THE BIG INTERVIEW: John Bastian on rebuilding Bradford’s famed Academy production line

The sun is shining at Odsal, and John Bastian is smiling. The scene could not feel more different to the one that engulfed everyone associated with the former Super League champions just 18 months ago. When the Bulls were eventually placed into liquidation, forced to reform and start all over again, few will have felt it harder than Bastian. Three…

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Wolves set to sign Broncos youngster

Warrington Wolves have are set to complete the signing of London youngster Matt Davis. League Express understands Warrington are moving to make the 21-year-old their latest signing for 2019. Davis played for amateur side Leicester Storm before joining the Broncos’ Academy system. After receiving a first-team contract in 2015, he made his debut as a 19-year-old the following season. Off…

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The Maroons close in on Stanningley

Dewsbury Moor are only two points shy of leaders Stanningley after edging a 24-18 home win over relegation-haunted Drighlington in last night’s Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League fixture. The action continues this evening with a Division One game between Featherstone Lions and Skirlaugh – and a meeting, in Division Three, of Clock Face Miners and Salford City Roosters. Reports on…

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Bennett hopeful England can begin to create American legacy for rugby league

England coach Wayne Bennett has continued to talk up the significance of Saturday’s groundbreaking Test match in Denver against New Zealand. Bennett, a staunch internationalist and firmly in support of the game going ahead at Mile High Stadium this weekend, has insisted it is essential the sport retains a long-term plan for the development of the game in North America.…

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McDermott insists Leeds are in “good shape” despite sixth straight league defeat

Leeds coach Brian McDermott has insisted to the club’s supporters that the reigning Super League champions are in good shape despite a sixth successive league defeat on Wednesday. The Rhinos are now just one point above the bottom four after being beaten 28-25 by ninth-placed Catalans; at one stage, they were leading 24-10 at half-time before falling to yet another…

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