@HFC_NEWS are behind an ongoing twitter campaign to bring #WarOfTheRoses to the attention of the RFL. The series seeing ancient rivals, Yorkshire and Lancashire, go head to head in a 3 game series similar to State of Origin, has been absent from the British game since 2003. In the past, in all honesty the series appeared to be a flop drawing mediocre crowds and poor performances on the pitch leading to its eventual abandonment. But, the game has dramatically changed compared to what it was 11 years ago. With more talent on the pitch, bigger crowds, more investment and more television coverage than ever before, the idea is surely worth a second chance. The current mid-season England vs Exiles match lacks intensity and entertainment on a regular basis, and in a twitter pole conducted by @HFC_NEWS, 100% of people asked wanted to see the return of The War of the Roses series instead.
Format and rules regarding eligibility to play for the regions would have to be decided by the governing body, but following in the footsteps of State of Origin, you cam play for the county you were born in or in the county that you played in first at academy level.The list of Stadia capable of hosting the event would be huge; KC Stadium, Reebok Arena, Elland Road, John Smith Stadium and the Ethihad are just a few names to throw into the hat.
The idea has its downfall, as does any competition, but there are far more positives than negatives. The RFL need to stand up and listen to the fans for once and this is a great place to start. There is huge support across the social media spectrum, not just from the supporters and various club fan pages, but players alike, including Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker and Huddersfield Giant's forward Brett Ferres who are just a few to voice their support for the idea.
So, it's time to revive the ancient rivalry, time for Red Hall to stand up and listen to the fans and bring back The War of the Roses! Let's get some recognition and sign the petition!