Kear the front runner for Bradford job

Bradford Bulls are set to name John Kear as their new head coach. League Express reports that the well-respected coach is the preferred choice for the Bulls following recent discussions. Kear is currently the head of rugby at Super League side Wakefield but is set to become Geoff Toovey’s replacement as they prepare for life in League 1. A number…

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What’s Inside League Express: December 11 edition

The World Cup may be over and we’re all counting down the days until Rugby League returns for the new season – but there’s still plenty happening in the sport for you to find out about in this week’s League Express. Delivered straight to your smart device on Sunday night with an online subscription (don’t have one? Click here), here’s…

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On this day – when Rugby League was hit by a smallpox epidemic

On this day 113 years ago, on 10 December 1904, Huddersfield and Dewsbury drew 3-3 in what, under normal circumstances, would have been a relatively unremarkable game. But Richard de la Riviere explains why it wasn’t. In fact the game was played behind locked doors, with only members allowed in, because the town of Dewsbury had suffered an outbreak of smallpox!…

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GOSSIP: Canberra to turn to Michael McIlorum to fill Hodgson void?

Could Canberra Raiders be about to launch another swoop on one of Super League’s best hookers? The Green Machine already have former Hull KR and current England star Josh Hodgson on their books – however, Hodgson suffered a serious knee injury while playing for England against Tonga on Saturday. That has not only ruled him out of this weekend’s World…

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Cas Tigers – The Breakthrough Year, in stores now

A new book to celebrate a stellar year for Castleford Tigers will be published next month by League Publications Limited, the publisher of League Express, in association with the Castleford club. Entitled ‘Cas Tigers – the Breakthrough Year’, the book has been written by Tigers fan Callum Walker, who graduated from the University of Leeds this summer with a first-class…

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Bennett refuses to rule out returning to New Zealand setup

England coach Wayne Bennett has refused to rule out returning to the New Zealand setup. Bennett, who is currently preparing England for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final with Tonga, played a crucial role in the Kiwis’ run to eventually becoming world champions in 2008, when they beat Australia in the final nine years ago. Their shock exit to Fiji in this…

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