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Noble leaves, McNamara takes over at Bradford

SUPER League and World Club Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced that It is with regret that Brian Noble has asked to be released from his contract in order to pursue a new challenge with Wigan Warriors. The Board of Bradford Bulls wishes to record its sincere appreciation for Brian?s contribution to the Club both on and of the field for more than three decades, and for the unparalleled success he has brought to the Club during his time as Head Coach. The Club also wishes to make it clear that every effort was made by the Board and Chief Executive Gareth Davies to persuade Brian to see out the rest of his contract with the Bulls. However, it was Brian?s wish to leave at this time. In accordance with Bradford Bulls? policy of appointing its most senior coaching personnel from within, the Club is pleased to confirm the appointment of Steve McNamara as Head Coach, with immediate effect. * Steve McNamara will be available to talk to the Media in the Coral Stand at Odsal on Friday 21st April at 2.30pm.

Bulls announce WCC squad

SUPER League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced a 19-man squad for the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against Wests Tigers.New signing Chris McKenna misses out through a hamstring injury and the Bulls could give debuts to Marcus Bai, Marcus St Hilaire and Stanley Gene. Michael Withers, Lesley Vainikolo, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden are seeking their third WCC win with the Bulls. All three were members of the sides that took the crown in 2002 v Newcastle Knights and 2004 v Penrith Panthers. Marcus Bai is looking for a hat trick of wins too. He was a member of the Melbourne Storm side that defeated St Helens in 2000 and played for Leeds last year against Canterbury Bulldogs. Karl Pryce is looking to emulate his brother who was a member of the successful Bulls sides in 2002 and 2004.The Squad is:Michael Withers, Marcus St Hilaire, Marcus Bai, Lesley Vainikolo, Shontayne Hape, Ben Harris, Paul Johnson, Jamie Langley, Karl Pryce, Paul Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Stanley Gene, Ian Henderson, Stuart Fielden, Andy Lynch, Joe Vagana, Brad Meyers, Matt Cook and Brett Ferres

Bulls plan strong side for pre-WCC game

SUPER League Champions Bradford Bulls were planning to play their full squad ahead of the Carnegie World Club Challenge in their weekend game against Hull KR, which is Robbie Paul?s testimonial game.Lesley Vainikolo and Paul Deacon will miss the game, together with Stanley Gene, knee and Chris McKenna, hamstring, but Brian Noble is keen to point out that supporters will see a very competitive game from the Bulls.?It is a really important game for us for two reasons. Firstly we need to say a fond farewell to Robbie Paul and place on record our thanks for the magnificent service he has given to both the club and the game over the past twelve years. He has had iconic status here and that is reflected in the people who are coming to play in his game, Henry Paul, Brian McDermott. James Lowes and Steve McNamara will all take part in the game at some stage.Secondly it is our last game before next week?s Carnegie World Club Challenge and it is a vital part of our build up. We will be fielding virtually our full WCC side and supporters will get a chance to see them in action ahead of next week?s game."After 11 years of loyal service to the club, the game will see Robbie Paul make his final appearance for Bradford Bulls at Odsal Stadium, before playing for Huddersfield Giants in 2006.Paul, who made his debut in the 1994?95 season, will play in a Bulls side that will include guest appearances by former stars such as Henry Paul, James Lowes, Brian McDermott and Steve McNamara.

