Sporting digest: Rugby league

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Super League's Bradford Bulls are resigned to playing this season with a depleted squad after failing to strengthen it. They have failed in bids for Warrington's Jon Roper, St Helens' Paul Newlove and Alan Hunte, of Hull. Props Neil Harmon of Huddersfield, Leeds' Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor of Wigan have also been the subject of offers.

Sheffield Eagles have been refused permission to take the St Helens scrum- half Bobbie Goulding on loan.

Scotland will continue the push to promote rugby league north of the border when Glasgow hosts the 1998 British Students Championship later this month.

Warrington Wolves and Hull Sharks have both made a move for Christian Tyrer, the 24-year-old former Widnes Vikings utility back.