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.
Bradford Bulls have appointed former player and club legend James Lowes as their new head coach. Lowes leaves his position as head coach of rugby union side Leeds Carnegie to sign a 3 year contract at Odsal. The 44 year old spent 8 years at Bradford as a player.
Members of the press gather at a conference held by Bradford Bulls - they are about to reveal their new coach. The Bulls sacked Francis Cummins last week.
The Bradford Bulls will unveil their new coach at a press conference later this morning. The Bulls sacked Francis Cummins last week with the club second bottom of Super League and needing a minor miracle to survive relegation.
Bradford Bulls have sacked head coach Francis Cummins. The Bulls' decision to let Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire go, comes just 24 hours after the club's crushing defeat by Salford which left them eight points from safety with 11 matches left of the First Utility Super League campaign.
In the meantime skipper Matt Diskin has been placed in temporary charge ahead of Friday's visit of Hull KR, under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres.
"This is a decision which has not been made lightly and Bradford Bulls would like to thank both Francis and Lee for their efforts over the years.
Both have worked under difficult circumstances during their time here, but the club recognises that a change of direction is required."
Bradford Bulls spokesman
Leeds Rhinos captain, Kevin Sinfield has said he is "really proud" after being recognised in the Queen's Brithday Honours. Sinfield, who also captains the England Rugby League side, has been made an MBE. He has led the Rhinos through one of their most successful periods.
He says he found out about the honour a few weeks ago - but was sworn to secrecy.
Bradford Bulls have given a two-year full time contract to teenage half back Adam Brook. The 19-year-old has yet to make a Super League appearance but impressed in the Bulls' pre-season friendly against Hull.
I am absolutely over the moon to sign a full-time contract with the Bulls, it is a dream come true for me. Since the age of six, when I first started playing rugby league, my dream was to turn professional at Super League level."
"Adam's new deal is thoroughly deserved. He has worked very, very hard to earn it. He was given an opportunity to do further training last year and grasped the opportunity with both hands."
Wakefield coach Richard Agar has stepped down from his post and been replaced by assistant James Webster with immediate effect, the club have announced. He led the Wildcats in 75 games making him the longest serving coach in the club's history .
Leeds Rhinos have announced a new signing in the hope of giving the club a major boost next season. Newcastle Knights prop, Adam Cuthbertson, will join the Rhinos on a four year contract.
The 29-year-old has been the Knights top performer this season and will hope to continue his winning ways with the Rhinos.
"I am really pleased to be joining the Rhinos and excited about the challenge of joining a new competition in Super League.
Leeds have been a top club for the last decade and I know I am joining a very competitive squad who have a great work ethic, that is evident from the success they have had. I have been to Leeds in the past and really enjoyed the City. "
Adam Cuthbertson, Leeds Rhinos