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NATHAN BROWN welcomed the bulk of the Giants Super League squad back for pre-season training today as he awaits further news of injured England star Luke Robinson.

Twenty-seven players signed in for the start of training for the 2011 campaign this morning.

But it won’t be until the middle of the week that Brown and his medical staff will be able to assess the fitness of his six England players, who are now flying home following the Four Nations tour Down Under.

Four of the players – Kevin Brown (hernia), Eorl Crabtree (elbow), Shaun Lunt (groin) and Luke Robinson (shoulder) – have already been booked in for surgery. Leroy Cudjoe and Darrell Griffin are the ones who have escaped.

But with Robinson having also dislocated his left elbow during Saturday’s 36-10 triumph over Papua New Guinea in England’s final game in Auckland, it’s possible the scrum half may now have to undergo a second pre-season operation.

“It’s still a case of waiting to see what the best course of action is going to be, which will be finalised as soon as I get back home,” said Robinson.

source: Examiner

YORK City Knights have spoken to Huddersfield’s ace veteran, Brad Drew, about making a shock short-term move to Huntington Stadium.

The Press can reveal new Knights director of rugby Dave Woods had a chat with his fellow Aussie during which they discussed the possibility of the 34-year-old moving to York as he works his way back into first-team contention at the Super League outfit following knee surgery.

Woods admitted such an audacious move would be unlikely to come off, but the club have not ruled out the possibility of pairing him up again with former Huddersfield half-back partner Chris Thorman – who himself is set for a return to action this weekend.

source: York Press

Huddersfield Giants are pleased to announce the Talentbuilder Poker Night will take place on Tuesday 15th June at the Grosvenor Casino.

This unique tournament gives you the opportunity to enjoy a great night out in an excellent location. Join leading players & coaches for the evening [including Nathan Brown, Lee Gilmour, Luke Robinson, Leroy Cudjoe, Stephen Wild, Danny Brough and David Faiumu ].

Enjoy a night to remember and know that all the money raised will go directly on sending our scholarship team to Australia.

Tickets are prices at just £25 each (with a group of 8 costing only £175) and the package includes:

  • Entry to the tournament
  • 1000 points [Value £5]
  • Hot buffet
  • Ticket for a Giants game
  • Casino membership
  • Free poker tuition [7-8pm]
  • Fast track registration service
  • Photo opportunities
  • The chance to win £ 100’s worth of prizes

For further information or to buy tickets contact Catherine Greenwood on 01484 484111, email , or call in person at the Stadium Reception

Source: GiantsRL

The race to replace Brett is hotting up with us being linked with pretty much every OOC fullback in the game.

Luke Patten from Canterbury Bulldogs is a frontrunner on the Forum, Briscoe at Hull KR has been mentioned and now Clinton Schifcoske at the Crusaders is mentioned in the Examiner.

When will we start getting linked with William Slater?

A heartfelt plea from his five-year-old daughter persuaded Nathan Brown to quit his job as Huddersfield Giants coach and return to uncertain future in Australia.

The 36-year-old today lifted the lid on the background to his decision to leave the engage Super League club at the end of the season.

He is contracted to the end of 2011 but the Giants agreed to release him for family reasons.

His wife and three daughters are currently in Sydney after being stranded by the volcanic ash clouds that caused major disruption to European air travel and it was during a conversion on Skype with middle daughter Annie that Brown finally made up his mind.

“When I came over I planned on staying for three years but there are some things that have happened in the last three or four weeks which made me realise how far I’ve taken the kids away,” he told a press conference at the Galpharm Stadium.

“The kids are home and they’re going to the beach, and to the park and going on boats and they don’t get to do that here.

“They deserve to do that because that’s the lifestyle I had and it’s the lifestyle I want for them. They’ve given up two years of that for my coaching.

“One of my daughters said to me on Skype ‘daddy can you please move back to Australia because I want to live here.’ That summed up for me 100% what I needed to do.

“Generally, all the decisions that are made in my family are based around what I do for rugby league and this was made for what I think needs to done for my children.”

Brown, a former head coach at St George Illawarra, insists he has no job lined up in Australia’s NRL but admits a successful end to the season with Huddersfield would improve his prospects.

