Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Pauli Pauli tipped to provide X-Factor for Wakefield Trinity’s attacking intentions

Wakefield Trinity believe Pauli Pauli will bring the “X-Factor” to their play in 2018 after completing the exciting NRL forward’s signing.

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NO WAY THROUGH: England's Rangi Chase finds his route blocked by Australia during the 2011 Four Nations final at Elland Road

Elland Road set to host England-New Zealand finale in 2018

INTERNATIONAL rugby league will return to Elland Road for the first time in seven years when England face New Zealand there in 2018.

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Richard Beck

Beck targets consistency from Yorkshire Carnegie in order to compete

AS MUCH as he relished going toe-to-toe with an All Black for 80 minutes, Yorkshire Carnegie’s Richard Beck knows his side need to be far more competitive if they are to hold their own in the Championship.

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My call: Joe Launchbury was in charge of line-out calls for England for the first time on Saturday. (Picture: Paul Harding/PA)

Joe Launchbury happy to stand up and be counted for England

A SURFEIT of stellar locks in England’s ranks means Joe Launchbury is continually having to add strings to his bow. And that is not a problem at all.

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Danny Care crosses for England's fourth try (Picture: PA)

Verdict - England 30 Australia 6: ‘Finisher’ Care puts gloss on England’s triumph

CAN someone be named man of the match after playing just eight minutes?

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England captain Dylan Hartley (centre) celebrates with the Cook Cup.

‘Brilliant’ communicator Hartley is on track for World Cup captaincy

HEAD COACH Eddie Jones has dropped his biggest hint yet that Dylan Hartley could remain England’s captain for the 2019 World Cup given he is “surfing at the top of the crest” with his improving standard in the role.

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England head coach Eddie Jones (Picture: Paul Harding/PA Wire).

England’s Lions ‘still not fit’, says Jones

HEAD COACH Eddie Jones says his England side are only going to get better as their British Lions players are not fit yet.

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England's Sam Underhill in action against Australia at Twickenham. Picture: Nigel French/PA

England 30 Australia 6: Late rally adds gloss to battling Twickenham victory for hosts

ENGLAND maintained their dominance over Australia after digging out a hard-earned but controversial win in filthy conditions at Twickenham this afternoon.

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Stanley Gene.

Weekend Interview: King Gene delights in Papua New Guinea success story

THERE was a time not long ago when Stanley Gene worried any semblance of professional rugby league in his beloved Papua New Guinea could die out completely.

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England's Anthony Watson scores a try.

England v Australia: Watson gets chance to impress in full-back role with England

WILL GREENWOOD is intrigued to see if Anthony Watson genuinely has what it takes to prove he can rival Mike Brown as England’s leading full-back.

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Yorkshire Carnegie captain 
Richard Mayhew . Picture: Steve Riding.

Yorkshire Carnegie v Bristol: Mayhew strives to find weakness in leaders’ defences

REALISTIC Yorkshire Carnegie captain Richard Mayhew knows his side must vastly improve if they are to have any chance of springing a surprise defeat on unbeaten Championship leaders Bristol tonight.

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James Segeyaro.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

World Cup: Segeyaro leaves door open for possible return to Leeds Rhinos

PAPUA NEW GUINEA hooker James Segeyaro has revealed he would contemplate a return to Leeds Rhinos – despite walking out on them in controversial circumstances last year.

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Jermaine McGillvary scores against France in the World Cup group stage (Picture: Daniel Carson/

Jermaine McGillvary revelling in World Cup battle

Jermaine McGillvary has applauded England colleague Kevin Brown’s international renaissance and revealed the stand-off was crucial during his own development at Huddersfield Giants.

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Geoff Toovey

Bradford Bulls head coach Geoff Toovey ends speculation over future

AFTER weeks of speculation, Bradford Bulls head coach Geoff Toovey has confirmed he will not be returning to the club in 2018.

Captain Kevin Sinfield holds the World Club Challenge trophy after Leeds Rhinos victory against Manly Sea Eagles in 2012 (Picture: Steve Riding).

Leeds Rhinos are going to Melbourne to tackle Storm

Leeds Rhinos’ chief executive Gary Hetherington says winning the World Club Challenge in Melbourne would represent the club’s greatest feat after a deal was finally struck to continue the competition in 2018.

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Englands Luke Gale collides with the referee during the World Cup Pool A victory over France at the Perth Rectangular Stadium (Picture: NRL Imagery).

England win poses questions over team spine for rest of World Cup

IS IT too late for Wayne Bennett to rip up his World Cup selection plans and start all over?

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Scott Taylor. Picture: Daniel Carson/

England v France: Hull’s Taylor is relishing chance to impress at World Cup

HAVING waited more than three weeks to get his first taste of World Cup action, Hull FC prop Scott Taylor knows he must now grab his rare opportunity with Wayne Bennett’s England.

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England's Henry Slade.

England v Argentina: England return to Twickenham with Slade centre of attention

WHERE once the Autumn Internationals were akin to a mini-World Cup, bringing eager anticipation and genuine excitement, this year’s schedule must leave some wondering whether it is all much ado about nothing.

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John Kear.

Kear hoping Wales can leave Australia on high with Irish win

HIS outclassed Wales side have conceded a staggering 122 points in just their opening two World Cup games but head coach John Kear maintains his side can finish with some “honour” against Ireland.

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Mike Myerscough

Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie: Myerscough says Ealing will be targeting revenge

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE lock Mike Myerscough expects in-form Ealing Trailfinders to be seeking revenge today.

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