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Leeds to host Rugby World Cup teams

Leeds has been announced as the host city for three teams competing in next year's Rugby World Cup.

Leeds Trinity University fitness suite impressed organisers
Leeds Trinity University fitness suite impressed organisers Credit: Leeds Trinity University

The Scotland and Canada teams will have bases at Leeds Metropolitan University and West Park Leeds RUFC respectively.

The USA team will be based at Leeds Trinity University which impressed coaches with its gym equipment and conditioning suite.

We’re honoured to have been chosen as the official training base for the USA team during the Rugby World Club in 2015. We’ve invested millions into providing world-class sports facilities on our campus for students and the local community, so it’s fantastic that the quality of these facilities has been recognised by one of the world’s best Rugby teams.

– Howard Nelson, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary of Leeds Trinity University

The competition, next autumn, is co-hosted by England and Wales with two games being played at Elland Road.

Relegated Bulls announce new signing

Relegated Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of 20-year-old hooker Vila Halafihi on a 12-month deal.

The Hull-born former Leeds academy player, who is the son of former Hull KR Sheffield and London forward Nick Halafihi, has spent the last twelve months in Sydney playing for Penrith Panthers' Under-20s side.

"I am a massive Bradford Bulls fan so feel absolutely privileged to have signed for such a great club. Bradford was the first team I ever supported and I want to play a part in helping return the club to its former glory." said Vila Halafihi

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Hooker Hodgson to join Canberra

Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that co-captain Josh Hodgson is to join NRL side Canberra Raiders at the end of the current Super League season.

Hull Kingston Rovers' co-captain Josh Hodgson
Hull Kingston Rovers' co-captain Josh Hodgson Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Hodgson, who has made more than 100 appearances for Rovers, has signed a two-year contract with the Raiders from 2015.

Hauraki charged over Abdull clash

Castleford's Weller Hauraki could miss his club's Challenge Cup semi-final after being charged with a grade C offence by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.

Castleford's Weller Hauraki charged over Abdull clash
Castleford's Weller Hauraki charged over Abdull clash Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Hauraki is accused if striking with his knees in a clash with Hull's Jordan Abdull in the Rigers' 18-18 Super League draw at the KC Stadium on Thursday July 24, 2014. The 29-year-old was not penalised by the incident was put on report. Hauraki will appear in front of a disciplinary panel on Tuesday and faces a two-to-three match suspension if found guilty.

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Leeds Carnegie "disappointed" at Lowes' departure

Leeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan, said the club was "disappointed' to be losing James Lowes but understood his desire to return to Bradford Bulls and wished him well.

Our search for a new coach begins immediately. Myself and Director of Rugby, Chris Gibson, will take our time to find the right man. This may take some time and in the meantime I will oversee the coaching staff and pre-season arrangements. All the players return from the off season next week in preparation for a very big year as we strive to realise our Premiership ambitions.

– LEeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan

This has come out of the blue and has developed very quickly and whilst we are disappointed with the outcome we have come to a satisfactory agreement with James and the Bulls and we wish them both well.

– Leeds Carnegie Chief Executive, Gary Hetherington

Lowes is "right man for the job"

Lowes will begin coaching the Bulls' first team tomorrow morning before leading Bradford into First:Utility Super League against his former employers on Sunday afternoon. Bulls chairman Marc Green said they were "absolutely delighted" to have someone of Lowes calibre as their new head coach.

As a board of directors, we recognise his talents, what he has achieved in the game, the names he has worked under and alongside in previous roles and also what he achieved last season with Leeds Carnegie. Regardless of what division we play in next year, we believe James is the right man to drive this club forward and into a new era. We have been working extremely hard to ensure we have the right man for the job and are confident James can achieve great things, both in the short term and in the long term.

– Bulls chairman Marc Green
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