“At the moment, I’m jobless from October,” he said. “Hopefully, something comes up but I’ll have to wait and see.

“I definitely haven’t anything lined up and, regardless about what’s been speculated about, I haven’t spoken to anybody either.

“Hopefully the better we finish up, the better the chance of me getting something, I’d imagine.”

Huddersfield decided to announce Brown’s departure in the wake of their 60-4 hammering by Warrington Wolves in the Carnegie Challenge Cup last Saturday.

The coach is now hoping the relief he is feeling will spread to his players as they prepare to take on Engage Super League leaders Wigan Warriors at the Galpharm on Sunday.

“It’s been on my mind a fair bit over the last three weeks and there’s been a lot of stuff in the papers which is never good for any club but now it’s out of the way, we can get on with it,” he said.

“Getting it off my mind was a good thing. Now I’ve made the decision, I feel comfortable because I know it’s the right decision. Today has been the best day I’ve had for a couple of weeks.

“Losses like that probably build up over a period of time. They don’t happen overnight.

“It’s probably an accumulation of small things and, as a coach, I have to put my hand up. I could have been a bit harder on some people and there are some players that will probably but their hands up.

“There are a couple of areas where we took our eyes off the ball and as a group we let ourselves down a little bit. But the key is that we come out this week and put in a good performance.”

Brown ruled out making wholesale changes but confirmed that former Wigan back rower Stephen Wild will end a two-month lay-off with a knee injury and face his old club.


Huddersfield Giants can confirm that Head Coach Nathan Brown will leave the club at the end of the 2010 season for family reasons.

The 36 year old has been the subject of much press speculation in recent weeks and the club believes that today’s statement puts a line under the matter and will allow all parties to move forwards.

Giants chairman Ken Davy spoke to with disappointment “Of course we are very disappointed to receive Nathan’s resignation at the year end, particularly as he has a year to run on his contract” He continued “we had read like everyone the speculation floating around and Nathan has always been totally honest and upfront with us that he wished to return in due course to the NRL.

“Personal circumstances have meant that this has come a year sooner than either of us would have predicted or wanted. However there is no doubt that this has been an unsettling period for all concerned and now that the uncertainty is cleared up, we can all knuckle down to the immediate job in hand which is bringing success to the Huddersfield Giants. I know that Nathan will do all he can to ensure that he goes out on a high.”

Head Coach Nathan Brown commented “It’s purely a family decision that I have had to make to go home at the end of this year. Despite what’s been written by some I don’t have a job to go to nor have I even spoken to anyone back home about employment – this decision is not about my professional life its about my family’s life.

“To say I have enjoyed my time here – and will continue to do so – is an understatement, its been great for us but I just have to make this decision now for the benefit of everyone as the continued and relentless media speculation has been good for no one. I will continue to give my absolute best to the Club in every aspect of the job until the year end and assist them in going forward in the future in any way I can. Wherever I end up I will always look for the Giants results in the UK and be rooting for them.”

Brown also assured Giants fans of his continued desire to bring silverware to the Club

“Nothing would give me more pleasure than to reward the Chairman, Board and fans of this great Club with a trophy” he added “I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to come here and I think the club has made huge strides forwards in my short time here and can continue to do so.

“We were on the end of a hiding on Saturday we cant hide from that but in no way am I disillusioned or have had any of my passion driven from me to bring success to the club. Sadly in sport you can have days like that and my job for the remainder of the year is to ensure there are no repeats and see if we can get back to finishing in the winners sheds”

The club will now discuss the 2011 Head Coach position at the next scheduled monthly board meeting.

NATHAN BROWN admits he faces a ‘huge’ challenge to lift his Giants for Sunday’s home clash against Super League leaders Wigan.

The Huddersfield chief has spent the past two days attempting to get to the root cause of Saturday’s humiliating 12-try 60-4 Challenge Cup defeat at the hands of holders Warrington Wolves at the Galpharm.

But Brown knows his biggest task will be to try and raise his side’s spirits for what he knows will be a massive test against a Warriors team that beat the Giants 28-10 at Murrayfield as part of the Magic Weekend nine days ago.

