Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Jake Wardle wants to "repay" Huddersfield Giants during new two-year deal

Teenage Huddersfield Giants centre Jake Wardle has committed his future to the club through to the end of 2020.
Spreading the word: Jermaine McGillvary in training at the University of Denver. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

Jermaine McGillvary delighted to put RL on the map in the States

ENGLAND winger Jermaine McGillvary says players play for Wayne Bennett because he always puts complete “trust” in them.

Huddersfield Giants
Shaun Lunt has endured a stop-start season with Hull KR.

Hull KR’s Lunt making up for lost time afer double injury nightmare

FIT-AGAIN Hull KR captain Shaun Lunt has thanked his family for “copping” his bad moods following his latest spell on the sidelines.

Hull KR
Late call: Hull FC's Scott Taylor.

Gridiron fan Scott Taylor delighted with late England call

AS a bona fide Denver Broncos fan, Hull FC’s Scott Taylor had more reason than most to celebrate his late call-up for England.

Hull FC
Wakefield Trinity's Max Jowitt (Allan McKenzie/

Max Jowitt says: "I now want to cement my Wakefield Trinity place"

PROMISING full-back Max Jowitt has signed a new three-year deal with Wakefield Trinity.

Castleford Tigers' Jy Hitchcox, right, celebrates one of his four tries against Hull KR with team-mate Paul McShane.

Four-try Jy Hitchcox no complaints about Castleford Tigers' decision to let him go

IN-FORM Jy Hitchcox insists he is “fine” with Castleford Tigers not offering him a new deal.

WATCH: Castleford Tigers boss Powell happy to earn share after Hull KR hit back in style

WITH neither coach appearing for post-match press duties for a considerable time afterwards, you could forgive Daryl Powell and Tim Sheens if they had nestled together in the same darkened room following this epic.


WATCH - Castleford Tigers 24 Hull KR 24: Four-try Hitchcox still denied win by dogged Robins

JY HITCHCOX scored four tries for Castleford Tigers but still didn’t end up on the winning side as struggling Hull KR pulled off a crucial draw in remarkable circumstances.

Ian Lenegan (Wigan Warriors), Eammon McManus (St Helens), Robert Elstone (CEO Super League), Simon Moran (Warrington Wolves)

Dave Craven: Super League’s week of nonsense, more nonsense ... and a little extra nonsense

HAS everyone stopped squabbling? Unfortunately not, it was one of those rhetorical questions.

Rugby league

WATCH - Castleford Tigers v Hull KR: Welcome to the Trueman show ...

AT just 19, Castleford Tigers’ half-back Jake Trueman is starting to show a football maturity that belies his tender years.

Castleford Tigers

WATCH - Hull FC v Wigan: From Ovenden to England - streetwise Jake Connor targets Test debut

GIVEN where he grew up in a tough area of Halifax, Hull FC’s Jake Connor says it was almost inevitable he became the player he is today – one who loves to get under the skin of opponents

Hull FC

WATCH - Leeds Rhinos 22 St Helens 23: Battling Rhinos denied as Saints march on

NOW this is what everyone should be writing about.

Leeds Rhinos

VIDEO: Hull KR coach Tim Sheens calls for quick start against Castleford Tigers

HULL KR coach Tim Sheens has warned his side they can ill-afford another slow start against Castleford Tigers.

Hull KR

WATCH - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens: Pressure on as Hall and Rhinos eye winning run

IT HAS been some time since Ryan Hall last faced an audition for an England place.

Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants' Jordan Turner.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons: Picture clearer for Jordan Turner in new role

AFTER enjoying a “lightbulb” moment in-form Jordan Turner hopes Huddersfield Giants head coach Simon Woolford will now make his positional switch to stand-off a permanent move.

Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC's Fetuli Talanoa.

Talanoa has sights on Grand Final after new deal at Hull

Hull FC winger Fetuli Talanoa has targeted returning to fitness in time to fire their Old Trafford bid after agreeing a one-year contract extension with the club.

Hull FC

WATCH - Joel Tomkins convinced switch to Hull KR can revitalise career

JOEL TOMKINS believes he can recapture career-best form following his controversial move from Wigan Warriors to Hull KR.

Hull KR
Robert Elstone, right, was unveiled on Tuesday as Super League's new chief executive officer. Also present were Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenegan, left, and his St Helens counterpart Eammon McManus. PIC: Paul Currie/

Super League: New chief exec’ Elstone aims to reap greater broadcast rewards – and reduce promotion/relegation risks for all clubs

AMID the fall-out between certain club leaders, much of what Tuesday’s press conference was actually called for – to introduce new Super League chief executive Robert Elstone and hear his plans – was lost in the din.

Rugby league
Danny Kirmond.

Kirmond signs new deal at Wakefield Trinity and insists ‘I’m not ready to retire yet’

WAKEFIELD Trinity captain Danny Kirmond signed his new deal insisting: “I’m not ready to retire yet.”

Wakefield Trinity
The new BetFred Super League CEO Robert Elstone.

New Super League chief Elstone aims to turn RL dreams into reality

AS ROBERT Elstone begins his reign as Super League’s new chief executive, he admits watching Mal Reilly’s great Castleford side was an “inspiration” growing up – and he drove past their fierce rivals’ grounds to get to Wheldon Road.

Castleford Tigers
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