Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Milestone beckons for Yorkshire Carnegie flanker Josh Bainbridge

TALENTED Josh Bainbridge hopes his 50th appearance for Yorkshire Carnegie will be the first of many milestones with the club.

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John Kear, left, and Chris Chester

Wakefield Trinity: Chester’s in no hurry to replace Kear on his staff

relaxed WAKEFIELD Trinity boss Chris Chester says he will not be rushed into finding a replacement for head of rugby John Kear – and might even put the funds towards strengthening his actual playing squad.

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Disgraced England star Zak Hardaker in action for Castleford Tigers. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Castleford Tigers open dialogue with Hardaker as disgraced England star awaits cocaine judgement

CASTLEFORD TIGERS head coach Daryl Powell has revealed he is in talks with Zak Hardaker over whether the disgraced full-back still has a future with the League Leaders’ Shield winners.

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John Kear

Kear sad as he leaves Wakefield Trinity to take over as coach of Bradford Bulls

DEPARTING head of rugby John Kear says he leaves Wakefield Trinity “with a heavy heart but in a good spot” after securing a release to take over as Bradford Bulls boss.

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Bradford Bulls's club captain, Lee Smith, with the new head coach, John Kear.

Bullish Kear is ready to rebuild fallen Bradford

NEVER let it be said John Kear does not like a challenge.

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Jack Walker challenges Luke Gale during the Grand Final.

Leeds Rhinos: I want to get faster, bigger and stronger says Jack Walker

TEENAGE prodigy Jack Walker wants to cement himself a place with Leeds Rhinos in 2018 – and knows Ashton Golding will challenge him all the way.

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GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

I get why some people like to see Michael Bublé or The Pogues or someone suitably festive around this time of year.

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Tom Briscoe.

‘My best is yet to come’ says Leeds Rhinos’ Tom Briscoe

TOM BRISCOE believes Leeds Rhinos are still yet to see the best of him and he is now mentally stronger in readiness for 2018.

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Ben Roberts.

Castleford Tigers: Ben Roberts will be a real threat from full-back insists Daryl Powell

IT MAY be a positional switch enforced on both but Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell believes Benny Roberts’ return to full-back in 2018 could be something to behold during the new season.

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Tigers Jake Trueman.

‘Incredible’ offer tempts Castleford Tigers’ to cash in on Luis Johnson

CASTLEFORD TIGERS have accepted an “incredible” £45,000 bid from Warrington Wolves for England Academy second-row Luis Johnson – but secured rising star Jake Trueman to a long-term deal at Wheldon Road.

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Luke Gale in action during the Rugby League World Cup final between Australia and England. Picture: Tertius Pickard/

Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale will only get better – Daryl Powell

DARYL POWELL has backed Castleford Tigers’ Man of Steel Luke Gale to “grow” as an England player.

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Leeds Rhinos' 6ft 5ins forward Jack Ormondroyd is hoping to make a big impression during the close season. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Leeds Rhinos: Settled Jack Ormondroyd’s aiming to hit the ground running

SUPER LEAGUE rookie Jack Ormondroyd believes he will be better prepared for Leeds Rhinos’ next campaign in 2018.

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James Clare

Winger James Clare happy as he rejoins Castleford Tigers on a one-year deal

THERE will be few more popular deals confirmed this off-season than the return of winger James Clare to Super League side Castleford Tigers.

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Leeds Rhinos' Richie Myler in a pre-season training session at Kirkstall last month. Picture: Simon Hulme

Leeds Rhinos’ Richie Myler has one eye on securing England return

AS he begins the latest chapter of his career with champions Leeds Rhinos, Richie Myler admits he has not given up hope of reclaiming the England No 7 jersey.

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Charlie Beech

Front-row switch is embraced by Yorkshire Carnegie’s Charlie Beech

IT IS NOT always the easiest of tasks but Yorkshire Carnegie’s Charlie Beech is embracing his new role in the club’s front-row.

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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).

I’d be pretty foolish not to be interested if England job came up, says Castleford’s Powell

CASTLEFORD Tigers’ Daryl Powell has revealed he would be interested in taking the England head coach role if Wayne Bennett does not continue in the post.

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England's Alex Walmsley is tackled during the Rugby League World Cup final between Australia and England at the Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Tertius Pickard/

Dave Craven: Radical thinking could end years of heartache for England

IT WOULD probably be impossible to enforce, and even the suggestion will badly irritate Super League, but is it time for all England internationals to play their club football in the NRL?

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Joe Buckle scores one of his three tries

Hooker Buckle’s hat-trick ties Titans in knots

WITH the dominance of driving mauls in modern-day rugby, it is becoming increasingly common to witness hookers scoring hat-tricks.

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England's John Bateman, left, and Ryan Hall struggle with the outcome after a magnificent but losing effort against Australia in the World Cup final (Picture: Tertius Pickard/

‘Exhausted’ England’s World Cup final efforts lauded by coach Wayne Bennett

ENGLAND head coach Wayne Bennett has still yet to publicly disclose whether he wants to continue in the role after seeing his two-year contract expire after Saturday’s World Cup final defeat to Australia.

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Keith Galloway.

Leeds Rhinos: Galloway admits 2018 might be his last season before retiring

LEEDS RHINOS prop Keith Galloway admits he is “leaning towards” 2018 being his last season before retiring.

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