Sport in brief: Thackray gets second chance to be Noble man with Welsh Crusaders

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Rugby League: The North Wales-based Crusaders, rushing to put a squad together for the start of the Super League season, have signed the Great Britain prop, Jamie Thackray.

The 30-year-old front-rower has played in the competition with Halifax, Leeds, Castleford and twice with Hull. He won his three Test caps when he was selected against Australia and New Zealand by Brian Noble, who is now the Crusaders' coach.

"I've played under Brian and Jon Sharp for Great Britain, but I'm looking forward to working with Iestyn Harris for the first time," Thackray said. Thackray's first opportunity will be in Crusaders' opening match against one of his former clubs, Leeds, at Wrexham on 29 January.

He could well be joined in the line-up by the club's other signing yesterday, Vince Mellars, a winger or centre who has played in the NRL.

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