Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos: Sene-Lefao hoping the Magic ‘buzz’ will inspire Tigers

CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ Jesse Sene-Lefao concedes he didn’t even “understand” Magic Weekend originally but is now a big fan of the concept.

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Zak Hardaker.

Zak Hardaker still feels ‘highly responsible’ for Castleford Tigers’ Grand Final defeat

SHAMED Zak Hardaker admits he still feels “highly responsible” for Castleford Tigers’ Grand Final loss to Leeds Rhinos and revealed he went into hiding after news of his failed drugs test emerged.

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Robert Elstone. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Hetherington hoping Elstone can bridge the gap to RFL

LEEDS RHINOS chief executive Gary Hetherington has hailed the appointment of Robert Elstone as the new Super League CEO – but urged him to work “in collaboration” with the RFL for the greater good of the sport.

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WATCH - Castleford v St Helens: Tigers hoping to turn the tables on Saints

THIS time 12 months ago, Castleford Tigers produced a stunning Ladbrokes Challenge Cup destruction of St Helens to under-line just why Daryl Powell’s side was the team to watch in 2017.

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Featherstone Rovers' Luke Briscoe (left) celebrates after scoring his side's second try against Hull.

World record mix-up means new target for Featherstone Rovers winger Briscoe

PROLIFIC Featherstone Rovers winger Luke Briscoe has been told his try-scoring feats were NOT actually a world record – but he has vowed to now chase the real one down.

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Hull’s visit to Featherstone evokes memories of 1983 shock

WHEN part-timers Featherstone Rovers tackle the might of Hull FC tonight, it will be hard for anyone from the West Yorkshire village not to think back to events from 35 years ago.

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Lee Radford explains why Joe Westerman CAN play in Challenge Cup for Hull FC

HULL FC boss Lee Radford revealed the Rugby Football League had to re-watch 80 minutes of Kells v Toronto Wolfpack - to make sure Joe Westerman could play for his side against Featherstone Rovers.
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WATCH - Super League: Young guns waiting in the wings for injury-hit Castleford Tigers

CASTLEFORD Tigers will not be looking to replace Garry Lo in their Super League squad.

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Matt Crowther celebrates scoring for Sheffield Eagles during the shock win over Wigan in 1998.

Crowther working hard to get Tigers fit for Cup

HE WILL spend most of this week in Castleford Tigers’ treatment room desperately trying to get as many players as possible fit for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against leaders St Helens.

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FAMILIAR FACE: Castleford Tigers' Liam Watts'.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Hull FC v Castleford Tigers: Liam Watts told to keep calm on KCOM return

UNDOUBTEDLY, there will be no little spice when Liam Watts makes his return to Hull FC this evening when Castleford Tigers team-mate Grant Millington fully expects the often-controversial prop to be purposely irritated by his former employers.

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Zak Hardaker

Banned Hardaker would be ‘foolish’ not to learn from his mistakes – Sheridan

ZAK HARDAKER would be “foolish” if he did not take the chance to make the most of his rugby league reprieve.

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WATCH: Hull FC boss Lee Radford on what he expects from returning Liam Watts

ALL THE talk has been about Liam Watts making his swift return to Hull FC in Castleford Tigers colours on Saturday - but he might yet get upstaged by his returning best mate.
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WATCH: Castleford Tigers' Ryan Sheridan discusses Luke Gale's 12 week lay-off

MAN of Steel Luke Gale is “devastated" at being told he will miss the next three months of action for Castleford Tigers.
Zak Hardaker, in action with Castleford Tigers last season.

England star Zak Hardaker banned for 14 months

ENGLAND full-back Zak Hardaker will be free to play rugby league again in November after receiving a 14-month suspension for failing a drugs test.


Video - Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity: Trinity energy levels vital in bid to tame rivals

AS an Australian from Canberra who played his English rugby at Warrington before starting his coaching career in France, the rivalry between Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers is all a little new to Michael Monaghan.

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Featherstone Rovers coach John Duffy

Featherstone Rovers get TV shot against Challenge Cup holders Hull FC

FEATHERSTONE Rovers’ eagerly-anticipated Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie against holders Hull FC has been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports on Thursday May 10 (7.35pm).


WATCH: Castleford Tigers homing in on a ‘reaction’ after manner of Wigan loss, warns pack man Oli Holmes

OLI HOLMES admits Castleford Tigers need a “reaction” when Wakefield Trinity visit them on Friday night.

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Tim Spears, pictured in action for York City Knights, hopes to captain them to a Cup upset (Picture: York City Knights).

York City Knights v Catalans Dragons: Spears hoping to play role in another Cup shock

“I remember Rangi Chase unravelling quite spectacularly due to the constant pressure he came under – and me reminding him every five minutes that he just wasn’t playing very well.”

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Hull FC's new signing Joe Westerman seen in action for Warrington Wolves against the Airlie Birds (Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Lee Radford delighted to further strengthen his pack as Hull FC sign Joe Westerman

Hull FC coach Lee Radford says Joe Westerman must meet the club’s “high standards” if the former England loose forward is to make a success of his second spell with the Black and Whites.

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Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers: Wardle eager to be unleashed on the Warriors

CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ Joe Wardle is relishing the chance to make up for lost time with his new club.

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