Daniel Crawford Orr, is an English rugby league coach and former player. He is an assistant coach of the Castleford Tigers. A Great Britain international representative stand-off or scrum-half, Orr played in the Super League for the Castleford Tigers, Harlequins RL and the Wigan Warriors. Orr was born in West Yorkshire, England. Danny Orr played much of his rugby career for the Castleford Tigers, making it into the 2002 Super League Dream Team, before leaving in 2003 to join the Wigan Warriors. Danny decided to leave Castleford Tigers at the end of the 2003 Super League season, signing a 4-year deal with Wigan, his last game for the club was against Wigan in the final league match of the 2003 season. He said that the decision was "exceptionally difficult" but added: "I wish to make a clean break from Castleford and move with my family to the most famous and successful rugby league club in the world." Wigan coach of the time Stuart Raper commented: "Danny is a good all round player who will be an asset to any side and I am pleased that he has chosen Wigan.
He will blend well into our line-up." Despite some good performances towards the end of the 2006 season, Wigan decided to allow Orr to leave. Some reports suggested Orr did not want to leave Wigan but he was sold to Harlequins RL on 12 October 2006. Orr signed a three-year deal with the Harlequins RL starting in 2007 and was replaced at Wigan by Trent Barrett. Orr rejoined his hometown club Castleford Tigers in 2011 after signing a one-year deal. In July 2011, he signed a one-year extension to his deal, keeping him at his hometown club for the 2012 season. Danny Orr announced on Thursday 26 July 2012 that he would retire at the end of the Super League season to take up a coaching job with Castleford Tigers, thus ending his 16-year professional career. During his period at the Castleford Tigers he gained many representative honours. In 1997, he was a member of the Great Britain Academy side coached by Mike Gregory, an acquaintance he was to re-establish after joining Wigan, he has gained senior representative experience as well, captaining Yorkshire to victory in the 2003 Origin match.
He has played for England and for Great Britain in the 2002 series against New Zealand. Orr became assistant coach of Castleford in 2013, a position he holds, he had a short period as interim head coach in 2013 following the departure of Ian Millward. Harlequins RL profile Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com Danny Orr Engage Super League profile Profile atthecastlefordtigers.co.uk England battle to French wins
Kevin Brown (rugby league, born 1984)
Kevin Brown is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a stand-off or centre for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League. Brown is an England international and played for the Wigan Warriors, captained both the Huddersfield Giants and the Widnes Vikings. Born in St. Helens, Brown played junior rugby for several teams, including Thatto Heath Crusaders, Haydock Warriors, Pilkington Recs and Blackbrook. Although he struggled to impress scouts, he was signed by Wigan Warriors at the age of 16. Brown played for Wigan's academy side in 2002 and 2003. Brown was called up into the 2002 England Academy squad that beat the Australian Schoolboys in winter 2002, he had been included in the stand-by squad, but got his chance following the failure of Hull centre Kirk Yeaman to recover from a shoulder injury. Brown was selected for the Super League U21s squad to face the National League U21s in June 2003. Shortly afterwards, Wigan acknowledged the player's tremendous potential by extending his contract until the end of 2005.
Wigan coach Stuart Raper commented: "I am delighted Kevin has re-signed as he is a big part of my future plans." In April 2003, due to a significant number of first team injuries, Brown was one of several academy players to make their senior début against his hometown team St. Helens, appearing as a substitute in a 24–22 win against the Saints, he scored his first tries in the season with a hat-trick against Halifax. Brown became a first team regular during the 2004 season, playing every game until he fractured his fibula in a match against Wakefield Trinity. Despite injury and shaky form, he signed a new deal in July 2005 keeping him at Wigan until the end of the 2007 season. Newly appointed head coach Ian Millward commented: "Kevin is still only 20 and a exciting player, he is still improving and as he gets better, which I am sure he will, he will be an important part of our attack." In June 2006, Brown joined Huddersfield Giants on loan until the end of the season. On 19 August 2006, Brown made signing a three-year contract with the club.