Iestyn Harris to lead the Bulls in WCC

FORMER Leeds captain Iestyn Harris has been chosen to succeed Jamie Peacock as captain of Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls. The Bulls will have a new Captain and Vice Captain when they take on NRL Champions West Tigers in next Friday?s Carnegie World Club Challenge at the Galpharm Stadium.The Bulls have appointed Iestyn Harris as Captain with Paul Deacon being made Vice Captain. Stuart Fielden will take over the role of Club Captain.The Bulls made the announcement today at the Marks & Spencer store in the Owlcotes Centre, Pudsey when they unveiled their sponsorship with the leading retailer.Speaking about the announcement of the M & S sponsorship, Bulls Chief Executive, Gareth Davies said: ?We are really pleased to have the support of the staff at the Marks & Spencer Pudsey store and look forward to developing a long-term relationship with them.?Bulls Coach Brian Noble said:?The three people I have chosen for the roles are all natural leaders and can take the club forward. Iestyn proved last year, during the difficult first part of the season that he had leadership qualities and he will show them this year. Iestyn is the Captain but we have several players within the squad who can all lead by example and I am expecting them to do just that.Iestyn Harris said today:?I am absolutely delighted to be given the role of Bradford Bulls skipper. Captaincy is something I have always enjoyed doing and I hope I can bring something new for the side and bring more success to the club over the next few years. It is a great honour and I am looking forward to the challenge.?For further information about the Bradford Bulls, contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M: 07966 171991

Bulls name squad for Giants clash

ENGAGE Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have named a strong squad for their pre Carnegie World Club Challenge Trial game against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday at the Galpharm Stadium.Coach Brian Noble said today:?We have just returned from an intense week of training in Lanzarote and the players are looking forward to the game. It will be the first opportunity for some of the new players to impress and stake a claim for the WCC game.It is a very important game for us ahead of what will be a difficult game against Wests Tigers. My information from Australia is that Wests Tigers are taking the game very seriously, so this will give us a chance to see where we are against a very good Huddersfield side.?Squad: Michael Withers, Marcus Bai, Shontayne Hape, Ben Harris, Dave Halley, Andy Smith, Karl Pryce, Iestyn Harris, Joe Vagana, Ian Henderson, Stuart Fielden, Brad Meyers, Chris McKenna, Paul Johnson, Adam Watene, Andy Lynch, Janie Langley, Brett Ferres, Matt Cook, Matty Brooks, Ryan Atkins.For further information contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M 07966 171991

Robbie says goodbye to Bulls fans

AFTER 11 years of loyal service to the club, Robbie Paul will make his final appearance for Bradford Bulls at Odsal Stadium on Friday, 27 January in a Testimonial Game against Hull Kingston Rovers. Paul, who made his debut in the 1994?95 season, will play in a Bulls side that will include guest appearances by former stars such as Henry Paul, James Lowes, Brian McDermott and Steve McNamara. Robbie Paul said?It will be great to say farewell to all at Bradford. The Bulls have been like my own family throughout my 11 years at Odsal and having Henry, Jimmy, Brian and Steve playing alongside me will add a very special feeling to what I know will be a great and emotional night. Hull KR will come prepared for a tough game and I know the Bulls are using the fixture as full preparation for the Carnegie World Club Challenge on February 3rd. I know the fans will want to come and see the former players and personally I can?t think of any better way of signing off at Odsal ? it should be a great night!? Bulls Chairman Chris Caisley said: ?Anybody who is now or who ever has been a Bulls fan or a Rugby League supporter ought to come to Robbie's Testimonial game. Robbie was the "face" of the Bulls, our "shop window" as it were, throughout the first decade of Super League. He put his heart and soul into the Club, both on and off the field of play and has been a fantastic ambassador for the Bulls, the city of Bradford and the sport of Rugby League in this Country for over 10 years. There will be a chance to not only give Robbie a proper Bulls send-off but also an opportunity to see some other Bulls legends who are supporting his Testimonial. I urge everyone to come along to Odsal on 27 January, whatever the weather, and make it a big night to remember for Robbie.?Tickets are available through the ticket office at Odsal Stadium (tel. 08701 202040) with cash turnstiles open on the night. The match kicks off at 8.00pm with turnstiles opening at 6.30pm. Admission is priced ?12 adults and ?6 concessions. The Stadium Road terrace will be closed for this match with seats in the Tetley?s Main Stand issued on a first come first served basis. The Rooley Lane Terrace (behind the posts) will only be opened if required. For further information contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M: 07966 171991

