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Lowes keen on Bulls job

James Lowes Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Bradford Bulls & Great Britian hooker James Lowes has thrown his hat into the ring for the coaching vacancy at Odsal.

The relegation-threatened Bulls have begun the search for a successor to Francis Cummins after he and assistant coach Lee St Hilaire were sacked on Monday.

Former boss Brian Noble is linked with Bulls vacancy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Club captain Matt Diskin has been handed the reins on a temporary basis ahead of Friday's home game against Hull KR but is not expected to be a contender for the job.

Former Bulls coach Brian Noble, out of work since being sacked by Salford in April, has been linked with the vacancy and Lowes, who is on a rolling contract as head coach of rugby union side Leeds Carnegie, admits he is interested in the job.

"I'd like to at least sit down and talk with (owner) Marc Green to hear his plans," Lowes told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. "That would be the first step and it would be nice to meet with the bloke."

Lowes, 44, who was briefly head coach of Warrington in 2008-09, applied for the Bradford job when Australian Mick Potter was appointed as the successor to Steve McNamara ahead of the 2011 season.

"I didn't even get a reply to my application, which was very disappointing and left a sour taste," he said. "But it's obviously a job I'd love to do whether it's now or in the future. It's Bradford Bulls - it's my club."

Lowes was at the heart of Bradford's success at the start of Super League when they were crowned champions four times in nine years and twice won the Challenge Cup.

Batley Bulldogs' part-time coach John Kear is a possible candidate for the vacant Bulls' post Credit: ITV Yorkshire

John Kear, who famously kept Wakefield in Super League in 2006 and is currently coaching Batley on a part-time basis, and former Bradford player and current Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison are also possible candidates.

Bradford say they will take their time to appoint a successor to Cummins, who paid the price for the clubs' failure to pull away from the relegation zone in the First Utility Super League.

The Bulls are in a seemingly hopeless position, eight points adrift of Wakefield with 11 fixtures left of the regular season after failing in their bid to have their points deduction for going into administration overturned on appeal.

Bradford Bulls' chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"We don't want to make any mistakes," Bradford chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul said. "If we go in all guns blazing, then we can come unstuck. It's important we get the right person.

"We don't want to play the coaching merry-go-round. We know we haven't got a lot of time but we're not going to rush into it.

"Mathematically we're not out of it yet. Our main objective is to try and do as well as possible and to put as much pressure on those teams sitting above us."

Former England star signs for Carnegie

Former England forward Chris Jones has agreed a two-year contract with Championship club Leeds Carnegie.

Chris Jones Credit: Press Association

Leeds announced that Jones would join them from Worcester. He becomes their fourth new signing for next season.

The 33-year-old lock won 12 caps and and made more than 200 Premiership appearances for Sale and Worcester.

"I want to help Leeds get promotion next season, and hopefully I can add my experience to a fantastic group of players," Jones said.

"Leeds have played with a lot of flair and ambition this year, and that is a style I enjoy playing."


Carnegie set for play-off clash

Leeds Carnegie take on London Welsh with the first leg of their league play-off semi-final at Headingley on Sunday.

In his first season in charge head coach Jimmy Lowes, a former rugby league man of steel, has led his side to eleven wins in their last twelve matches.

Last weekend they beat Bristol to reach the British and Irish Cup final, but their priority is the league and a return to the Premiership after a three year absence.

McColl back from injury for Carnegie clash with Titans

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Leeds Carnegie will welcome back full back Stevie McColl from injury for Saturday's Greene King IPA Championship clash with Rotherham Titans at Sheffied's Abbeydale Stadium.

McColl has not played since suffering a freak hand injury in the win at Plymouth at the start of January but he returns for the run in for the play-offs. His return allows Glyn Hughes to move back to fly half after playing at full back in the win over Plymouth.

Carnegie secure winger Doherty on two year deal

Leeds Carnegie have announced that winger David Doherty, 27, has agreed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2015-16 season.

Doherty, who originally made his debut for Leeds back in 2004 when he became the youngest ever player to appear in the Premiership, is now in his second spell at the club having played at London Wasps, Sale Sharks, Jersey and Cornish Pirates before returning home to Leeds last season.

His try in last Sunday's win over Nottingham took him to third in the all time list of try scorers for the club with 34 tries in 70 appearances in all competitions, one ahead of Simon Middleton and three behind Dan Scarbrough.

Speaking about his new contract, Doherty said, "I am delighted to have signed the new deal, I am really settled back home in Leeds and I can only see us going forward in the future. I love the environment we have hereand I think there is something special in the future for this group."

Leeds Carnegie sign prop Charlie Beech

Charlie Beech (right) has played at London Wasps, Bath and Northampton Credit: PA

Leeds Carnegie have received a major boost ahead of their British & Irish Cup Quarter Final against Plymouth Albion this Friday, with the signing of prop Charlie Beech from Aviva Premiership side Bath.

Beech has been on loan at Headingley Carnegie this season from Bath, but has now agreed a two-year contract to remain in Yorkshire.

The 26-year-old has previously played at Northampton and London Wasps as well as Bath and had offers to remain in the Aviva Premiership.

Commenting on the new deal, Beech said:

"I am really pleased to be up here playing rugby and being part of a team that has aspirations to go somewhere in the next few years. It is a young team and I am enjoying being one of the older players.

"I would have loved to have a guaranteed place in the Premiership next season whatever happens, but I am at a good club and that is what is important. "


Carnegie bring in Newcastle backs

Leeds Carnegie have announced the signings of Newcastle backs James Fitzpatrick and Chris Pilgrim.

Chris Pilgrim Credit: Press Association

Centre Fitzpatrick, 26, and scrum-half Pilgrim, 28, have both agreed two-year contracts with the Championship club.

Fitzpatrick is set to join up with Leeds on loan for the rest of this season once he has recovered from injury.

Leeds rugby director Chris Gibson said: "We have been monitoring both players over a long period and had great reports on not just their abilities on the field, but their attitude off the field, which is an important factor for us.

"James is currently recovering from an injury but has been registered to join up with us on loan, when fit, for the remainder of the season, and I know that Chris is already excited about next season and being part of our group."

Carnegie: Name change helps us to integrate

Leeds Carnegie will change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season in an effort to broaden the Championship club's appeal across the county.

They will still play at Headingley, but plan to create a side to represent Yorkshire at the highest level.

Sir Ian McGeechan says it gives them their best shot at reaching the Premiership:

Leeds Carnegie set for rebrand

Leeds Carnegie will change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season in an effort to broaden the Championship club's appeal across the county.

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Sir Ian McGeechan, the former British and Irish Lions coach who is chairman of the Leeds club, on Tuesday unveiled plans for the launch of the new professional outfit at Headingley.

The club, who have twice flirted with the Premiership, will continue to play at Headingley in order to meet minimum standards for the top flight, but with a remit to create a powerhouse for the game in England.

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