RugbyL: Lowes returns as Bradford coach

James Lowes has been appointed head coach of his former club Bradford, the Super League outfit confirmed on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old former Bradford and Great Britain hooker has left his role as head coach of Leeds Carnegie rugby union team.

"I'm a rugby league man," said Lowes, who takes over from Francis Cummins, who was sacked by the relegation-threatened club.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with Leeds Carnegie but, when this opportunity arose, there is no way I couldn't go for it."

The former Warrington head coach ended a successful eight-year stay at Odsal on a high by helping them complete the league and Cup double in 2003.

"With my history at this club, I just felt it would be wrong not to apply. I always aspired to come back, I didn't reckon it would happen this quickly."

Lowes, who was named man of the match in Bradford's 2002 World Club Challenge triumph over Newcastle Knights and scored 84 tries in 205 appearances for the club, has been given a two-and-a-half year contract until 2016.

Bradford, however, are almost certain to be one of two clubs relegated this year.

They are currently nine points from safety with just 10 games left, although chairman Marc Green revealed that the club are still considering going to the High Court to try to win back the six points they were docked for going into administration.

Lowes, who will hold his first training session on Wednesday ahead of his first game at Warrington on Sunday, said: "I'll leave that to them.

"I can't concern myself too much with the off-field stuff. Whatever happens there happens, we've got to get things right on the field.

"It we get them back, it's a big bonus. But if we get them and we're still not playing well, then it's irrelevant.

"All we can do is fight and fight and fight. Even if it comes to the point when relegation does happen, you've got to keep fighting to that last game.

"We have to show the fans that, even if we go down, we'll come back."