Academy duo selected for Origin Series

Academy duo selected for Origin Series

11th April 2019

Widnes Vikings will be represented at the upcoming Academy Origin Series, with Billy Glover claiming a spot in the Lancashire squad and Academy Head Coach Grant Gore forming part of the coaching staff.

Glover is a Wales U16s and U19s international and has featured in all four of the Vikings U19s fixtures this season, including back-to-back victories over Bradford Bulls and City of Hull Academy.

The 18-year-old centre will be part of the 20-man Lancashire squad and will be joined by his head coach Gore, who will form part of the coaching staff alongside Ian Talbot and Shane Eccles.

The former Vikings first team member is in his second season as the club’s U19s head coach, having narrowly missed out on the play-offs last year.

On Billy Glover’s inclusion, Grant Gore said: “Billy has made an impressive start to the 2019 season and is well deserving of his place in the Lancashire squad. He was one of the most improved players throughout pre-season and was rewarded with starts to all four of our games so far this season.

“He is a skilful player, with good footwork and speed which helps him beat defenders, but his major development so far has been in his defence. His understanding and positional awareness when defending a shift has been much improved along with his 1v1 contact and wrestle. It will be great to see Billy test himself against the best players in his age group.

“Having represented Wales at Under 16’s and Under 19’s level already, he has a good familiarity of representative rugby, which has provided him with the experience of playing with a different group of lads and having to adapt to different systems quickly and successfully.”

The Vikings U19s Head Coach also commented on his selection as part of the coaching staff: “I’m looking forward to the experience of the Origin series. It’s great to be asked to be part of the coaching staff and is something I set as a target when the Origin format began last year. This has come a bit earlier than I thought it might do but it’s good to be part of the set-up in only my second year as an Academy Head Coach.

“It’ll be good to improve my knowledge of the game working alongside different coaches with different ideas. Having only worked at Widnes, I’ll be a little bit out of my comfort zone but it’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to. As a young coach I’m eager to discover various methods that I can implement in to my coaching style and this is something I’ll be looking to take from this experience.”

Lancashire kick-off their three-game Origin Series against Yorkshire in Castleford on Easter Saturday, before heading to the Summer Bash in Blackpool for game two, concluding at Odsal in June.


Academy duo selected for Origin Series