In 2009, Brown signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2012. In May 2012, it was announced that Brown had signed a four-year contract with Widnes from the 2013 season for an undisclosed fee, he was named at stand-off in the 2014 Super League Dream Team, was the first Widnes player to be selected in the team. Brown was named as captain for the 2015 season following the retirement of previous captain Jon Clarke. In December 2016 it was announced that Brown had signed a two-year contract with Warrington Wolves for an undisclosed fee. In June 2007 Brown was called up to the Great Britain squad for the Test match against France, he was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010. He was a part of England's Four Nations campaign in the year. In October 2016, Brown was selected in the England squad for the 2016 Four Nations, he returned to the international scene where he featured in a test match against France, scoring his first international try in the process, in his country's 40-6 win.
Brown was a surprise inclusion in England's 2017 World Cup squad. He was not selected for the first two group games, with Gareth Widdop and Luke Gale being preferred as the starting halfbacks. Brown has given his first start in the final group game against France, with Widdop moving to the fullback position, he retained his place for the 36–6 quarter final win against Papua New Guinea, but was substituted at half time after suffering a concussion. He was cleared to play in time for the semi final against Tonga, helping England win 20–18 to reach the World Cup final for the first time in 22 years. Brown started once again at stand off in the final against Australia, which England went on to lose 0–6. Warrington Wolves profile Statistics at rugby-league.com Kevin Brown announced as Warrington player Statistics at rlwc2017.com
The Castleford Tigers are a rugby league club in Castleford, West Yorkshire, that compete in the Super League, the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. The club have competed in the top division for the majority of their existence having only been relegated twice in their history, Castleford has won the Challenge Cup four times, their most recent major trophy was the 2017 Super League League Leaders Shield. Castleford have a rivalry with neighbours Featherstone Wakefield Trinity; the club has been based after moving from the Sandy Desert in Lock Lane. The club's current home colours are amber. Castleford RFC joined the Northern Rugby Football Union for the 1896–97 season, its second and remained in the ranks of the semi-professionals until the end of the 1905–06 season. Not much is known about the original Castleford club, except that they have no connection with the present Castleford Tigers RLFC. Castleford joined the league for the 1926–27 season.
Many official records state that they were founded at this time but they had played in the lower Yorkshire County Cup for several years before this date. They joined the League "code" around 1920 and played in these early years at the Sandy Desert ground, now used by amateur club Castleford Lock Lane youth and junior teams; the club went professional in 1926 and moved to their current home ground on Wheldon Road in 1927. The club soon started to make a mark on northern rugby, winning their first major trophy when they topped the Yorkshire League in 1932, followed by victory in the Challenge Cup in 1935. In 1938, they failed to take the cup; the Second World War meant the league was suspended soon after, Castleford abstained from league competition until the 1944–45 season. Castleford finished fourth in the national league in the 1962/63 season; the following season they lost 7–5 to Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi-final replay at Belle Vue, Wakefield in front of a 28,700 crowd after drawing at Station Road, Swinton in the first meeting of the two clubs.
Under the direction of coach George Clinton, Castleford won many fans in the'60s by playing an open and free-flowing style of rugby, earning them the nicknames "Classy Cas" and "High Speed Cas", the latter playing off the slogan for British Gas in use at the time. Castleford picked up where they left off when they were again beaten in the Championship finals in 1969, this time conceding defeat to arch-rivals Leeds. However, this loss seemed to spur the team on, 1969 and 1970 saw Castleford win the Challenge Cup for two consecutive years, with clubs legends Alan Hardisty and Keith Hepworth leading the team. John Sheridan was appointed head coach in 1973 for a spell. Castleford's finished a respectable ninth in a one-division table but Sheridan stepped down following criticism from fans. During the late 1970s Castleford edged up the league, in 1986 they made it to the Premiership final, where they were beat Hull Kingston Rovers 15–14, they finished high over the next few years, finished in the top four clubs in the Championship for four years during 1990–1995.
