Rugby League

Bradford Bulls lose coaching staff in cuts

Bradford Bulls have made their entire coaching staff, including coach Mick Potter, redundant as the club tries to find a way out of administration.

Along with the coaching staff, chief executive Ryan Duckett and football manager Stuart Duffy have also lost their jobs – totaling 16 redundancies in all – according to joint-administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.

Guilfoyle is now looking for someone who would be willing to take on the job of coaching the Super League side on an unpaid basis.

Bradford Bulls enter administration

Rugby league club Bradford Bulls have entered administration and, if a buyer is not found within ten days, face the possibility of extinction altogether - according to media reports.

The Bulls revealed in March that the side would need to raise £1m in order to stay afloat.

Joint-administrator Brendan Guilfoyle told BBC Sport: ‘We have just 10 working days to save the club from liquidation because there are no funds to carry on longer.’

Bradford Bulls close to administration

Bradford Bulls could be forced to go into administration within a fortnight after being hit by a winding-up order over unpaid tax, according to media reports.

The Bulls need more than £1m to survive to the end of the season, despite recently raising £500,000 through fan pledges, gate receipts and an auction.

The club owes Revenue & Customs (HMRC) £90,000 in payroll tax, plus £250,000 in VAT from the sale of the stadium, and now has two weeks to raise funds or find new investment – or face administration. 

Wales Rugby League appoints new chair

Former rugby league player Brian Juliff has been named as the new chairman of Wales Rugby League – having reportedly been made aware of the job opportunity through Twitter.

60-year-old won eight caps for the Welsh national rugby league team and played for Wakefield Trinity, Wigan, Halifax and Castleford.

Juliff said: ‘I've always shown a big interest in the development of rugby league in Wales, but I now have the time to help make a difference and there's nothing I'd like better to be involved in than Wales Rugby League.’ 

Sale Sharks set for Salford City move

Sale Sharks have announced the club will move to the Salford City Stadium this summer in time for the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership Rugby season. The club will leave their home of the past nine seasons - Edgeley Park in Stockport - to share the brand new 12,000 capacity stadium with Salford City Reds Rugby League Club.

The Sharks have signed a twenty-five year lease, with a review period after 5 seasons, and will begin life at their new home ground in August 2012 with a high profile friendly against current European Champions Leinster.  

Cardiff to host RLWC2013 ceremony

Rugby League World Cup 2013 has announced the group games and quarter final matches for the tournament being held in October and November next year. The tournament will begin at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with the first day lineup kicking off with the opening ceremony, before host nation Wales take on Italy and co-hosts England face Australia in back-to-back games. 

Challenge Cup to stay on BBC until 2016

The BBC has agreed a new contract to remain as the principal broadcaster for rugby league's Challenge Cup for the next five years, in a deal that will see the final of the knockout competition televised live on BBC One until 2016, as well as fourth and fifth-round games, quarter-finals and semis.

RFL chairman Richard Lewis told BBC Sport: ‘The visibility and profile afforded by the sport's presence on the BBC and the BBC iPlayer is hugely important.’

Super League launches with TV changes

The new Super League season officially launches today at Old Trafford, with the announcement that Sky Sports will televise matches on Monday nights, as well as Fridays, throughout the summer.The switch of the second televised game from the previous Saturday slot has been agreed as part of Sky's new five-year Super League deal, with the broadcasters and the clubs keen to fill the gap left on Monday nights when the football season finishes, from late May to early August.The Monday night games are set to broadcast from 21st May, although Sky will already have shown two Monday night games on bank

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