Thunder captains to take NE Origin helms

Thunder captains to take NE Origin helms

21st August 2017

Newcastle Thunder’s Joe Brown and Rhys Clarke will find themselves on opposing sides this autumn, when the two co-captains take command of the North East Origin sides for the 2017 series.

Taking place again at the Kingston Park Stadium home of Newcastle Thunder, the Origin fixtures will be played on November 3, November 10 and December 1 with all matches a 19:30 kick off.

Launched in 2015 as a one of match before evolving into a three game series last year, North East Origin aims to settle the age old debate which has torn families, friends and relationships apart, which side of the river Tyne is best to hail from.

With players drawn from local rugby league clubs and lining up for the team from the bank where their first ever club lies, North East Origin offers an additional opportunity for the rugby league family to gather and enjoy games during the winter.

After the inaugural fixture ended in an honourable draw, 2016 saw the North of Tyne side seal bragging rights with a 2-1 series win under the guidance of Keith Christie, with Clarke determined to redress the balance in favour of the South.

The South of Tyne coach said: “We’re out for revenge from last year and we’re going to be digging deep to get it.

“My strategy is to recruit a top team of players and employ a performance related pay scale.  If you average between seven and 10 points at the end, you get two drinks, five or six and it’s a half and if it’s under five,  you’re buying for everyone else!

“Seriously though it’s about going out and having fun, even if the odds are stacked against us with all the games being played North of the river. I’ve got something up my sleeve though and we’ll be taking the title!”

Joe Brown was equally bullish about his chances of again guiding the North to victory. “We’re all about actions and carrying momentum over from last year.”

The London born Jamaican international added “North lads are naturally tougher than Southern softies and I’ll be looking for players with plenty of experience to go with my wealth of international knowledge.

“I’ve got the best clubs in the North East to choose from, including both of this year’s grand finalists and I’m going to assemble a superior coaching team.  This is in the bag!” 

The coaches will be on the lookout for the top North East players to take part in the event with training times to be confirmed shortly 

Thunder captains to take NE Origin helms