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Lowes set for Yorkshire Carnegie return after Bulls departure

Yorkshire Carnegie have announced the return of former Head Coach James Lowes to work with the squad on a consultant basis.

James Lowes left his role as Bradford Bulls head coach last week for personal reasons Credit: PA

Lowes was Head Coach of Carnegie in the 2013-14 season having been assistant coach the previous season.

Having recently left his position as Head Coach of Rugby League team Bradford Bulls, Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath has secured Lowes' services for the remainder of the season.

Jimmy is obviously someone who knows this group of players very well and the club as a whole. Once we learnt of his availability, we approached him about the possibility of joining the backroom team for the play offs, similar to the way Alan Tait has been working with us in recent weeks. Jimmy lives locally and was keen to help out where he can and we are looking forward to having him involved from when training begins this week on Tuesday morning.

– Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath

Lowes leaves Bradford Bulls for personal reasons

James Lowes has left the Bulls Credit: Bradford Bulls

Bradford Bulls Head Coach James Lowes has resigned.

The 46-year-old, who won every domestic honour at the Bulls during his playing days, has left for personal reasons.

Lowes took charge of Bradford months before they were relegated out of the Super League in 2014.

The Bulls narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight last season after losing in the inaugural

This decision has come with a heavy heart and I have had to make this tough call for personal reasons, and I request everyone respects that. I would like to personally thank the players, directors, staff and especially, all the supporters of this great club for my time here.

– James Lowes

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Scans reveal 'no serious injury' for Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess: full recovery Credit: PA

England forward and former Bradford prop Sam Burgess has been released from hospital after scans found he has not suffered any serious injury after hurting his neck.

The 27-year-old dual-code international spent two nights in hospital in Sydney, Australia, after hurting his neck during South Sydney's NRL clash with St George Illawarra at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The Rabbitohs say MRI and CT scans have shown there is no damage to the vertebrae or spinal cord and Burgess, who was allowed home on Tuesday afternoon, is expected to make a full recovery.

Wayne Bennett is new England RFL head coach

The RFL has confirmed that Wayne Bennett is to become the new Head Coach of the England Rugby League team. It follows the departure of former Bradford Bulls boss Steve McNamara.

Bennett, the most successful Australian Rugby League coach in history has agreed a two-year deal that will see him take charge of the England team through the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup.

I am very excited by the challenge of taking England on to the next level. From what I have seen I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed on the international stage.

– Wayne Bennett

Steve McNamara leaves role as England head coach

Steve McNamara: no longer head coach Credit: PA

Steve McNamara has left his role as England head coach, the Rugby Football League has confirmed.

The 44-year-old former Bradford boss, who was appointed in 2010, was out of contract at the end of November's Test series against New Zealand and has been told he will not be offered a new deal.

The move is set to pave the way for the appointment of veteran Australian Wayne Bennett as the new England head coach.

The RFL has concluded that with the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, now is the time to make any change to the England set-up.

Steve McNamara has been the longest serving national coach in our history and it is undoubtedly the case that the national team and set up have moved on considerably under Steve’s leadership. We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve McNamara for his considerable efforts over the years to both the England senior team and the underlying programme. He leaves with our very best wishes and on a high, after a series win over New Zealand.

– RFL chief executive Nigel Wood

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Bulls move to ally winding-up fears

Bradford have moved to allay fears for the club's future after being faced with a winding-up petition over an alleged unpaid tax bill.

Credit: Press Association

The petition, brought by HM Revenue and Customs, was due to be heard at the High Court on November 30 but the Bulls say their legal advisers have begun the process of having the notice removed.

"It is our understanding the petition has been incorrectly lodged against the company," said Bradford chairman Marc Green in a statement.

"Our solicitors are now dealing with this and we expect to see the matter resolved - and the winding-up petition removed - imminently."

The Bulls have twice been in administration in the last three years and were relegated from Super League at the end of the 2014 season.

First Million Pound Match sees Wakefield coach take on former captain

Wakefield's Belle Vue will be the venue for whats been billed as the Million Pound match - the difference in financial terms between playing in the Championship and the Super League - and sees 2 traditional West Yorkshire sides go head to head.

Bradford Bulls are hoping to bounce back to the top flight after a year in the second tier, whereas Wakefield are looking to avoid dropping down a division.

To add to the drama the game pits Bulls head coach James Lowes against the man who signed him from Bradford back in the 1990's Brian Smith - now in charge at Trinity:

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