harvey Redmonds, Tom Sheridan (all Leeds Rhinos), Kenan Wilkes (Castleford Tigers), Chris Young (Leeds Rhinos).