James Lowes

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James Lowes
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Personal information
Born (1969-10-11) 11 October 1969 (age 48)
Playing information
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 14 st 0 lb (89 kg)
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987–92 Hunslet 94 22 19 0 126
1992–96 Leeds 125 20 0 0 80
1996–03 Bradford Bulls 238 98 6 2 406
Total 457 140 25 2 612
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997 Ireland 1 1 0 0 4
1997–02 Great Britain 5 1 0 0 4
2001 Yorkshire 1 1 0 0 4
Coaching information
Rugby league
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2008–09 Warrington Wolves 16 7 0 9 44
2014–16 Bradford Bulls 54 32 3 19 59
Total 70 39 3 28 56
Rugby union
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2013–14 Leeds Carnegie 34 26 0 8 76
2017– Yorkshire Carnegie
Total 34 26 0 8 76
Source: [1][2][3]

James Lowes is a former rugby league footballer and coach. He played for Hunslet and Leeds, but arguably his best years were spent with the Bradford Bulls, where he won many trophies. He played there from 1996 to 2003.

Club career[edit]

Lowes began his career at Hunslet, moving to Leeds in 1992,[4] before joining Bradford for the inaugural Super League season. Lowes was the 1997 Bradford Bulls season's top try scorer, and won the Man of Steel Award as the Bulls claimed their first Super League championship. In the 1997 post-season Lowes was selected to play for Great Britain at hooker in all three matches against Australia in the Super League Test series, scoring a try in the opening game.

Lowes played for Bradford Bulls at hooker in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St. Helens.

Lowes played for the Bradford Bulls at hooker and scored a try in their 2001 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge. Lowes played at hooker in Bradford's victory. Lowes played for Bradford Bulls at hooker in their 2002 Super League Grand Final loss against St. Helens. Lowes played for the Bradford Bulls at hooker and scored a try in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors, which was his final match before retirement.

Lowes' legacy was acknowledged when he was included in Bradford's 'Millennium Masters', 'Bull Masters', and in August 2007 was named in the club's 'Team of the Century'. Only six players have been included in all three lists; Lowes, Karl Fairbank, Trevor Foster, Keith Mumby, Robbie Paul and Ernest Ward.

Coaching career[edit]

Lowes began a coaching career following his retirement as a player, joining Salford City Reds as an assistant coach in 2004. Whilst on the coaching staff at Salford he made one appearance in a friendly match against Swinton, scoring a try.

Lowes later moved to Warrington Wolves as an assistant coach, and was named head coach following the departure of Paul Cullen in the 2008 season. However, after a disappointing opening to the 2009 season Lowes left the club and was replaced by Tony Smith. He later joined Leeds Rhinos as an assistant to Brian McDermott.

In 2013 Lowes was named as head coach at Leeds Carnegie.

In June 2014 Lowes was named as head coach at Bradford Bulls. After the disappointment and shock of being relegated out of Super League XIX after being one of the most successful Super League teams among the years, Lowes made his team one game away from returning to the Super League in 2016. They only required to now win a 'Million Pound Game' and final qualifier which determined if either Wakefield would remain in the Super League again next season or whether Bradford would return to the top flight again. However Bradford would suffer a 24-16 defeat which would cause Lowes' men to unfortunately remain in the Championship for the 2016 rugby league season. Lowes after the match caused a stir, after he took the match seriously and was tempted to quit rugby league.[5]

In August 2015, Lowes became McNamara's new assistant as he took up the assistant coach role of the England national team.[6]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project Coaching
  2. ^ Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  3. ^ Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  4. ^ Hadfield, Dave (22 October 1992). "Rugby League: Lydon to step in for Steadman". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Million Pound Game: Bradford's James Lowes threatens to quit". BBC Sport. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Bradford head coach takes England role". BBC Sport. 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 

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