Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Bainbridge keen to build on Yorkshire Carnegie milestone

Josh Bainbridge hopes his 50th appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie will be the first of many milestones with the club.

Rugby union

Former Leeds Rhino star Smith hoping to bring good times back for Bradford Bulls

IT IS fair to say ex-England winger Lee Smith never envisaged by the age of 31 he would be training two nights per week or be captain of Bradford Bulls.

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Josh Bainbridge  of Carnegie goes past Ellis Shipp of Dragons Premiership Select.

Milestone beckons for Yorkshire Carnegie flanker Josh Bainbridge

TALENTED Josh Bainbridge hopes his 50th appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie will be the first of many milestones with the club.

Rugby union

Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic: Richie Wellens guaranteed warm Keepmoat welcome

DONCASTER Rovers assistant boss Gavin Strachan is not surprised in the slightest club legend Richie Wellens has adapted so well to life in management.

Doncaster Rovers
SEPARATE WAYS: Wakefield's former director of rugby John Kear, left, has taken over as head coach at Bradford Bulls, to the surprise of Trinity head coach Chris Chester.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Exit of John Kear could free up funds for Wakefield Trinity to strengthen squad

WAKEFIELD Trinity head coach Chris Chester will not be rushed into finding a replacement for head of rugby John Kear – and might even put the funds towards strengthening his actual playing squad.

Wakefield Trinity

Doncaster Rovers’ May curious to see how Christmas Day training feels

AROUND this time last year, Doncaster Rovers striker Alfie May was enjoying “delightful” builder’s breakfasts and climbing ladders while with non-league Hythe Town.

Doncaster Rovers
Disgraced England star Zak Hardaker in action for Castleford Tigers. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Castleford Tigers open dialogue with Hardaker as disgraced England star awaits cocaine judgement

CASTLEFORD TIGERS head coach Daryl Powell has revealed he is in talks with Zak Hardaker over whether the disgraced full-back still has a future with the League Leaders’ Shield winners.

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Bradford Bulls's club captain, Lee Smith, with the new head coach, John Kear.

Bullish Kear is ready to rebuild fallen Bradford

NEVER let it be said John Kear does not like a challenge.

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ASSURED: Jack Walker releases the ball as Luke Gale challenges in this year's Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Jack Walker set on making himself a regular for Leeds Rhinos

TEENAGE prodigy Jack Walker wants to cement himself a place with Leeds Rhinos in 2018 – and knows Ashton Golding will challenge him all the way.

Leeds Rhinos
GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

I get why some people like to see Michael Bublé or The Pogues or someone suitably festive around this time of year.

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Mickey Paea playing for Hull FC.

No regrets for Mickey Paea despite missing Hull FC’s back-to-back Wembley success

IT WOULD be easy for Mickey Paea to wish he had never left Hull FC.

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Tom Briscoe.

‘My best is yet to come’ says Leeds Rhinos’ Tom Briscoe

TOM BRISCOE believes Leeds Rhinos are still yet to see the best of him and he is now mentally stronger in readiness for 2018.

Leeds Rhinos

VIDEO - Weekend Interview: Legend Wally Lewis back on familiar territory in Yorkshire

WITHIN moments of entering Headingley Stadium, the memories of his time there swiftly roll back.

Wakefield Trinity

VIDEO - Flashback: Wally Lewis recalls Australia’s 1986 ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ night against GB

WALLY LEWIS says Australia’s third Test win over Great Britain in 1986 was their “escape from Alcatraz” after some late-night drinking almost scuppered their feats.

Wakefield Trinity
Will Owen.

Former Rotherham captain Owen relishing chance to lead Doncaster in Cup outings

He is still only 24 but Will Owen will follow up captaining Rotherham Titans by leading their South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Knights today.

Rugby union
Tigers Jake Trueman.

‘Incredible’ offer tempts Castleford Tigers’ to cash in on Luis Johnson

CASTLEFORD TIGERS have accepted an “incredible” £45,000 bid from Warrington Wolves for England Academy second-row Luis Johnson – but secured rising star Jake Trueman to a long-term deal at Wheldon Road.

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Ben Roberts.

Castleford Tigers’ boss Powell backs Benny Roberts to fill Zak Hardaker’s boots in 2018

IT MAY be a positional switch enforced on both, but Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell believes Benny Roberts’s return to full-back in 2018 could be something to behold during the new season.

Castleford Tigers
Luke Gale in action during the Rugby League World Cup final between Australia and England. Picture: Tertius Pickard/

Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale will only get better – Daryl Powell

DARYL POWELL has backed Castleford Tigers’ Man of Steel Luke Gale to “grow” as an England player.

Castleford Tigers
Leeds Rhinos' 6ft 5ins forward Jack Ormondroyd is hoping to make a big impression during the close season. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Leeds Rhinos: Settled Jack Ormondroyd’s aiming to hit the ground running

SUPER LEAGUE rookie Jack Ormondroyd believes he will be better prepared for Leeds Rhinos’ next campaign in 2018.

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James Clare

Winger James Clare happy as he rejoins Castleford Tigers on a one-year deal

THERE will be few more popular deals confirmed this off-season than the return of winger James Clare to Super League side Castleford Tigers.

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