Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Rugby League World Cup: Despair of semi-finals past can invigorate England

THE PAIN of England’s agonising 2013 World Cup semi-final defeat still remains for Brett Ferres but the Leeds Rhinos star does not feel the current side will endure the same misery this weekend.

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NEW SIGNING: Wakefield Trinity.
head coach Chris Chester.
 Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Pauli Pauli tipped to provide X-Factor for Wakefield Trinity’s attacking intentions

Wakefield Trinity believe Pauli Pauli will bring the “X-Factor” to their play in 2018 after completing the exciting NRL forward’s signing.

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NO WAY THROUGH: England's Rangi Chase finds his route blocked by Australia during the 2011 Four Nations final at Elland Road

Elland Road set to host England-New Zealand finale in 2018

INTERNATIONAL rugby league will return to Elland Road for the first time in seven years when England face New Zealand there in 2018.

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Richard Beck

Beck targets consistency from Yorkshire Carnegie in order to compete

AS MUCH as he relished going toe-to-toe with an All Black for 80 minutes, Yorkshire Carnegie’s Richard Beck knows his side need to be far more competitive if they are to hold their own in the Championship.

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Richard Beck scores Carnegie's first try.

Yorkshire Carnegie 14 Bristol 44: Unbeaten leaders’ victory highlights chasm

WITH nine internationals in their squad, it was always expected Bristol would beat Yorkshire Carnegie last night – and they duly did 44-14.

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Yorkshire Carnegie captain 
Richard Mayhew . Picture: Steve Riding.

Yorkshire Carnegie v Bristol: Mayhew strives to find weakness in leaders’ defences

REALISTIC Yorkshire Carnegie captain Richard Mayhew knows his side must vastly improve if they are to have any chance of springing a surprise defeat on unbeaten Championship leaders Bristol tonight.

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Mike Myerscough

Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie: Myerscough says Ealing will be targeting revenge

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE lock Mike Myerscough expects in-form Ealing Trailfinders to be seeking revenge today.

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Yorkshire Carnegie's Chris Elder scoring last time out against Bedford Blues. PIC: Steve Riding

Greene King IPA Championship: Versatile three-quarter Elder insists Yorkshire Carnegie remain genuine title contenders

CHRIS ELDER believes unfancied Yorkshire Carnegie can show they are worthy of being considered as title contenders over the next two games.

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Paul Newlove is congratulated after scoring against Australia in 1995. Picture: PA.

Bygones: Time allows Smith to wallow in ‘magnitude’ of World Cup final

THE FORMER Castleford half-back Tony ‘Casper’ Smith admits he never fully realised the enormity of what it meant to play in a Rugby League World Cup final.

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Ritchie Myler, in action for Warrington Wolves.

New arrival Myler keen to prove himself for Leeds Rhinos

NEW Leeds Rhinos signing Richie Myler can’t wait to start training with the champions after his “stressful” campaign at beleaguered Catalans Dragons.

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Liam Sutcliffe, with his new No 4 Leeds Rhinos' shirt for the 2018 Super League season. Picture supplied by Leeds Rhinos

Liam Sutcliffe determined to cement Leeds Rhinos’ centre role

EXCITED Liam Sutcliffe hopes to “really cement” the centre role and complete his transition from stand-off after being handed the Leeds Rhinos No4 jersey for 2018.

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Luke Gale

Horse racing fan Gale is hoping to stay the World Cup distance

Aside from the obvious rugby league, one thing Luke Gale has in common with his distinguished England coach Wayne Bennett is a love of the gee-gees.

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Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Jones Buchanan. PIC: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan backing England to dominate underdogs

JAMIE JONES-BUCHANAN doesn’t expect Lebanon to pose England any serious problems in tomorrow’s World Cup game – but the Leeds Rhinos star insists Wayne Bennett’s side must still continue enhancing their own game to prosper later.

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Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow lift the 2017 Super League Champions Trophy. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds Rhinos aiming to set new Super League attendance record at Elland Road

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has hailed their growing relationship with Leeds United as his club bid to break the Super League attendance record during two matches at Elland Road next season.

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Yorkshire Carnegie hooker Mike Mayhew  has joined Aviva Premiership side Harlequins on loand. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire Carnegie: Mayhew’s loan move to Harlequins opens up recruitment avenues for Carngie

THE release of hooker Mike Mayhew to join Aviva Premiership side Harlequins could free up funds for Yorkshire Carnegie to bring in two or three new players in the coming weeks.

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Oliver Holmes and Paul McShane tackle Carl Ablett.

Leeds Rhinos to play Coventry Bears and Castleford Tigers in pre-season

Leeds Rhinos will face Coventry Bears for the first-ever time and also meet Grand Final opponents Castleford Tigers as part of their pre-season plans.

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Leeds Rhinos' players celebrate beating Castleford at Old Trafford in Super League's Grand Final last month. Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Fixtures 2018: Rhinos start against McGuire’s Hull Elland Road

LEGENDARY Danny McGuire does not have to wait long to face his former Leeds Rhinos team-mates with new club Hull KR - but the swift reuniting comes at Elland Road, not Headingley.

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Chris Elder

Lowes wants Carnegie to smarten up their act

DESPITE a gutsy victory, Yorkshire Carnegie boss James Lowes realises his side must learn from their errors – so they can give the Championship pacesetters a genuine challenge in their next two outings.

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James Roby

World Cup: Roby can set the pattern as England seek glory, says Lowes

JAMES LOWES came from a great era of British hookers so it says something that he feels this current crop is better still.

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Chris Elder scores a try

Relieved Carnegie saved by post as game ends on a controversial note

IF Yorkshire Carnegie had failed to win this game, you imagine head coach James Lowes would have found all new levels of incandescence.

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