UK Rugby League “not as strong” as it was, says Lowes

Bradford Bulls head coach James Lowes believes that the standard of Rugby League in this country has “massively” decreased, and the game is not as strong in this country as it used to be.

With a huge restructure of the domestic game in this country kicking off next year – a move which saw Bradford slip into the Championship for the first time in the Super League era – and England currently in the midst of a Four Nations tournament, Lowes believes that no matter what level is being discussed, standards have slipped across the board.

“I think rugby league in this country generally has fallen off massively standard-wise. That’s irrelevant of the division, it’s just not as strong,” Lowes told the Telegraph and Argus.

“Having said that, we know the Championship is a tough division. There are some hard places to go and they’ll be getting stuck into our boys wherever we go.

“We’ve got to be ready for that, both mentally and physically, and I intend to prepare them for that.”