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The York Nines tournament, which involved clubs from the English Summer Conference, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and France, is set to become an annual tournament after the strong success it had during the Golden Jubilee celebrations in the city.
The concept, which was thought up by Lionel Hurst, the instigator of the Summer Conference, and former London Broncos CEO, looks to be expanded and held regularly at different venues around the United Kingdom and France. The theory behind it is to provide a regular tournament for amateur clubs in the region to strive for.
Rugby League in the United Kingdom in the past five years has taken massive strides since the game took more of an approach to the amateur level game. Today it is the fastest growing sport in the nation, and the only code of football with positive playing number growth.
This years tournament was won by the London KooGas which was a combined team from the best Summer Conference sides in London.