Bradford Bulls: World Cup experience will be awesome for foursome (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls: World Cup experience will be awesome for foursome
Francis Cummins believes a quartet of Bulls players have a “huge opportunity” in front of them after they were handed a ticket to the World Cup.
Danny Addy and new recruit Dale Ferguson have been included in Scotland’s squad and Elliot Kear and Ben Evans have made the Wales party.
Cummins pulled out of the 2000 World Cup due to a back injury and says it was one of the biggest regrets of his career. The Bulls coach said: “The chance to play in a World Cup, against players of different calibre, is huge and will only help the guys we have involved.
“Obviously Wales and Scotland haven’t got the biggest pool of players but every player has been included on merit, and playing in a World Cup is invaluable for their development.
“It was always a regret of mine to have missed out in 2000 but I had problems with my back and just couldn’t stand up properly.
“Elliot and Ben have had previous experiences with Wales last year and it’s pleasing for Danny to get involved with Scotland.
“He’s had a very good season for us and Dale has been tremendous for Huddersfield, so I’m delighted we have four players at the World Cup.”
Cummins also paid tribute to Sam, George and Tom Burgess after they earned inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.
All three players were nurtured in the youth ranks at Bradford before heading Down Under to join South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Cummins added: “Sam, George and Tom all started here at Bradford under Paul Medley and could now go on to play for England together, which is a fantastic achievement.
“There have been a few players to come through the ranks here, such as Chris Bridge and Ryan Atkins, who have gone on to make England squads, but we’ve not kept hold of them for whatever reason.
“The fact these players started here is something to be proud of and it’s my job to keep that going while obviously trying to ensure they remain at the club.”
The inclusion of twins Tom and George meant there was no place for new Bulls signing Garreth Carvell.
“It’s disappointing for Garreth because his form from a third-way into the season to the back end has been very good,” said Cummins.
“I think his experience would have benefitted the team, and what I like about Carvell is his ability to offload, but Steve has made his decision and you’ve got to respect it.”
Meanwhile, the Bulls are holding an “open door evening” at the Odsal ticket office today where fans can purchase season tickets and speak to new owners Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut. The ticket office is open until 7.30pm tonight.
Former Bulls player Elliott Whitehead has been included in the England Knights squad to face Samoa on October 19.
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