League 1 newcomers Cornwall RLFC have entered a dual-registration partnership with Championship big boys Bradford Bulls for this season.
Cornwall are currently in their first-ever season as a professional club, having lost 62-22 to North Wales Crusaders in their first game last week.
More than 1,000 are expected to be in attendance for their first home game this weekend. They welcome fellow expansion side Midlands Hurricanes to The Memorial Ground on Sunday.
Cornwall RLFC forward Paul Bolger on Ireland dream
Cornwall forward Paul Bolger has said it would be his dream to represent Ireland at a senior level in his career.
Bolger was born in Ireland, and played rugby league for Dublin City Exiles and Longhorns, before making the move over to the UK to study at the University of Gloucestershire.
Before making the move, he did play for his country at Under-19s and Students level. But he has yet to make a senior cap.
Bolger says he will stop at nothing to get a senior appearance for his country.
He told Love Rugby League: “For me, it’s all about playing the best footy I can. And then hopefully turning the heads of the Ireland coaches and working my way into that Ireland senior setup.
“I have Students, Under-19s appearances and Ireland clubs. But that elusive green senior jersey, the senior cap, that’s what I want. So I’ll stop at nothing to get there.”
Ireland will announce their new head coach on Monday following their decision to relieve Stuart Littler of his duties with less than 200 days to go until the World Cup gets underway.
The current Oldham coach succeeded Mark Aston following the 2017 World Cup.
But he won’t get the opportunity to lead the Wolfhounds at the 2021 World Cup, where they will face New Zealand, Lebanon and Jamaica.