Xiros was thrilled to sponsor the Yorkshire Universities Rugby League team match against the Midlands Universities Team at Sheffield Hallam Sports Park on Saturday 2nd December, with Yorkshire winning a fantastic 36-10.
The RFL (Rugby League’s governing body) arranged a series of regional, representative contests in December 2017, to pit the best university rugby league players against each other in a bid to find players to represent the England Universities team in 2018 in their ‘Origin Series’. The regional games were Yorkshire vs Midlands, North East vs North West and South East vs South West. To be eligible, all players had to be students at a university in the region that they represented.
The trials held in October 2017 saw 50 student players that study in the region, from the University of Leeds, Leeds Becket University, Leeds Trinity University, Hull University, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Bradford University competing for a place on the team. 20 players were then selected for the training programme in the weeks leading up to the game (all sessions taking place early on frosty Sunday mornings!). As much as possible was packed into the sessions to bond the team ready for the match; the effort paid off as reflected in the terrific result on the day!
Xiros’ John Sharp was pleased to be selected back in September to be the Team Manager and Assistant Coach of the Yorkshire team, and alongside two other coaches was tasked with finding 20 players to take on the Midlands.
Upon Yorkshire’s win John said:
“I was delighted when Xiros’ chairman, Bahaa Seedhom, sponsored the Yorkshire team’s training vests (pictured). The players were grateful to have a memento from their involvement in this prestigious event. It’s great for Xiros to put their name to such a great team! I got to coach and manage some elite players, many of whom play semi-professionally, and I will take this experience forward into my future coaching roles. Thanks again to Xiros for their sponsorship and giving my involvement an added boost”.
You can enjoy highlights of the match here: goo.gl/GYoxX3