The Rugby Football League caused a stir by offering the defunct Bulls the chance to stay in the second tier of the professional game under new ownership rather than starting at the bottom of the pyramid, as the Wolfpack are doing in League 1.The Canadian newcomers are gearing up for the start of the season in March, using training facilities in West Yorkshire, but Rowley says they would be keen to start in the Championship if the opportunity arose.”We weren’t sounded out and nor were any of the Cumbrian clubs,” Rowley told Press Association Sport.”We fully supported starting at the bottom, I think that’s right.”But, if you are asking me if we would take the opportunity, absolutely yes, we would go now. I know that Barrow would do the same, I’m not too sure about the other two, Whitehaven and Workington, although I’d be surprised if they refused it.”The whole situation is confusing and not consistent with messages that have been given out previously when other clubs have been in similar situations. It creates unrest and debate.”The one thing we all agree on is that we all want Bradford strong and safe but we do with Sheffield and York and other clubs as well so it’s no different. The rules need to be laid down early and then nobody can complain.”Who knows but if someone asks us the question, then we’re ready. But really the option, if it’s going to anyone, should go to the Cumbrian clubs – two got relegated and one missed out on promotion.”That’s what I believe but, if someone wants to give it to us, we’ll take it.”Toronto have signed former Salford prop forward Adam Sidlow from Bradford to take their number of full-time players to 22, not including three trialists who came from the club’s scouting mission in Jamaica and North America.”It’s not enough for the rigours of the season,” admitted Rowley. “We’re thin in some areas.”But we’ve set ourselves a budget and we want to stick within that. We’re pretty much done but we’ll keep looking.”Wolfpack will play the second of two opposed training sessions with Halifax on Saturday and one against Huddersfield next week before playing friendlies against Hull and Wigan.
Tags: 3×3 Africa CupHope AkelloJKL Lady DolphinsRitah Imanishimwe Imanishimwe (R) has represented Uganda at both 3×3 and 5×5 basketball. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – The 2019 3×3 Africa Cup got underway on Saturday morning at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.The three-day competition has attracted a total of 12 Men’s teams and 10 in the Women category.Uganda will be represented by both the Men and Women.The women’s team features two of JKL’s players in Ritah Imanishimwe and Hope Akello.Imanishimwe who has represented the nation at both the U23 and senior level in the past, is hoping the nation runs out victorious.“As a team, we want to play the best game, compete and then try to win the championship, she noted.“Our target is to to try and win and we have prepared well in terms of physic and mental strength. We are ready to take on the task.The Ugandan women head into the competition as top seed and with individuals like Imanishimwe and Akello, they are expected to be among the teams to beat.Aside from the team goals, the Imanishimwe also has targets of her own.“As an individual, i would like to do my best to help my team go furthest in this competition, she continued.“This can only be achieved via a collective effort by both me and my teammates. We play as a team and shall win as one.Apart from 3×3 basketball, Imanishimwe has also represented Uganda in the normal game (5×5).She is a good shooter, hustler and also great at defense and without a doubt, one of the best female basketballers in the country.The women’s event is made up of 10 teams, with seven of those starting their campaign in the pool stage and the other three – Burundi, Djibouti and Mauritius – set to battle it out for the final spot in Pool A tomorrow morning.For the Women edition, Uganda has been placed in Pool A alongside Nigeria and Kenya.Second seeds Mali, the defending champions, feature in Pool B along with Egypt, Benin and Botswana.The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals.Following two days of round-robin action, all the knockout matches in both the men’s and women’s events are scheduled for Sunday (November 10th).Uganda is hosting the third edition of the most important 3×3 basketball competition for national teams in Africa.Togo’s capital Lomé staged the first two editions, in 2017 and 2018.Comments