Paul Crarey seeks British 'Origin' rugby league series

Former Barrow head coach Paul Crarey says a tournament based on the popular State of Origin series in Australia could be beneficial to rugby league.

The idea would bring together the three heartlands of the sport in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire during the regular season.

"If we can all come together and have a mid-season origin series that would be great," Crarey told BBC Look North.

"We're all wanting games of a high calibre, it would be a good spectacle."

The National Rugby League schedules a State of Origin series between Queensland and New South Wales every season, with a best of three drawing from players who started their careers in either region, and are eligible for Australia.

Meanwhile, Crarey coached the Cumbria representative side to a plucky 26-12 defeat by England Knights on Saturday, with Kieron Purtill's side stepping in at short notice following Samoa's cancelled tour.

"It was an outstanding performance, we've had three sessions together, and our squad was whittled down to 18 from 24 through no fault of our own," he said.

"Our preparation was probably for Samoa not the Knights, but at short notice we reacted well."

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