Steve McNamara gives Bradford Bulls ace Luke Gale World Cup spur

Steve McNamara says Luke Gale possesses the qualities needed of an England scrum half

Steve McNamara says Luke Gale possesses the qualities needed of an England scrum half

First published in Bulls Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

England boss Steve McNamara has revealed that Bulls scrum half Luke Gale is on his 2013 World Cup radar.

Gale enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign at Odsal and impressed again for the second-tier England Knights at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old helped inspire Kieron Purtill’s side to victory in the recent Alitalia Cup following victory over Ireland before injury ruled him out of last weekend’s clash with Scotland.

After signing a new three-year deal to keep him at Bradford until the end of 2015, Gale spoke of his desire to progress from the Knights into McNamara’s elite training squad.

And McNamara has confirmed that the former Harlequins man will continue to be monitored closely next term ahead of the 2013 World Cup, along with England academy captain John Bateman.

The former Bradford boss told the T&A: “Luke is a great character and it’s fantastic for the Bulls that they have managed to secure his future for the next three years.

“They’re clearly looking to build their team around him and he has the sort of qualities that we are looking for with England.

“Luke played for the Knights twice at the end of the 2011 season but then missed out during the mid-season games. Every player at some stage of their career is going to suffer setbacks but it’s how you react to them.

“International players tend to overcome those obstacles and find a way of coming back a better player for it. Luke has certainly done that.

“Could Luke push for the World Cup? I think everybody who’s involved in any of our programmes – the Knights and the elite training squad – will come into consideration.

“I’d also say there are probably two or three players, John Bateman being one, in the Under-18s academy side with the potential to push into this group.

“You find it’s that pressure coming from the bottom that squeezes players out at the top.

“Luke is definitely in that category and if he continues to impress for the Knights then he will be considered.”

McNamara says he has been impressed by the manner in which Gale reinvented himself after leaving Leeds before eventually making the grade as a Super League player.

“As I said, Luke’s got a great attitude and he’s done it the tough way,” added McNamara.

“He’s not been a superstar kid who has gone straight into the first-team and had everything his own way.

“He went to Doncaster and Harlequins, fighting hard to find a niche.

“You’ll find these guys often become the best international players because they don’t roll over and they don’t give in. They find a way to get past good teams.”

Ross Heppenstall

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8:34am Sat 3 Nov 12

Archie's Ghost says...

The worst coach in Super League history.

And he gets the England job!
The worst coach in Super League history. And he gets the England job! Archie's Ghost
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8:50am Sat 3 Nov 12

topbombing says...

Archie's Ghost wrote:
The worst coach in Super League history.

And he gets the England job!
Zzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Archie's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The worst coach in Super League history. And he gets the England job![/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzz topbombing
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9:25am Sat 3 Nov 12

-HCK3R- says...

If he picks him will probably play him out of position anyway !
If he picks him will probably play him out of position anyway ! -HCK3R-
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9:45am Sat 3 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

"You find it’s that pressure coming from the bottom that squeezes players out at the top."

Typical Macnamara speak, Always talked a good game-that was if you understood what he was saying.
"You find it’s that pressure coming from the bottom that squeezes players out at the top." Typical Macnamara speak, Always talked a good game-that was if you understood what he was saying. Mumby was the best
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10:13am Sat 3 Nov 12

Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesineyes says...

He won't pick him, he'll find a Tongan with an English goldfish!
He won't pick him, he'll find a Tongan with an English goldfish! Visit Bradford, ratherstickneedlesineyes
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10:26am Sat 3 Nov 12

bullybullman says...

topbombing wrote:
Archie's Ghost wrote:
The worst coach in Super League history.

And he gets the England job!
Zzzzzzzz
He`s right how can a coach that failed in such epic style become England coach ? its a joke. Good job France , Wales , Scotland & Ireland are poor sides unfortunatly the same can not be said for Kiwis & Austrailia.
[quote][p][bold]topbombing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archie's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The worst coach in Super League history. And he gets the England job![/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzz[/p][/quote]He`s right how can a coach that failed in such epic style become England coach ? its a joke. Good job France , Wales , Scotland & Ireland are poor sides unfortunatly the same can not be said for Kiwis & Austrailia. bullybullman
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3:48pm Sat 3 Nov 12

pweibj67 says...

