Super League’s Lancashire vs. Yorkshire State of Origin Revival

Rugby League’s State of Origin: Reimagining a Lancashire vs. Yorkshire Clash in Super League

With the NRL’s State of Origin series kicking off next week, rugby league enthusiasts can’t help but wonder – what if Super League had its own version of this iconic event? Historically, there have been discussions around resurrecting the “War of the Roses” rivalry between Yorkshire and Lancashire, which previously existed as the County of Origin series from 2001 to 2003.

Considering the century-long history and the tied record of 44 wins each, the return of this fixture would certainly ignite the passions of loyal Super League fans. In the hypothetical scenario of such a State of Origin-style event in the English top flight, we’ve assembled an impressive starting 13 for the Lancashire side.


Jack Welsby (St Helens)
Welsby has emerged as one of the brightest stars in Super League, with his performances for the dominant St Helens side establishing him as potentially the best fullback in the world. Despite a slightly more human showing in 2024 so far, he remains one of the league’s top try-scorers and a constant threat.


Oli Gildart (Hull KR) and Mark Percival (St Helens)
This would be a formidable pairing in the centres, with Percival’s decade-long excellence at St Helens complemented by the dynamic Gildart, who has proven himself as one of the best outside backs in the competition.


Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) and Adam Swift (Huddersfield Giants)
The current top two try-scorers in Super League, Marshall and Swift would provide a lethal scoring touch on the flanks. Marshall’s impressive try-scoring record with Wigan and Swift’s resurgence with the Giants make them the obvious choices.


Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors) and George Williams (Warrington Wolves)
With the inclusion of England captain George Williams and the in-form Harry Smith, Lancashire would boast one of the most dynamic halves pairings in the league. Marc Sneyd could also have been a contender, but this duo’s quality is undeniable.

Front Row

Luke Thompson (Wigan Warriors), Andy Ackers (Leeds Rhinos) and Matty Lees (St Helens)
A powerful front row featuring the versatile Thompson, the tireless Ackers, and the dominant Lees would provide the platform for Lancashire’s attack. Their collective experience and skill would be a formidable asset.

Back Row

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Matt Whitley (St Helens) and Morgan Knowles (St Helens)
Completing the Lancashire side, this back row unit would be a force to be reckoned with. Farrell’s leadership and work rate, combined with the dynamism of Whitley and Knowles, would ensure a strong defensive and ball-carrying presence.

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