Bulls strengthen ahead of World Club Challenge

ENGAGE Super League Champions Bradford Bulls have today added to their squad ahead of next month?s Carnegie World Club Challenge with the capture of former Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants utility back, Marcus St Hilaire.St Hilaire, who is 28, has joined the club from Halifax where he had signed after being released by Huddersfield Giants at the end of last season. He will be a member of the Bulls first team squad but will not be on their 20/20 register and has signed a one year contract to play at OdsalBulls Coach Brian Noble said today:?We felt that we needed to strengthen the squad ahead of the season and we are delighted that Marcus has agreed to join us. We are getting a player who can cover all the outside back positions and who has a wealth of Super League experience behind him. What we are getting too is a player who is looking to make the most of the opportunity we have given him to prove that he is still a Super League player and it is always good to have that kind of person at the club.?Marcus St Hilaire, who jetted out to Lanzarote last Sunday to join his new team mates, is delighted with the opportunity to join the Bulls.?This is a tremendous opportunity for me to prove that I am a Super League player and there is no better club to do that at than the current Super League Champions.?In other news:BULLS TO LAUNCH SEASONengage Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced that their Season Launch will take place on Monday January 30th at 7.00pm for 7.30pm at the Cedar Court Hotel Bradford. The event is in association with Bulls Sponsor, the Aagrah Group of Restaurants. All of the Bulls First Team Squad will be in attendance and they will be presented with their squad number and shirt for Super League XI. The Bulls new dance team will also be unveiled at the event and it will be an opportunity for Bulls supporters to meet the new players ahead of the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against Wests Tigers on February 3rd. There will be an opportunity to have your photo taken with the Super League Trophy and collect autographs at the event.Tickets Now on Sale from the Odsal Stadium Ticket Office, Tel 08701 202040 and are priced as follows: ?3 for Season Ticket Holder, ?5 for Non-Season Ticket Holders For further information contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M: 07966 171991

Bulls warm up for World Club Challenge

ENGAGE Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls, jet out on Thursday to begin their final preparations for the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against NRL Champions Wests Tigers on February 3rd.The Bulls will spend a week at the prestigious Club La Santa in Lanzarote where they will be able to spend valuable time outside on firm pitches and will be put through their paces ahead of the WCC at the Galpharm Stadium. The Bulls will take a fully fit squad to the Canaries and Coach Brian Noble is looking forward to being able to plan ahead without recourse to the weather.?The World Club Challenge is a very prestigious game and gets the Super League season off to a very positive start. It is not too often that you get the opportunity to be a World Champion in any sport and we are determined to overcome what will be a tough challenge from West Tigers. Going out to Lanzarote will enable us to plan our training sessions knowing we will be able to up the intensity without the weather disrupting our plans. The squad are looking forward to the trip and to the game with relish.?Tickets for the Carnegie World Club Challenge at the Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield game on February 3rd are available from the Bradford Bulls Ticket Office on 08701 202040 or by logging further information contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M 07966 171991