Darryl van der Velde took Castleford to the Challenge Cup final Wembley where they were defeated by Wigan in 1992. A year Darryl van der Velde left to become chief executive of the South Queensland Crushers, he was succeeded by his assistant John Joyner. Through the Darryl van der Velde and early Joyner years Castleford were lauded for their style and were labelled'Classy Cas'; this enjoyable playing style was to come to fruition most spectacularly in 1994, when Castleford were dominating the league. As well as defeating a legendary Wigan team to take the Regal Trophy 33–2, they were semi-finalists in the Challenge Cup and were narrowly defeated in the Premiership final; that season John Joyner, was named Coach-of-the-Year by the RFL. St John Ellis scored a club record 40 league tries over the 1993–94 season; when a Super League was suggested, Castleford resisted a merger with Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers, became a founder member of the Super League in 1996. The team performed weakly at the start of the season causing the resignation of coach John Joyner, the team avoided relegation by a whisker in 1997 following the appointment of Stuart Raper.
The next season, they managed to frustrate the bleak predictions of pundits to move up the league, finishing sixth at the end of the season, after putting in some good performances and pleasing their fans with a sprinkling of victories. In 1999, they continued on this upward trajectory, finishing fifth, as well as making the semi-finals of both the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final play-offs; this became one of the most famous seasons in the clubs recent past, with fans still remembering it with reverence. The team included many home grown players such as current assistant Danny Orr, included that years Man of Steel winner Adrian Vowles. In 2000, the rise seemed to stall, as they repeated their fifth-place ranking and made the play-offs for a consecutive season. Raper left Castleford midway through the 2001 campaign to take charge of Wigan, his assistant Graham Steadman took over the reins as head coach. Castleford made the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2002, however the team was to fall down the table over the years to come.
Gary Mercer guided Castleford to five wins in their last 10 games after replacing Graham Steadman in 2004 but it was too little to save them from the drop as Castleford were relegated for the first time in the club's history. From the introduction of two divisions in the 1972–1973 Northern Rugby Football League season Castleford had spent 32 years in the top flight of British rugby league. Gary
The Wigan Warriors are a professional rugby league club in Wigan, who compete in the Super League, are the current/defending Champions. Formed in 1872 as Wigan Football Club, Wigan was a founding member of the Northern Rugby Football Union following the schism from the Rugby Football Union in 1895. Wigan have won 22 19 Challenge Cups and 4 World Club Challenges. Wigan is the most successful club in English rugby league and had a period of sustained success from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, winning eight successive Challenge Cups and eight League Championships; the club plays home matches at the DW Stadium, having played at Central Park between 1902 and 1999. The head coach is Adrian Lam. On 21 November 1872, Wigan Football Club was founded by members of Wigan Cricket Club following a meeting at the Royal Hotel, Standishgate. Wigan F. C. played near Upper Dicconson Street. The first match took place on 30 November when members played against each other in a practice match at Folly Field. After a series of trial and practice matches, they travelled to Warrington to play their first competitive match on 18 January 1873.
The game ended in a draw. Financial problems and an inability to recruit quality players led to the club amalgamating with Upholland F. C. in 1876. The club became Wigan & District F. C; the club moved and played its home games at the Wigan Cricket Club at Prescott Street just off Frog Lane. It is unlikely that the club fulfilled its fixtures in 1877 before disbanding at the end of the 1879 cricket season. On 22 September 1879, the club was reformed as Wigan Wasps by many ex-members of the original Wigan Football Club, following a meeting in the Dicconson Arms; the club moved away from Prescott Street back to Folly Field. In 1884, Wigan won the West Lancashire Cup; the club played in blue and white hooped jerseys before changing in 1886 to cherry and white hoops. In 1888 they beat a touring New Zealand side. Wigan were suspended by the RFU for breaking the strict amateur code despite their argument that broken-time payments were necessary to avoid undue hardship for their working class players. In 1895 Wigan joined with other clubs from Yorkshire and Lancashire to found the Northern Union which led to the sport of rugby league.
