Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Weekend Interview: Sam Burgess - ‘Dad shaped us to be the men we are today’

BREAKING off from our interview to show me footage of his 13-month-old daughter Poppy saying the word ‘boinka’, Sam Burgess instantly renders my previous question redundant.

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Hull FC fans followed them to Australia for their historic tour. (Picture: David Neilson/

St George-Illawarra 24 Hull FC 18: Airlie Birds live up to promise and go down fighting in Australia

PROUD Hull FC came so close to ending their New South Wales tour with a famous win over NRL big guns St George Illawarra.

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Melbourne 38 Leeds 4: Rhinos are swept away by ruthless Storm

HOW is it that they can keep on doing this?

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Challenge for Leeds now is to learn the lessons of Melbourne

EVERYONE knew it was akin to Mission Impossible but, still, that did not mask Leeds Rhinos’ pain after a sobering 38-4 World Club Challenge loss to Melbourne Storm in Australia.

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Richard Agar in Illawara

St George Illawarra v Hull FC: Why is there a gap between us and NRL?

As a former Super League coach with Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity, now working for NRL club St George-Illawarra, Richard Agar is in a good position to offer a view on the differences between rugby league in England and Australia.

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Richard Agar making himself at home in Illawarra

St George Illawarra v Hull FC: Featherstone to NRL - Agar happy to embrace new challenges in life

EVERY day Richard Agar drives up to one of just five parking slots situated on the famous eastern hill at Wollongong WIN Stadium.

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WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia - Hull FC's Marc Sneyd (Picture: David Neilson/

St George Illawarra v Hull FC: Sneyd gets coaching session with legend Johns

AFTER a master-class with Kangaroos ‘Immortal’ Andrew Johns, Hull FC scrum-half Marc Sneyd has every reason to feel ready to take on the world.

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Hull FC's Jake Connor (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Hull FC Down Under: Connor career rocketing after following wise words from Radford

THERE was a phone call that Jake Connor dreaded making to Lee Radford – but it ended up proving invaluable for the rising Hull FC star.

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Matt Parcell: Ready for the big challenge.

World Club Challenge, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos: Matt Parcell ready for threat from Cameron Smith

FOR any hooker – for any player, for that matter – coming up against Cameron Smith is the sort of experience that must be relished.

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Leading the way: Leeds Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins, left, and Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith with the World Club Challenge trophy.

World Club Challenge, Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos: This would be our greatest achievement says Leeds Rhinos chief

LEEDS RHINOS head coach Brian McDermott believes lifting the World Club Challenge in Melbourne today would be an even greater feat than Wigan Warriors’ famous success Down Under almost a quarter of a century ago.

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On tour Down Under: Manly beach has ‘got nowt on the Humber’ jokes Hull FC’s Danny Houghton

HULL FC captain Danny Houghton will stay “positive” in his latest injury fight and Manly beach is certainly aiding his recovery - even if it is not as good as life around the Humber!

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Hull KR: 'Head coach Tim Sheens.

Secret is to relieve the pressure, admits winless Hull KR coach Tim Sheens

HULL KR head coach Tim Sheens insists he will not let pressure affect his winless side.

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Exclusive video interview with Sam Burgess Down Under on his links to Wigan

SAM BURGESS has played down rumours he could be heading back to Super League - saying Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane had him making “promises” after too many beers!

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Gareth Ellis: Keeping fingers crossed for Rhinos.

On tour Down Under: Hull FC’s Gareth Ellis backs Leeds Rhinos to rise to the Challenge

THOUGH he is firmly ensconced as a Hull FC legend, there will always be a part of Gareth Ellis that remains Leeds Rhinos.

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Video: Fatherhood makes Hull FC’s Griffin a better player

HULL FC centre Josh Griffin says fatherhood has helped improve his game in 2018.

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Hull FC Down Under: Dragons star Sims to learn from Graham against Hull FC

ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA forward Tariq Sims admits he would love to play Super League one day – but not before he gets to run out with the “impeccable” James Graham in Dragons colours.

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Leeds Rhinos' Joel Moon is ready to face Melbourne Storm.

Moon lifts Leeds Rhinos ahead of World Club Challenge

Leeds Rhinos need all their top stars to be as fit as physically possible if they are going to cause a shock and win the World Club Challenge in Melbourne.

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Hull FC's Craig Fitzgibbon in 2011

Hull FC Down Under: Former star Fitzgibbon wants one last rendition of ‘Old Faithful’

EX-HULL FC captain Craig Fitzgibbon has relished being with his former club during their tour of New South Wales - and only wishes he’d been able to belt out ‘Old Faithful’ one more time.

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Joel Tomkins, Hull's Scott Taylor and Sam Tomkins appeal to the referee during Saturday's historic game (Picture: David Neilson/

Hull FC Down Under: Curtis Naughton answers SOS after chance encounter

SUCH is the state of Hull FC’s injury crisis in New South Wales that head coach Lee Radford admitted, for the first time in his career, he had to actually write down his team during a game just to work out who was doing what.

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Leeds Rhinos’ league prep could give them edge, feels Melbourne Storm captain Smith

IT IS hard to imagine but Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith believes there are actually plenty of factors weighted in Leeds Rhinos’ favour ahead of Friday’s World Club Challenge.

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