Ex-Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors boss Brian Noble takes shock coaching role

Former Super League Grand Final winning coach Brian Noble has taken over a shock coaching role.

Bradford and Bingley have been in a bit of a pickle in the North One East division in the 15-man code, losing all 26 matches in the league whilst a ten-point deduction given by the RFU has decimated the club.

That points deduction came about due to fielding under-age players, but the club has now issued an SOS to 61-year-old Noble.

The former hooker won three Super League titles at Bradford Bulls as well as three World Club Challenges, two League Leaders’ Shields and a Challenge Cup.

“Phil Greaves rang me two or three months ago to help get the Bees going again, and I am going down to do a couple of sessions and create a bit of interest,” Noble told the Telegraph and Argus.

“It is important that we have a big rugby union club in the city, alongside everything else, and they can use my name to help out, but the priority at the moment is to get a squad together as we haven’t enough players.

“I know that we have a 10-point deduction, but that is two bonus-point wins, so that is not insurmountable, and task one is to stay in the division.”

Noble can’t wait to get stuck into action at the beleaguered club.

“I saw the lads play against Ilkley and against Heath in March and April and there is something to be built upon.

“I am not getting paid for this but I want to give the club some direction, and that pint after the match always tastes better when you win. It is also important that the lads enjoy their rugby.

“I have always thought that the facilities down there are great and there has always been that cross-fertilisation between union and league.

“I want to give the club direction and give them their identity back.”