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The Rugby League The War Of The Roses

The Rugby League The War Of The Roses


A Brief History Of The Rugby League The War Of The Roses

The War of Roses is a conflict between Yorkshire and Lancashire that has stretched back as far as the late 15th century. In Rugby terms though, the tournament began when the Rugby League clubs in the two counties were part of the Rugby Football Union. The clash was considered the most prestigious and colourful inter-county clash and drew large audiences.

When the Northern Union was formed, and the former Union clubs turned to become Rugby League clubs, the tournament also went to League.

Since 1895 there have been 86 War of Roses clashes with both Lancashire and Yorkshire winning 42 times a piece. (two matches were drawn) The tournament had a brief death between 1989 and 2001 due to the success of Yorkshire in the 80's but has been recently re-introduced to as a method of improving the standard of British Rugby League to help the national side. As well as to add another major event to the annual League calendar.

Teams still play for the Rose Bowl , and now since 2001 top players are presented the Roy Powell Medalion. The tournament is now also called 'County of Origin' or 'The Origin Series' but to most fans is still recognised as the 'War of Roses'.

English rugby league's County of Origin match did not take place in 2004 the governing body the Rugby Football League decided to drop the Yorkshire v Lancashire clash. Club support for the fixture was lukewarm, and teams were reluctant to release their stars. The RFL decided to act to reduce the commitments of elite players.
Previous Winners Of The Rugby League The War Of The Roses

Year
2003
2002
2002
2001
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1977
1975
1974
1974
1973
1972
1971
1971
1971
1969
1968
1968
1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1959
1958
1958
1957
1956
1955
1954
1953
1953
1951
1950
1949
1949
1947
1946
1945
Venue
Bradford
Leeds
Wigan
Leeds
Wigan
Leeds
Wigan
Leeds
Wigan
Leigh
Castleford
Widnes
Castleford
Widnes
Castleford
Widnes
Wigan
Keighley
Widnes
Widnes
Castleford
Castleford
Leigh
Castleford
Salford
Hull
Widnes
Leeds
Swinton
Hull
St Helens
Wakefield
Leigh
Wakefield
Leigh
Hull
Leigh
Widnes
Hull
Oldham
Bradford
Hull
Leigh
Leigh
Huddersfield
Warrington
Halifax
Wigan
Hunslet
Swinton
Winners
Yorkshire 56-6
Lancashire 36-28
Lancashire 22 -18
Lancashire 36-24
Yorkshire 56-12
Yorkshire 24-14
Yorkshire 16-10
Yorkshire 26-14
Lancashire 26-10
Yorkshire 22-21
Yorkshire 21-15
Lancashire 17-9
Yorkshire 19-16
Lancashire 23-7
Yorkshire 18-13
Lancashire 33-8
Yorkshire 17-7
Yorkshire 20-14
Lancashire 29-11
Lancashire 17-15
Yorkshire 32-18
Yorkshire 34-8
Yorkshire 42-22
Yorkshire 32-12
Lancashire 14-12
Yorkshire 10-5
Lancashire 23-17
Lancashire 22-17
Yorkshire 16-13
Yorkshire 33-10
Lancashire 45-20
Yorkshire 22-8
Lancashire 14-12
Lancashire 21-20
Yorkshire 38-28
Yorkshire 35-19
Yorkshire 16-15
Yorkshire 25-11
Lancashire 35-21
Lancashire 26-10
Yorkshire 20-10
Yorkshire 16-8
Lancashire 18-10
Yorkshire 15-5
Yorkshire 23-15
Lancashire 22-13
Lancashire 12-3
Lancashire 22-10
Yorkshire 13-10
Lancashire 17-16
1939/1946 Football suspended due to World War Two
1938
1938
1936
1935
1935
1933
1932
1931
1930
1930
1928
1927
1926
1925
1924
1923
1922
1921
1920
1919
Rochdale
Leeds
Castleford
Widnes
Leeds
Oldham
Wakefield
Warrington
Wakefield
Rochdale
Halifax
Warrington
Wakefield
St Helens
Halifax
Oldham
Hull
Rochdale
Hull
Broughton
Lancashire 10-9
Drawn (Abn 70min-Torrential Rain) 10-10
Lancashire 28-6
Lancashire 16-5
Drawn (Abn 44min-Fog) 5-5
Yorkshire 15-12
Yorkshire 30-3
Lancashire 11-8
Yorkshire 25-15
Lancashire 18-3
Lancashire 33-10
Lancashire 35-19
Lancashire 18-13
Lancashire 26-10
Lancashire 28-9
Lancashire 6-5
Drawn 11-11
Yorkshire 5-2
Yorkshire 18-3
Lancashire 15-5
1915/1920 Football suspended due to World War One
1913
1912
1912
1910
1909
1908
1907
1906
1905
1904
1903
1902
1902
1900
1899
1898
1897
1896
1895
Huddersfield
Oldham
Halifax
Wigan
Hull
Salford
Halifax
Salford
Hull
Oldham
Leeds
Hull
Salford
Rochdale
Halifax
Salford
Oldham
Huddersfield
Oldham
Yorkshire 19-11
Yorkshire 20-8
Lancashire 13-12
Lancashire 17-3
Yorkshire 27-14
Lancashire 13-0
Yorkshire 15-11
Lancashire 19-0
Lancashire 8-0
Yorkshire 14-5
Lancashire 8-0
Yorkshire 13-8
Lancashire 13-0
Lancashire 24-5
Lancashire 16-13
Yorkshire 20-9
Lancashire 7-3
Lancashire 8-3
Yorkshire 8-0