Gale has a chance .. does this mean he is being transferred ?? As cannot see mr personality selecting him while he plays for us!
Gale has a chance .. does this mean he is being transferred ?? As cannot see mr personality selecting him while he plays for us! pweibj67
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8:50pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL.
You heard it here first.
Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL. You heard it here first. Shelfrhino
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8:35am Sun 4 Nov 12

oddshapedballs says...

he has just signed a three year deal so some how doubt it. but if it had the slightest bit of truth big bucks :)
he has just signed a three year deal so some how doubt it. but if it had the slightest bit of truth big bucks :) oddshapedballs
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1:35pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Shipley Paul says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL.
You heard it here first.
Rumour has it Hull FC have made a big bid for Danny Maguire and Rob Burow. They need extra car park attendants to cope with the huge increase in crowds they'll need to finance all these new players they are rumoured to be signing.You heard it here.....
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]Rumour has it Hull FC have made a big bid for Danny Maguire and Rob Burow. They need extra car park attendants to cope with the huge increase in crowds they'll need to finance all these new players they are rumoured to be signing.You heard it here..... Shipley Paul
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5:04pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Tricky Dicky says...

He could always talk the talk but Mr McNamara couldn't crawl let alone walk. This latest end-of-season farce is another nail in the RL coffin. Good Bradford amateur sides would push Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Old Macca is playing the RFL like he played the Bulls management - and doomed to failure, of course. Embarrassment at the RL World Cup in 2013 will lead to his departure and anonymity. Beggars belief how someone with so little has got so far.
He could always talk the talk but Mr McNamara couldn't crawl let alone walk. This latest end-of-season farce is another nail in the RL coffin. Good Bradford amateur sides would push Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Old Macca is playing the RFL like he played the Bulls management - and doomed to failure, of course. Embarrassment at the RL World Cup in 2013 will lead to his departure and anonymity. Beggars belief how someone with so little has got so far. Tricky Dicky
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5:06pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

Shipley Paul wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL.
You heard it here first.
Rumour has it Hull FC have made a big bid for Danny Maguire and Rob Burow. They need extra car park attendants to cope with the huge increase in crowds they'll need to finance all these new players they are rumoured to be signing.You heard it here.....
Like it, priceless LOL
[quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: Rumour has it that Hull FC may be making a move for Gale after there main target Scott Prince decided to stay in the NRL. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]Rumour has it Hull FC have made a big bid for Danny Maguire and Rob Burow. They need extra car park attendants to cope with the huge increase in crowds they'll need to finance all these new players they are rumoured to be signing.You heard it here.....[/p][/quote]Like it, priceless LOL Mumby was the best
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8:38pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull.
Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy.

mumby,
You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think.
Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.
I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull. Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy. mumby, You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think. Try and have an original thought for once you virgin. Shelfrhino
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12:49am Mon 5 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

Anybody know where viking is?
It's over a week since he reckoned that a "major announcement that would make all the other SL clubs green with envy", not heard nowt from him since.
His boyfriend from sheff seems to have gone missing too, nowt minor I hope.
Anybody know where viking is? It's over a week since he reckoned that a "major announcement that would make all the other SL clubs green with envy", not heard nowt from him since. His boyfriend from sheff seems to have gone missing too, nowt minor I hope. Shelfrhino
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9:58am Mon 5 Nov 12

jkirby85 says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull.
Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy.

mumby,
You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think.
Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.
Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!!
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull. Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy. mumby, You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think. Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.[/p][/quote]Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!! jkirby85
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12:03pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Bullbreath says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
Anybody know where viking is?
It's over a week since he reckoned that a "major announcement that would make all the other SL clubs green with envy", not heard nowt from him since.
His boyfriend from sheff seems to have gone missing too, nowt minor I hope.
The dufster has been found out!
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: Anybody know where viking is? It's over a week since he reckoned that a "major announcement that would make all the other SL clubs green with envy", not heard nowt from him since. His boyfriend from sheff seems to have gone missing too, nowt minor I hope.[/p][/quote]The dufster has been found out! Bullbreath
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8:53pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

jkirby85 wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull.
Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy.

mumby,
You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think.
Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.
Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!!
Oh, OK then dad.
Care to tell me how you're not skint.
[quote][p][bold]jkirby85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull. Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy. mumby, You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think. Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.[/p][/quote]Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!![/p][/quote]Oh, OK then dad. Care to tell me how you're not skint. Shelfrhino
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8:35am Tue 6 Nov 12

jkirby85 says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
jkirby85 wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull.
Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy.

mumby,
You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think.
Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.
Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!!
Oh, OK then dad.
Care to tell me how you're not skint.
Deary me.....started a new co.....did you not read this.....and clear off our newspaper
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jkirby85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: I am only repeating what a couple of Hull fans were telling me yesterday in Hull. Their chairman is on record as saying he will spend big if he needs to, could be good business for you, a fee would be payable and you're skint. Everybody's happy. mumby, You really are a boring plank, you either laugh at other people's shizzle or repeat what other think. Try and have an original thought for once you virgin.[/p][/quote]Ohhhhh by the way son.....not only are you not a bulls fans commenting on an article that's got clearly nothing to do with you......your wrong about being skint!!![/p][/quote]Oh, OK then dad. Care to tell me how you're not skint.[/p][/quote]Deary me.....started a new co.....did you not read this.....and clear off our newspaper jkirby85
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