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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

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Tupou extends Wildcats contract

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre Bill Tupou has signed a 2 year contract extension at Belle Vue to stay at the club until 2018.

The 25 year old has only made three appearances for the Wildcats this season after suffering with an ankle injury, although he is expected to return over the next couple of weeks.

He joined the Wildcats in June 2015 from NRL side Canberra Raiders on a deal until the end of the 2015 season. However after impressing then head coach Brian Smith and chairman Michael Carter, he signed a new one year deal.

The centre has become the third player to have signed a contract extension in the past two weeks under Head Coach, Chris Chester, following in the footsteps of Chris Annakin and Mika Simon.

Bill Tupou. Credit: Brett Crockford/AAP/PA Images

“I am very happy, it was a very easy decision for me and my partner. I came here around June last year and everything just clicked from there.

“Chezza (Chris Chester) is a good coach, he has brought the team together and by the looks of it everyone wants to stay because of him, everyone is performing because of Chezza. I don’t think I have played for him yet with my injury but he has seen a few of my games and he wants me to stay on. It is very pleasing for me and my partner and I am looking forward to staying on for the next few years.”

– Bill Tupou

“I am delighted that Bill has put pen to paper, he’s an important part of our team and I am looking forward to see him return to action in the next week or so. “Once again this shows us how important it is for us to keep all of our best players to move forward as a club; Bill will play a big part in this team over the next couple of years."

– Chris Chester

Leeds Rhinos draw Huddersfield Giants in Challenge Cup sixth round

Leeds Rhinos' Tom Briscoe, head coach Brian McDermott and Kevin Sinfield after last year's final win Credit: PA

Holders Leeds Rhinos will meet Huddersfield Giants in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Wakefield Wildcats will host French side Toulouse, the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, while Championship club Dewsbury welcome 19-time winners Wigan.

Batley Bulldogs will play Catalans Dragons at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium.

All ties will be played from May 6 to 8.

The draw in full:

Castleford v Salford

Oldham v Warrington

Dewsbury v Wigan

Batley v Catalans

Halifax v Widnes

St Helens v Hull FC

Huddersfield v Leeds

Wakefield v Toulouse

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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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