This was a result of the breakaway from the Rugby Football Union. This was when the "Wasps" tag was dropped and the club became known as Wigan; the County Championship was introduced in October 1895 with Cheshire entertaining Lancashire. The Red Rose side contained three players from Wigan: Unsworth and Brown. In 1896–97 due to the increased number of Northern Union teams the Northern League was abandoned in favour of two County Senior leagues; the second half of the season saw the introduction of the Northern Union Cup. Wigan reached the third round before being knocked out by St. Helens. In 1904, fourteen clubs resigned from the two county leagues to form a new Northern Rugby League for season 1901–02. Wigan however remained in the Lancashire Senior Competition. Wigan became sub-tenants of Springfield Park, which they shared with Wigan United AFC, playing their first game there on 14 September 1901. A crowd of 4,000 saw them beat Morecambe 12–0. During this season Wigan won the Lancashire Senior Competition.
Wigan's record crowd at Springfield was 10,000 when they beat Widnes on 19 March 1902. The last game was on 28 April 1902. Two meetings were held by Wigan members during the season to discuss the possibility of turning the club into a Limited Company but the idea did not take off. On 6 September 1902, Wigan played at Central Park for the first time in the opening match of the newly formed First Division. An estimated crowd of 9,000 spectators saw Wigan beat Batley 14–8. In the 1905 -- 06 season they won their first cup, in the Lancashire County Cup. Between 1906 and 1923 Wigan won the Lancashire League another seven times and the Lancashire Cup another four times. Wigan were the first winners of the Lancashire cup. Wigan played New Zealand on 9 November 1907 and ran out winners by 12 points to 8 in front of a crowd of around 30,000. Great Britain known as the Northern Union, played their first test against New Zealand on 25 January 1908. James "Jim" Leytham, Bert Jenkins, John "Johnny" Thomas of Wigan were in the home side and James "Jim" Leytham scored a try.
Bert Jenkins, John "Johnny" Thomas had played in the first Welsh game against New Zealand on 1 January 1908. On Saturday 28 October 1911, Wigan played a match against the Australasian team which visited England on the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and won. On 12 May 1921, Wigan became a limited company. In June 1922 Jim Sullivan joined Wigan from Cardiff RFC when he was only 17, his cash value was put at £750, a staggering signing-on fee for an adolescent who had not yet played 13-a-side rugby. His first game was at home against Widnes on 27 August 1921, he scored ten points in a 21–0 win. Jim Sullivan scored the first points in the first Challenge Cup Final to be played at Wembley Stadium, kicking a penalty after only three minutes of the inaugural Challenge Cup Final against Dewsbury in 1929 in which he led Wigan to a 13–2 victory. Sullivan became player-coach in 1932. Wigan won their first Challenge Cup in the 1923 -- 24 season -- 4 in Rochdale. In 1933 the Prince of Wales attended Central Park, becoming the first royal to watch a rugb
Rugby league positions
A rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field, with four substitutes on the bench. Each of the thirteen players is assigned a position with a standardised number, which reflects their role in attack and defence, although players can take up any position at any time. Players are divided into two general types and backs. Forwards are chosen for their size and strength, they are expected to run with the ball, to attack, to make tackles. Forwards are required to improve the team's field position thus creating space and time for the backs. Backs are smaller and faster, though a big, fast player can be of advantage in the backs, their roles require speed and ball-playing skills, rather than just strength, to take advantage of the field position gained by the forwards. Forwards tend to operate in the centre of the field, while backs operate nearer to the touch-lines, where more space can be found; the diagram, shows the typical positions of each player during a scrum. The laws of the game recognise standardised numbering of positions.
