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Hull FC arrive in Austria for pre-season tour

Hull City have arrived in Austria for their pre-season tour, where they will play 2 games against German side Hannover and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain FC.

The fans began arriving in Salzburg yesterday. Many travelled around Europe last year to follow the Tigers on their first ever foray in European competition. But for some it was their first time following the club abroad.

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Hull FC win race for New Zealand star

Hull FC have finally won the race to sign New Zealand star Carlos Tuimavave.

Carlos Tuimavave (left) Credit: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

The Black and Whites have been chasing the 23-year-old utility back for 12 months and had to stave off competition from clubs both here and in the NRL, including his current club Newcastle Knights whom he joined this season.

Tuimavave will join Hull FC on a three year deal from 2016, subject to international clearance.

Speaking to Hull FC Tuimavave said:" I am excited to be joining Hull next season and the opportunity to play regular first grade football at one of the biggest clubs in Super League.

While I am focused on finishing the season well at the Knights, I am looking forward to moving my family to England and making a positive contribution to Hull Football Club. "

Crooks signs three year Castleford deal

Former Hull centre Ben Crooks is to return to Super League after signing a three-year deal with Castleford.

Ben Crooks Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 23-year-old son of former Castleford player Lee Crooks left Hull at the end of last year to join Parramatta but failed to break into their NRL team and will link up with his home-town club in November ahead of the 2016 season.

Crooks burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 and the following year he was named in the Super League Dream Team and won the Super League young player-of-the-year award.

Even though I have not yet managed to break through and play in the NRL, I believe I have achieved my goals in my career development and will return to Super League a better player for the experience.

I have loved by time at Parramatta and thank everyone for their guidance and support.

Castleford Tigers are my hometown club who made a determined effort to sign me both now and when I first turned professional, and I am anticipating an exciting new chapter in my career."

– Ben Crooks

Head coach Cooke leaves Dons

Doncaster have parted company with head coach Paul Cooke following their winless start to the Kingstone Press Championship season.

Paul Cooke at Hull Kingston Rovers Credit: Press Association

The South Yorkshire club have announced the 34-year-old former Hull and Hull KR stand-off has left by mutual consent.

Assistant boss Chris Spurr has also left the Keepmoat Stadium with the club saying they are looking "to go in a new direction".

Doncaster have lost their opening 13 games in the Championship.

A statement read: "Doncaster RLFC can today confirm the departure of head coach Paul Cooke with immediate effect.

Also departing with 34-year-old Paul Cooke is assistant coach Chris Spurr.

Both have agreed to end their stay at Keepmoat Stadium by mutual consent, as the club look to go in a new direction and climb the Kingstone Press Championship table."

Coaches spread the word of mixed ability rugby

There's another Rugby Revolution in the air again here in Yorkshire and it could go global.

In the county that created Rugby League, now a new variation of the game is on the rise.

Mixed Ability Rugby Union is played by disabled and able-bodied players together.

On Calendar, we have already told you about how Yorkshire has received thousands of pounds in funding to stage a Mixed Ability World Tournament before the Rugby Union World Cup comes to the UK.

Now a special event has taken place to teach scores of coaches all about the sport so they can start up their own clubs all over the region.

Ben Turner reports:

For more information about mixed ability and how you can get involved in the Mixed Ability World Tournament, click here.

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Tigers sign prop forward Bailey

Castleford Tigers have signed prop forward Ryan Bailey on a deal until the end of the season.

Ryan Bailey Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 31-year-old will link up with the first team squad immediately, and the club have an option of extending Bailey's stay at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle for a further two years at the end of this campaign.

Bailey brings with him a wealth of experience, having made over 300 appearances for Leeds Rhinos over 12 years after making his debut aged 18 in 2002.

Bailey said he was thrilled to be joining the Tigers

I'm really excited to be joining Castleford Tigers. I've been really impressed with the set up here and I'm confident I'll fit in well at this family club.

I really like the work Daryl is doing here and I'm looking forward to getting down to business and pushing for a place in the team.

I want to put my reputation behind me now and start a fresh and I hope the fans here get behind me. Having played here at the Jungle the atmosphere is alwasy immense and I can't wait to pull on the shirt and get out there."

– Ryan Bailey

Rhinos prop Leuluai faces another injury layoff

Veteran Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai is facing the prospect of another six weeks on the sidelines after being told he needs shoulder surgery.

Veteran Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 37-year-old New Zealander has not played since the Super League leaders' only defeat at Warrington a month ago but coach Brian McDermott his injury has now been properly diagnosed.

"We thought his biceps were the problem but he's actually got a bit of floating tissue in his shoulder which he's going to have cleaned out. He will be out for anything from between four to six weeks."

– Brian McDermott, Rhinos coach

Bumbles backed ahead of mixed ability world tournament

The Australians may have lifted the Cricket World Cup last weekend, but another world tournament has already been won by Yorkshire.

That is because the county has just been awarded thousands of pounds of funding to host a special disabled Rugby event to run parallel to the main Rugby World Cup when it is staged in Britain later this year.

The competition will take place in Bingley near Bradford.

Ben Turner has more:

Government grant for mixed ability rugby team

The Bradford and Bingley Bumbles have been received a government grant to help them build new disabled access ahead of the first mixed ability world tournament.

The event, which is set to include 12 teams from 10 different countries, will be hosted at the Bumbles ground ahead of he Rugby World Cup later this year.

MP for Shipley Phillip Davies and MP for Bradford South Gerry Sutcliffe have both helped secure the funding.

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