“Everyone was embarrassed and devastated by what went on, but we only have ourselves to blame for that,” said Brown.

“It’s our fault, so it’s up to us to do something about it. As a coaching group and a players group, we have to knuckle down and play harder, because that’s the only way we are going to turn this around.

“This week we all face a huge challenge to make sure we get back to our best as quickly as possible.

“When you come off the pitch you want to be able to with your head held high. That’s what we’re all determined to do next Sunday.”

Brown may be already considering changes to the side to face Wigan, and could be in a position to recall former Warriors second-row forward Stephen Wild, who is close to a return after being sideline for six weeks with a knee injury.

source: Examiner

TEENAGE prop forward Adam Walker will make his Giants debut in today’s Super League clash at Salford City Reds (3.00).

The news crowns an excellent few days for the 19-year-old rising star who has been handed a two-year contract extension.

Walker is set to start on the substitutes’ bench against Salford in one of several changes to the side that thrashed Catalans Dragons 48-6.

Also coming in are Larne Patrick and Scott Grix, who were rested against the Dragons, while centre Michael Lawrence makes his return (ankle injury).

Sitting it out are Brett Hodgson, Eorl Crabtree and Keith Mason.

Hodgson and Crabtree picked up slight knocks against Catalans and Mason is still feeling the effects of playing his first game since opening day.

“Salford might be sitting near the bottom of the ladder, but they’re not a bad team and they won’t be easy to beat. Hull, of course, lost there the other week,” said Brown.

“So we know it’s going to be a test for us, and for Adam in particular.

“But we wouldn’t have picked him if we didn’t think he was ready. He’s been very good for us in the Under 20s this year, and we all feel he’s big enough and ugly enough to take the step up.”

Salford were beaten 32-2 at Warrington on Friday.

“The final scoreline didn’t reflect how well Salford played,” added Brown.

“It will be a test for us.”

source: Examiner

Huddersfield returned to winning ways with a 48-6 Good Friday victory over Catalans Dragons at Galpharm Stadium.

The Giants, who were one of five clubs to take maximum points from last year’s Easter programme, were looking to bounce back from their home defeat to St Helens last time out and they ran in nine tries as Brett Hodgson booted six goals in an emphatic win.

But it was the performance of man of the match Danny Brough, in only his second game since joining from Wakefield, which proved the talking point.

Kevin Brown came up with a wonderful chip early on and Steven Bell could only run the ball into touch. Catalans expected the Giants to work the short side but an outrageous dummy from David Faiumu and a poor missed tackle from Tony Gigot allowed the loose forward to waltz his way through a gaping hole with just five minutes gone.

Brett Hodgson tagged on the extras before Jamal Fakir proceeded to hand the hosts another great field position when he spilled at the play-the-ball in the 11th minute. The ball was worked left by Kevin Brown and Brough, who showed a great dummy, found Lee Gilmour with a good ball and there was no stopping him as he powered towards the line. Brett Hodgson then struck the upright with a touchline conversion.

An excellent third arrived in the 23rd minute after Frederic Vaccari showed his inexperience by running the ball into touch deep in his own half. Luke Robinson displayed great vision in dribbling the ball through for Brough to touch down in the in-goal area. David Hodgson then benefitted from another knock-on to dive over.

The lead increased once more in the 33rd minute when Brough fooled the Catalans defence with a clever kick through with the outside of his left boot which Brown raced onto to score a try, which was converted by Brett Hodgson, under the posts after gathering.

A Dimitri Pelo try for Catalans, which was lconverted by William Barthau, shortly after the interval merely stemmed the tide as another deft Brown kick send Cudjoe through in the 52nd minute.

Brett Hodgson booted the extra two points before Brough came up with a great solo effort in the 60th minute. He picked the ball up 10 metres out, changed direction, accelerated between two defenders and threw himself over the line.

David Hodgson then finished well in the corner with 66 minutes gone, the Giants wing going low and hard for the line as the cover arrived. Vaccari denied Brough his hat-trick when he got back to boot the ball dead but Brett Hodgson scored a great breakaway try, which he converted himself, just before the final hooter.

Source: PA

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