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Heworth and New Earswick All Blacks to meet in a friendly ahead of unity plan
HEWORTH ARLC and New Earswick All Blacks are to meet in a friendly on Tuesday night – amid plans for the clubs to work together more.
All Blacks are gearing up for their Pennine League winter season under new player-boss Jack Stearman, while Tim Rumford’s Heworth outfit can fit a game in as they face a free week in their National Conference League campaign as it’s Challenge Cup weekend.
Perhaps of more significance, though, is talks between the neighbouring clubs to swap players between the respective winter and summer seasons – not unlike York Lokomotive used to do when they were the city’s only summer team.
Stearman reckons a partnership could be good for rugby league in York.
“We have players committed to New Earswick but if they want to play summer rugby they could feasibly play for Heworth outside of our season, and vice versa” he said.
“It’s about developing rugby league as a whole in York and getting players playing as best they can.
“Tim believes in that as well. We might get a couple of their players if they want to keep playing over winter and they could get some of ours.”
All Blacks will have no second team this coming season, so team places are more limited, and Stearman was aware it might be difficult to keep squad men happy if they are not getting a game, especially if a Heworth player got the nod ahead of them.
Rumford would also face the same dilemma if he has All Blacks players taking a Heworth shirt.
“We’ve had 25 down at training consistently and not all of them can play. We understand that,” said Stearman.
“But they’ve bought into the philosophy that we’re here to win games and we need to win games for the club to go forward.
“I’ll need to pick my strongest 17. But it’s a long, tough season, and if we get into December or January we might lose one or two so we need as many good players as we can get.”
Rumford was of the same thinking.
“We’re trying to help New Earswick out a bit not just with this friendly but by creating a link between the clubs, and they can help us out in our season, so it will hopefully be of mutual benefit,” he said.
“It makes sense to work together.”
Tuesday’s friendly is at White Rose Avenue, kick off 7pm.
Heworth are likely to field a mixture of first-teamers and ‘A’ team players.
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