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Bradford Bulls: Francis Cummins aims to unearth ‘rough diamond’
Bulls coach Francis Cummins will undertake a number of scouting missions during the World Cup in search of potential new recruits.
Cummins has two new signings lined up and ready to announce once the RFL ratify the club’s change of ownership.
A deal has also been verbally agreed to bring Warrington forward Ben Evans back to the Provident Stadium for the 2014 campaign.
But Cummins will also attend a number of World Cup matches for a potential “rough diamond” to add to his squad.
The Bulls boss, who will watch England Knights and England’s senior side take on Samoa and Italy respectively in Salford this afternoon, said: “Like a number of coaches, I’ll also be looking at teams such as the Cook Islands and Fiji.
“I’m happy with where we are as a squad for next season but as a coach you’re always looking to improve further and, you never know, there might be a rough diamond who impresses and is available.
“I’ll definitely go and see our boys as well – Ben Evans and Elliot Kear for Wales and Dale Ferguson and Danny Addy for Scotland.
“I’m hoping to go to Limerick to watch Ireland play Australia but that’s more for personal reasons really because I think it will be a great occasion.”
Evans is set to line up in the back row and Kear at full back in Wales’ World Cup opener against Italy next weekend.
Cummins, who was on the losing side for Leeds against Bradford in the 2003 Challenge Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, said: “It’s a fantastic stadium to play at and is right in the middle of Cardiff city centre, so it’s great for the supporters too.
“Ben came here at the start of the year and wanted to make Wales’ World Cup squad at the end of it, which he’s done.
“Elliot Kear has been consistent all year and both players fully deserve their call-ups.
“Likewise, with Dale and Danny with Scotland, it’s an outstanding opportunity for them because playing in a World Cup is something very special.”
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