Lancashire County Up & Running.

Leigh East's Ledgard Avenue was the venue for the launch of Lancashire's triple bid for Tri-Series County Championship titles.

The Red Rose County has enjoyed success at Under-17, Under-19 and Open Age level over the last six years of chair Phil Johnson's stewardship, but never all in one season.

Hopes are high that Lancashire can fly high across all age groups this term.

The Under-17s are led by Kevin Johnson, Dave Yates and Peter Eccles with the Under-19s under the charge of Alan Coleman and Thomas Wood; Paul Wingfield heads up the Open Age side alongside Director of Rugby Richard Owen and assistant Lee Rowley. With squads already selected for the young age group, it gave these developing players the chance to rub shoulders with some of the best amateur players in the country before every one was put through their paces.

Lancashire are pushing the boundaries and have big plans for the future involving the district leagues. The committee was delighted to see representatives of these make their way to the event which saw Chairman Phil Johnson thank them and all clubs for their co-operation and welcome new sponsors onboard. Wigan hooker Michael McIllorum was a guest assisting in a presentation of polo shirts to the Under-17s squad.

In total 86 players took part in the trials, representing 36 different clubs. This number included 48 at Open Age level, a complete turnaround from the first session ahead of the 2015 Tri-Series County Championship.





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