Bradford Bulls axe coach Cummins

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FORMER LEEDS Rhinos hooker Matt Diskin will take charge of Bradford Bulls against Hull KR on Friday, after the sacking of Francis Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire.

Cummins – an ex-Rhinos player and assistant-coach – joined Bradford in 2010 as assistant to Mick Potter and took over as head coach ahead of the 2013 season.

Bulls have won four of their 16 Super League games this year, but are second from bottom in the table – eight points behind Wakefield Trinity Wildcats – after a six-point deduction for entering administration.

Announcing the departure of the coaching team, a Bulls spokesman said: “Both have worked under difficult circumstances during their time here, but the club recognises that a change of direction is required.”

Bulls captain Diskin will act as temporary player-coach on Friday, under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres.

The club say the process of replacing Cummins and St Hilaire is under way.

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