Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Jermaine McGillvary delighted to put RL on the map in the States

ENGLAND winger Jermaine McGillvary says players play for Wayne Bennett because he always puts complete “trust” in them.

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Wakefield Trinity's Max Jowitt (Allan McKenzie/

Max Jowitt says: "I now want to cement my Wakefield Trinity place"

PROMISING full-back Max Jowitt has signed a new three-year deal with Wakefield Trinity.


WATCH - Castleford Tigers 24 Hull KR 24: Four-try Hitchcox still denied win by dogged Robins

JY HITCHCOX scored four tries for Castleford Tigers but still didn’t end up on the winning side as struggling Hull KR pulled off a crucial draw in remarkable circumstances.

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Danny Kirmond.

Kirmond signs new deal at Wakefield Trinity and insists ‘I’m not ready to retire yet’

WAKEFIELD Trinity captain Danny Kirmond signed his new deal insisting: “I’m not ready to retire yet.”

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The new BetFred Super League CEO Robert Elstone.

New Super League chief Elstone aims to turn RL dreams into reality

AS ROBERT Elstone begins his reign as Super League’s new chief executive, he admits watching Mal Reilly’s great Castleford side was an “inspiration” growing up – and he drove past their fierce rivals’ grounds to get to Wheldon Road.

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RFL chairman Brian Barwick

RFL insists "no binding decisions" have been made about competition structure

THE Rugby Football League has made its first comment since yesterday's controversial Super League press conference by insisting 'no binding decisions' have been made regards competition structure in 2019.


We need Rhinos with us, insists new Super League boss Elstone

THE first question new Super League chief executive Robert Elstone was asked in a separate media briefing after yesterday’s press conference unveiling was whether one of his first tasks was to get Leeds Rhinos ‘onside’.

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YOU'RE IN: 'Leeds Rhinos' Ryan Hall. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Ryan Hall wings in as England prepare for Denver Test against New Zealand

RYAN HALL is the only Leeds Rhinos’ player to make Wayne Bennett’s England squad to face New Zealand in Denver on June 23.

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IN: Hull FC's Jake Connor. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

Hull FC’s Jake Connor gets chance to shine with England in Denver showdown with New Zealand

HULL FC’s Jake Connor is one of the three uncapped players named in Wayne Bennett’s England squad to face New Zealand in Denver a week Saturday.

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WATCH: Castleford Tigers’ Quentin Laulu-Togage’e happy to be riding the rollercoaster

IT IS a remarkable fact that, despite playing stand-off, Castleford Tigers’ Quentin Laulu-Togage’e did not touch the ball until the 25th minute of Friday’s epic game at Warrington Wolves.

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Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e of Castleford Tigers scores a try.

Warrington 30 Castleford Tigers 34: Former Eagle QLT soars on belated Super League debut

AT THE age of 33, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e has had to bide his time for a Super League debut but he certainly made the most of it last night to help Castleford Tigers to a famous and remarkable victory.

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Super League's new chief executive Robert Elstone

New Super League CEO Robert Elstone wants to "make things happen" like in the Premier League

Super League’s new chief executive Robert Elstone will use his Premier League experience “investing and improving” what the competition offers as he takes control of the elite division.

Wakefield Trinity's Dave Fifita ready for Wigan's "grubbiness"

WAKEFIELD Trinity prop Dave Fifita says he expects Wigan Warriors’ pack, and the “grubbiness” of players like Tony Clubb and Ben Flower, to come right at them tomorrow night.

GONE: James Lowes has coached in both rugby codes and wants a return to the 13-a-side game after leaving Carnegie. Picture: Getty images.

Whirlwind 24 hours sees Boden replace Lowes at Yorkshire Carnegie

GIVEN recent events, Yorkshire Carnegie’s new head coach Steve Boden admitted he was preparing to go for a run last night “just to clear my mind” after some surprise developments at Headingley.

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WATCH - Castleford Tigers: Fit-again Gill passes Robins test with flying colours

TWO-TRY Castleford Tigers winger Kieran Gill admits his “state of mind” was tested during his year-long wait between Super League games.

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Ryan Hall in Challenge Cup quarter-final action against Leigh. PIC: Tom Banks

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Rhinos’ winger Hall impressed by semi-final foes Warrington

LEEDS RHINOS winger Ryan Hall admits he has been “impressed” by the team that now stands between them and another Wembley appearance.

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Chris Stirling did his research before taking on the director of rugby role at Yorkshire Carnegie

Weekend Interview: Chris Stirling’s bold aim to transform international perspective of Yorkshire Carnegie

THERE was a time when Chris Stirling almost had to beg people to come and play for Cornish Pirates.

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FLYING: Castleford Tigers winger Kieran Gill breaks through out wide. Picture: Matthew Merrick/RL Photos

Hull KR 14 Castleford Tigers 42: Injury-hit Gill returns as Tigers earn their stripes

IN TERMS of responses, this was as emphatic and fulsome as they come from Castleford Tigers.

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Hull KR's Tim Sheens.

Sheens warning for his victorious Robins

Tim Sheens has warned his Hull KR side not to believe their own hype ahead of tonight’s crucial Super League game against Castleford Tigers.

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Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott.

Leeds Rhinos v Leigh: McDermott urges referee to get tough if Challenge Cup tie turns feisty

LEEDS RHINOS head coach Brian McDermott has urged referee Chris Kendall to replicate legendary official Fred Lindop and “stamp his authority early” on tonight’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final against Leigh Centurions for the “good of the sport.”

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