Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Castleford v Wigan: Tigers will be ready for final furlong, says Gale

HAVING spent time at Cheltenham this week, Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale knows all about ‘the going’ and in more ways than one.

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Castleford Tigers new signing Liam Watts says he has no "off-field issues" - and England are interested

FOLLOWING his controversial move from Hull FC, new Castleford Tigers signing Liam Watts insists he has no “off-field” issues - and has spoken to England team manager Jamie Peacock about adapting his game to finally earn international recognition.
The Etihad Campus in East Manchester where the RFL will soon relocate their headquarters.

RFL moves in alongside Manchester City

The Rugby Football League has opted to relocate its headquarters to the Etihad Campus where they will become neighbours of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Cory Aston.

Castleford Tigers pair Garry Lo and Cory Aston join Sheffield Eagles on month’s loan

CASTLEFORD TIGERS have allowed winger Garry Lo and half-back Cory Aston to return to their former club Sheffield Eagles on a month’s loan.

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Brad Singleton

Leeds Rhinos: Singleton to skipper the Rhinos for first time against Wakefield

BRAD SINGLETON will captain Leeds Rhinos for the first time on Boxing Day as head coach Brian McDermott names his strongest available side to face Wakefield Trinity in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

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Ben Roberts.

Castleford Tigers’ boss Powell backs Benny Roberts to fill Zak Hardaker’s boots in 2018

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

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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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Tiger Gale will use Old Trafford disappointment as motivation in World Cup final

CASTLEFORD Tigers scrum-half Luke Gale prepares for England’s historic World Cup final admitting Grand Final heartache drives him on to what would be a famous, life-changing success.

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Tiger Gale eager to put Grand Final loss in the past

Reflective Luke Gale realises he has to get over his Grand Final disappointment quickly if he is to make the most of a World Cup chance with England.

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Video: Shenton vows Castleford Tigers will bounce back after missed Grand Final opportunity

DEFLATED Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton feels the club might never “get a better opportunity of winning a Grand Final” after their Old Trafford shambles.

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National One play-off final Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings, 7 October 2007..... Tigers' Michael Wainwright scores a try

Grand Final: Ten years ago today, Castleford Tigers were scrapping to get into Super League

WITH lovely symmetry, Castleford Tigers play in their first Super League Grand Final tonight – on the 10th anniversary of the game that crucially secured them a place back in the top-flight.

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Grand Final: Pressure is all on Castleford Tigers, insists Leeds Rhinos’ Ferres

Nearing his 32nd birthday, Leeds Rhinos’ Brett Ferres at last gets to play a first major final tonight but there will be no nerves present – he hasn’t had them since the age of 12.

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Leeds v Castleford in 1969.

Grand Final: Castleford Tigers chief Gill gets to the heart of the matter

WHEN Castleford and Leeds last faced each other in a final to decide the league champions nearly half-a-century ago, unusually, both the clubs’ current chief executives were “heartbroken”.

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Video: Man of Steel award for Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale

LUKE GALE says a solitary chat in new Coach of the Year Daryl Powell’s “mansion” made him realise he had to sign for Castleford Tigers – and now he is Man of Steel and aiming for Grand Final glory against the club that discarded him as a teenager.

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Video: Castleford Tigers dominate with trio of awards

CASTLEFORD TIGERS celebrated on Tuesday night as they claimed three major awards at the Betfred Super League Man of Steel dinner in Manchester.

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Castleford Tigers’ pre-season was all about us winning Grand Final, says Roberts

FOR all he was watching almost 11,000 miles away on television, witnessing his former club Melbourne Storm lift the NRL title on Sunday morning has only served to whet the appetite of stand-off Benny Roberts for what may be imminent with Castleford Tigers.

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Champion Schools Final, St Peter's and Castleford Academy representatives. PIC: Alex Whitehead/

Schools RL: Secret of Castleford Academy’s success is ‘in the blood’

IT has taken Castleford Tigers 91 years to finish top of the elite division but, remarkably, one of the town’s schools has reached 64 national finals since 2007.

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That’s the first goal done, now it’s time to regroup, says Shenton as Castleford Tigers make history

Castleford Tigers’ captain Michael Shenton lifted the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time in the club’s history last night and then insisted: “Now we have to finish the job.”

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MAGIC MOMENT: Castleford's Luke Gale scores the winning drop goal.' Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Castleford Tigers respond as Daryl Powell questions attitude at Wakefield Trinity

CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ coach Daryl Powell admitted he didn’t feel his side had the “will to win the game” before snatching a dramatic 25-24 win at Wakefield Trinity last night.

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Castleford's Jake Webster scores a try to level the game against Wakefield.

Wakefield Trinity 24 Castleford Tigers 25: Luke Gale drops late blow on rivals

THERE must have been a nagging feeling among Wakefield Trinity fans, as their side led 16-0 against Super League leaders Castleford Tigers last night, that their fierce rivals would not play as badly again in the second period.

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