Founders Bramley back in business

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Bramley are set to celebrate their rebirth as a club by competing in the York International 9s this summer.

The founder members of the Rugby League 109 years ago went out of business in 1999, but are expected next week to join National League 3, as a stepping stone back into the professional game. One certainty is that the club, to be known as the Bramley Buffaloes, will take part in the 9s, a successful tournament in its third year.

"That will be a milestone for us," the Bramley director, Cliff Spracklen, said. "We are also hopeful of getting into National League 3 which will be tremendous." Another town which lost its professional club, Carlisle, is also expected to gain a presence in NL3.

"It just shows that if any clubs fall on hard times it doesn't necessarily mean sudden death," Spracklen said.

The 24-team tournament on 26 and 27 June will include four French teams and others from Russia and the Netherlands. Applicants for a vacant place include the West Indies and the Fijian Army side.

New Zealand are to argue at this month's meeting of the game's International Federation that the tri-nation series involving them, Great Britain and Australia should be switched to New Zealand in 2005. The competition is scheduled for Britain for the next three years, but the Kiwis are to raise objections to that format. One difficulty could be that the games are part of a new television contract between Sky and the Rugby League.

Castleford have added the teenage scrum-half Andy Kain, who played for Great Britain Under-17s, to their Super League squad.

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