Rugby League: Schofield's Brisbane blueprint

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Super League's rawest coach is flying around the world to learn at the feet of the most successful man in the game. Garry Schofield, the former Great Britain captain, will guide Huddersfield next season without any previous coaching experience, but he and his assistant, Phil Veivers, are travelling Brisbane to spend 10 days with the Broncos coach, Wayne Bennett.

Bennett, Veivers' brother-in-law, has agreed to show the two men the methods which helped the Broncos to the Australian Super League title and the World Club Championship last year. "We hope to come back with a lot of new ideas," said Schofield. "If you can't learn from someone like that it's time to pack it in."

The Super League champions, Bradford Bulls, have released 20 players following the decision to disband their reserve side. Oldham are still left out of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup third-round draw on Monday, despite the offer from several amateur clubs to play them in an extra qualifying tie.

- Dave Hadfield