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Howarth joins Bulls on loan deal

Wakefield Wildcats hooker Stuart Howarth joins Bradford Bulls on a month's loan.

Stuart Howarth in action for Salford Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old former Hull FC player, who has started Trinity's last two Super League matches, will help the Bulls offset the loss of hooker Joe Lumb with a knee injury and is set to make his debut against Halifax on Sunday.


Bradford Bulls appoint Rohan Smith as new head coach

Rohan Smith

Bradford Bulls have appointed Rohan Smith as their new head coach.

Smith joins the Bulls on a three-year deal after being allowed to leave his assistant coach position at Australian side Gold Coast Titans.

He's the son of ex-Bulls head coach Brian Smith, who left his job in charge of Wakefield earlier this season. Rohan Smith replaces James Lowes, who left the club for personal reasons.

I cannot wait to get over to England and I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my career working for the Bulls. I’ve had a long affinity with the Bulls since 1996 at the beginning of the Super League with my dad and it was great to be a part of it watching on from the stands.

I was fortunate enough to start coaching at a young age and my path has been a bit different to the path which most coaches take. I’ve been the apprentice at a series of NRL clubs, plus the time I spent in the UK with London Broncos and during that time, the Provident Stadium, Odsal was always an intimidating place to visit but also exciting at the same time.

This position I feel is something I have worked hard for and I’m ready to take it on.

– Rohan Smith

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

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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