Bradford Bulls Academy

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Bradford Bulls Academy
Full name Bradford Bulls Academy Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Bulls
Founded 1996
Region Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Ground(s) Grattan Stadium (Capacity: 27,000)
Coach(es) England Basil Richards
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

The Bradford Bulls Youth Development is the youth system of the rugby league club Bradford Bulls. It is one of the most famous and successful youth systems for rugby league and has produced some of the best players in both rugby league and rugby union. The Bradford Bulls Youth Development consists of three main teams, the Senior Academy, the Junior Academy and the Service Area team. Youth Development system also includes scouting for the local area and education for the players in the academy teams.

The Academy[edit]

The Senior Academy (from 2013 the Under 19's) is the highest tier in the Youth Development system. Any players under the age of 19 years are eligible to play for the senior academy; the rules also permit three players over the age of 21 to play in academy matches. Most of the team is made up of fringe squad players and those first team players recovering from injury but also some of the best players from the junior academy are given experience in the senior academy. The Bradford Bulls Senior Academy is one of the best in the country and has produce more professional Rugby League players than any other Academy in the country. The success of the Bradford Bulls Academy has decreased in recent years, many Senior Academy players are promoted to the first team squad at quite a young age and either secure a first team places or are release to other clubs. This means that players from the junior academy players have been drafted into the senior academy but are often playing against opposition much older than themselves.

2013 U19 Players[edit]

Player Position
England Oliver Roberts Back Rower
England Sam Wood (Captain) Centre
England Curtis Naughton Full Back
England Alex Mellor Back Rower
England Nathan Conroy Hooker
England Connor Nolan Prop
England Emmerson Whittel Loose Forward
England Jarrod Ward Wing
England Isaac Pollard Loose Forward
England Daniel Gregory Hooker
England Josh Halliday Back Rower
England Kyle Moore Wing
England Jordan Hargreaves Loose Forward
England Jacob Farrel Centre
England Jordan Gale Stand Off
England Josh Greenwood-MacDonald Stand Off
England Steve Copeland Prop
England Josh Casey Centre
England Adam Brook Scrum Half
England Todd Binns Wing
England Sam Bates Prop
England Jake Dearden Utility Back
England Brad Adams Back Rower
England Nick Gomersall Centre

2013 Scholarships[edit]

When the RFL re-organised the youth system at the end of 2012, it was announced that at Super League level there would only be an under 19's league. Therefore the Junior Academy was effectively made into the scholarship system. Like the Senior Academy the Junior Academy has been one of the most successful academy sides in British Rugby League but have also suffered the effects of Senior Academy players being called up into the first team as Junior Academy players move up to the Senior Academy they are replaced 15 and 16 year old players. Some of the better Junior Academy players are given experience in the Senior Academy and it is not uncommon for some players to play regularly in both Junior and Senior Academy if eligible.

2013 Junior Players

Player Position
England Ellis Akhurst Wing
England Reece Bradshaw Hooker, Half Back
England Karl Cassar Centre, Second Row
England Brandon Douglas Second Row, Prop
England Matthew Dyson Full Back, Wing
England Ben Fisher Second Row, Prop
England Jack Georgiou Prop
England Alex Greenwood-MacDonald Hooker, Half Back
England Harry Godfrey Hooker, Half Back
England Jake Hrintchuk Centre, Loose Forward
England Jamie Kerr Centre, Second Row
England Liam Kirk Second Row, Prop
England Conner MacCallum Second Row, Prop
England Ross Oakes Centre, Loose Forward
England Callum Ogden Hooker
England Michael Paul Loose Forward, Second Row
England Joel Pearson Prop
England Isaac Riley Centre, Second Row
England Faham Shahzad Prop
England James Tetlow Full Back, Wing
England Chris Unsworth Full Back, Wing
England James Pickering Centre, Wing

Notable Former players[edit]

Player Position Current Club
England Mark Woods Prop Retired
Republic of Ireland Chris Bridge Centre Warrington Wolves
England Brett Ferres Second Row Huddersfield Giants
England Stuart Fielden Prop Retired
England Stuart Reardon Full Back North Wales Crusaders
England Paul Sykes Stand Off Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
England Karl Pryce Wing Dewsbury Rams
England Leon Pryce Stand Off Catalans Dragons
New Zealand Robbie Paul Scrum Half Retired
England Robert Parker Prop Retired
England Jamie Peacock Prop Leeds Rhinos
England Andy Smith Wing Retired
England Richard Moore Prop Leeds Rhinos
England Jamie Langley Loose Forward Hull Kingston Rovers
England Sam Burgess Prop South Sydney Rabbitohs
England Matt James Prop Featherstone Rovers
England Matt Cook Second Rower London Broncos
Wales Craig Kopczak Prop Huddersfield Giants
Scotland Richard Hawkyard Full Back Swinton Lions
Scotland Keale Carlile Hooker Hull Kingston Rovers
England Vinnie Finigan Winger Batley Bulldogs
England Paul Mennell Scrum Half Batley Bulldogs
England Steve Crossley Prop Featherstone Rovers
England Neil Cherryholme Prop Halifax RLFC
England David Clayton Winger Hunslet Hawks
Wales Larne Patrick Second Rower Huddersfield Giants
Scotland Alex Szostak Loose Forward Sheffield Eagles
Scotland Adam Walker Prop Hull Kingston Rovers
England Elliott Whitehead Second Rower Catalans Dragons
England Kieran Hyde Scrum Half Dewsbury Rams

Current Staff[edit]

Lee St Hilaire

Basil Richards

Paul Medley

Richard Tunningley

External links[edit]