Bulls Chairman to stand down

CHRIS Caisley today announced his intention to step down as Chairman of the Bradford Bulls immediately following the Super League Champions' World Club Challenge game against Wests Tigers on 3 February. Caisley has been at the helm of the Bulls for over 16 years, since 1989, and during his stewardship the club has moved from relative obscurity to become the most successful club in the Super League era.Caisley said, "I have been Chairman since 1989 and 16 years is a long time, but it is the right time to stand down for many different reasons. Throughout the lengthy period of my Chairmanship I have always had in mind the best interests of the club and our fantastic supporters, and I firmly believe that the time is right for us to close this particular chapter in the club's history and move forward positively into the second decade of Super League.""My departure will present a fantastic opportunity for the Bulls to seek and attract the best possible replacement, someone with the necessary resources and business acumen, someone who can recognise the terrific opportunity which exists to build on our tremendous success and further develop the Bulls' brand, one of the most recognisable brands in UK professional sport."Caisley added, "In addition, my goal was always to get the Odsal Sporting Village development scheme off the "ground" and in conjunction with Bradford City Council we have got the scheme to the point where it is just about there, subject to planning. The sports village will deliver superb sports and leisure facilities for the whole of Bradford and the surrounding area and it will enable the city of Bradford to play a major role in the Olympic Games in 2012. It has the very positive and invaluable support of Sport England and it will play a major part in the ongoing regeneration of the Bradford. The new Chairman will have a major role to play in this very exciting scheme"During the period of Caisley's tenure as Chairman the Bulls won every major honour in Rugby League, being crowned Super League Champions in 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005 and Minor Premiers in 1999, 2002 and 2004. They won the Challenge Cup in 2000 and 2003 and were beaten finalists in 1996, 1997 and 2001. The Bulls were crowned World Club Champions in 2002 and 2004 and are going for a hat trick of wins against the Australian champions, Wests Tigers, in February. Prior to the start of the Super League, in 1996, the Club also won the old Yorkshire Cup in 1989/90 and were beaten finalists in 1991/92 as well as being beaten finalists in the Regal Trophy in 1990/91 and 1992/93. In 2002 the Bulls even went to the home of English Rugby Union and won the Twickenham Sevens. The Club has appeared in 6 of the 8 Old Trafford Grand Finals that have taken place in the Super League era.As to his successor, Caisley said, "I hope that he or she enjoys the privilege of heading up this great club half as much as I have done over the past 16 years or so. The World Club game will be my last as Chairman and Director and I hear that Wests Tigers are really preparing themselves well, so it is going to be a real tough game. I hope we can post the "house full" signs; it would be terrific to see the Galpharm Stadium packed out and supporting the Bulls on 3 February. I will save my goodbyes to Brian Noble, the players, directors and staff and all Bulls' fans who have given me such fantastic support over the years until we have got that game out of the way".

Wigan and Bradford fans plan Les Catalans trips

WIGAN Warriors will be chartering a second plane to take fans to the first game of the new season against Les Catalans Dragons on Saturday 11th February 2006. (7.05pm kick off CET).The first aircraft SOLD OUT and the club have experienced unprecedented interest from fans wanting to travel to this historic clash.We can confirm that the return flight (as with the first plane) will depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignan. Coach transfers to the game will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 11th February, and return the same day after the game (times to be confirmed). Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices will be confirmed in due course.The cost of this package will be ?212.00 including meals, taxes and transfers. On booking confirmation we will require a ?50 non-refundable deposit with the balance due 4 weeks prior to the game.(There is a slight increase in cost for this second aircraft due to limited availability of aircraft on this day.)Anyone wishing to book, on a first come first served basis, should call our official travel partner Flight Options on 0207 8218112 (opening hours 9.00am - 6.00pm Monday-Friday, 10.00am - 2pm Saturday) and speak to Rachel, Mike, Nikki or Paul.Bookings made by credit card will incur a charge of 1.5%. You will be responsible for your own transport to Manchester Airport. The agent operating the flight on our behalf is ATOL registered, number 4233.- - - - -Bradford Bulls have an opportunity to charter a plane to take supporters to Perpignon for our game with Catalans Dragons on Saturday March 4th. This would be subject to there being enough supporters wanting to make the trip.The return flight would depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignon. Coach transfers to the game in Perpignon will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 4th March and return the same day after the game. Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices for the game will be confirmed in due course.The cost of the package is ?199 including in flight meals, taxes and transfers. A non refundable deposit of ?50.00is payable on booking with the balance due four weeks prior to departure.Any supporter interested in taking advantage of this offer should contact Angeline Robinson as soon as possible on 01274 762313. Flight Options PLC ATOL Reg No 423

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