Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Jamie Ellis eager to make most of his second chance with Castleford Tigers

NEW Castleford Tigers signing Jamie Ellis admitted he fully expected to be playing for Hull KR again in 2018.

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Record scorer:  Tom Biggs.

Proud Tom Biggs left to rue missing England cap and cross-code switch to Hull FC

AS Tom Biggs looks back on a remarkable rugby career, just two slight regrets niggle away – never getting the England chance he deserved and seeing his dream move to Hull FC fall apart.

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Breaking through: Jermaine McGillvary, playing for Huddersfield against Hull this season, knows the World Cup may be his one and only chance to shine on the global stage. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

World Cup: England must be patient to prevail in Australia - McGillvary

Jermaine McGillvary admits England must learn to play Australia at their own game if they are ever going to win a World Cup – with patience being a key virtue.

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Prop Taylor happy to be flying the flag for Hull in Australia

THERE are some Hull FC fans who may still think Wayne Bennett should have taken one of the club’s other props to the World Cup rather than Scott Taylor.

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Ryan Hall.

Spotlight on Hall and McGillvary to perform in World Cup

RYAN HALL is England’s most prolific player, but he insisted he was still sweating on his World Cup spot “every day” this year.

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Castleford's players Greg Minikin, Zak Hardaker and Mike McMeeken,celebrate the League Leaders Shield.

Dave Craven – Super League 2017: Castleford Tigers’ year before McGuire pops up for grand finale

THE Super League Grand Final perfectly summed up the entire season: not a classic, by any stretch of the imagination.

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Carnegie's Andy Forsyth breaks clear of Jordan Burns with Dean Adamson of Bedford Blues (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Yorkshire trio seek respite in the cup of little cheer

THE start of the oft-maligned British & Irish Cup does not only mean a raft of youngsters and fringe players are about to get some long-awaited action.

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Andy Forsyth.

Forsyth leads generation game at youthful Yorkshire Carnegie

EX-LEICESTER Tigers centre Andy Forsyth hopes to lend his experience to a youthful Yorkshire Carnegie side as they start their British & Irish Cup campaign in Jersey tonight.

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New father: England's Alex Walmsley.

World Cup build-up: Alex Walmsley aims to make new son so proud

YOU would think the only downside for giant prop Alex Walmsley on his England World Cup call-up and potential international debut is leaving his new-born son for almost two months.

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Watkins aiming to hit new heights for England

AT THE age of 26, Kallum Watkins admits he has still yet to show his best in England colours, something the Leeds Rhinos star hopes to remedy in the weeks ahead.

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I think stats are proving there is a problem with drugs, concedes Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall

ENGLAND stars Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins both believe there is a problem with drugs in rugby league.

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Wayne Bennett, who believes the World Cup is shaping up to be a very competitive tournament' (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire).

England can’t wait to get started, says Bennett

England head coach Wayne Bennett says players have needed to “raise their game” in 2017 in order to secure places in his World Cup squad.

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Zak Hardaker faces a minimum two-year ban after testing positive for cocaine (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Hardaker’s career hangs in balance after RFL confirm Castleford Tiger full-back tested positive for cocaine

The career of Castleford Tigers full-back Zak Hardaker is in jeopardy after the England star tested positive for cocaine and was left facing a minimum two-year ban.

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Tiger Gale eager to put Grand Final loss in the past

Reflective Luke Gale realises he has to get over his Grand Final disappointment quickly if he is to make the most of a World Cup chance with England.

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Video: Burrow walks away from ‘invincible’ Leeds Rhinos as a champion

AS Leeds Rhinos fans chanted “We want Rob, we want Rob” midway through the second half of another stirring Grand Final, the subject of their affection was blissfully unaware of the 30,000 crying out for his appearance.

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Jack Walker on the attack.

Walker caps journey from Leeds Rhinos’ academy with dream Grand Final

ON ONLY his 12th senior appearance, Leeds Rhinos’ Jack Walker described the experience as “absolutely unbelievable” as he became the youngest player to win a Super League Grand Final.

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TURNAROUND: Leeds Rhinos' players celebrate their win at Old Trafford on Saturday. Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Delight for McDermott after Leeds Rhinos produce perfect ending to their comeback tale

LEEDS RHINOS’ head coach Brian McDermott said the club’s latest Grand Final victory was the “best story” yet out of any of his four title successes since taking over at the end of 2010.


The Verdict (video): Majestic McGuire destroys Castleford Tigers’ dreams to end Leeds Rhinos career on high

DANNY McGUIRE will wake this morning and surely feel like Danny, the Champion of the World, not just Super League.

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‘I thought about quitting’ admits Leeds Rhinos’ triumphant Stevie Ward

JUST seven days before completing all 80 minutes of Leeds Rhinos’ Grand Final win, a broken Stevie Ward contemplated quitting rugby league altogether as he lay in hospital in agony with his left shoulder hanging out of its socket.


Video: Shenton vows Castleford Tigers will bounce back after missed Grand Final opportunity

DEFLATED Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton feels the club might never “get a better opportunity of winning a Grand Final” after their Old Trafford shambles.

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