Bradford Bulls have appointed James Lowes as their new Head Coach on a 3 year deal.
The 44 year old former Bradford hooker and Great Britain international leaves his role as Coach of Rugby Union side Leeds Carnegie to take charge of the struggling Bulls.
He succeeds Francis Cummins who was sacked last week, with Bradford 2nd from bottom and in danger of being relegated.
Lowes was an integral part of Bradford’s success in the early days of the Super League era and was a part of the side that was crowned Champions in 1997 and 2001, as well as the double winning side of 2003. Lowes played 162 times for the Bulls in total, scoring 85 tries and winning the Man of Steel trophy in 1997.
Bradford Chairman Marc Green told the club’s official website: “We are absolutely delighted to have someone of James’ calibre in place as our new head coach. As a board of directors, we recognise his talents, what he has achieved in the game, the names he has worked under and alongside in previous roles, and also what he achieved, last season, with Leeds Carnegie. Regardless of what division we play in next year, we believe James is the right man to drive this club forward and into a new era.”
Lowes’ return to Odsal will be his 2nd stint as Head Coach in the Super League, having previously managed Warrington in 2008-09.
His first game in charge is away to the Wolves on Sunday.
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