The starting side wear the numbers corresponding to their positions, only changing in the case of substitutions and position shifts during the game. In some competitions, such as Super League, players receive a squad number to use all season, no matter what positions they play in; the positions and the numbers are defined by the game's laws as: Backs1 Full Back 2 Right Wing Threequarter 3 Right Centre Threequarter 4 Left Centre Threequarter 5 Left Wing Threequarter 6 Stand-off Half or Five-eighth 7 Scrum Half or HalfbackForwards8 Prop 9 Hooker 10 Front Row Forward 11 Second Row Forward 12 Second Row Forward 13 Lock ForwardIn practice, the term'front row forward' is rarely used, a team has two props. The scrum half is known as the half back in Australasia, the lock forward is known as loose forward in England. There are seven backs, numbered 1 to 7. For these positions, the emphasis is on ball-handling skills; the "back-line" consists of smaller, more agile players. Numbered 1, the fullback's primary role is the last line of defence, standing behind the main line of defenders.
Defensively, fullbacks must be able to chase and tackle any player who breaks the first line of defence, must be able to catch and return kicks made by the attacking side. Their role in attack is as a support player, they are used to come into the line to create an overlap in attack. Fullbacks that feature in their respective nations' rugby league halls of fame are France's Puig Aubert, Australia's Clive Churchill and Billy Slater, Charles Fraser, Graeme Langlands and Graham Eadie, Great Britain/Wales' Jim Sullivan and New Zealand's Des White. There are four threequarters: two wingers and two centres - right wing, right centre, left centre and left wing; these players work in pairs, with one winger and one centre occupying each side of the field. Known as wingers. There are two wings in a rugby league team, numbered 2 and 5, they are positioned closest to the touch-line on each side of the field. They are among the fastest players in a team, with the speed to exploit space, created for them and finish an attacking move.
In defence their primary role is to mark their opposing wingers, they are usually required to catch and return kicks made by an attacking team dropping behind the defensive line to help the fullback. Wingers that feature in their nations' rugby league halls of fame are Great Britain's Billy Batten, Billy Boston and Clive Sullivan, Australia's Brian Bevan, John Ferguson, Ken Irvine, Harold Horder and Brian Carlson, South African Tom van Vollenhoven and France's Raymond Contrastin There are two centres and left, numbered 3 and 4 respectively, they are positioned just inside the wingers and are the second-closest players to the touch-line on each side of the field. In attack their primary role is to provide an attacking threat out wide and as such they need to be some of the fastest players on the pitch providing the pass for their winger to finish off a move. In defence, they are expected to mark their opposite centre. Centres that feature in their countries' halls of fame are France's Max Rousié, England's Eric Ashton, Harold Wagstaff and Neil Fox, Wales' Gus Risman and Australia's Reg Gasnier, H "Dally" Messenger, Dave Brown, Jim Craig, Bob Fulton and Mal Meninga.
There are two halves. Positioned more centrally in attack, beside or behind the forwards, they direct the ball and are the team's main play-makers, as such are required to be the most skillful and intelligent players on the team; these players usually perform most tactical kicking for their team. Numbered 6, the stand off or five-eighth is a strong passer and runner, while being agile; this player is referred to as "second receiver", as in attacking situations they are the second player to receive the ball and are able to initiate an attacking move. Star players of this position include Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Bob Fulton, Brad Fittler, Laurie Daley and Terry Lamb Numbered 7, the scrum-half or half back is involved in directing the team's play; the position is sometimes referred to as "first receiver", as half backs are the first to receive the ball from the dummy-half after a play-the-ball. This makes them important decision-makers in attack. A rugby league forward pack consists of six players who tend to be bigger and stronger than backs, rely more on their strength and size to fulfill their roles than play-making skills.
The forwards traditionally formed and contested scrums, however in the modern game
Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. Greater Manchester spans 493 square miles, which covers the territory of the Greater Manchester Built-up Area, the second most populous urban area in the UK, it is landlocked and borders Cheshire, West Yorkshire and Merseyside. There is a mix of high-density urban areas, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but land use is urban—the product of concentric urbanisation and industrialisation which occurred during the 19th century when the region flourished as the global centre of the cotton industry, it has a focused central business district, formed by Manchester city centre and the adjoining parts of Salford and Trafford, but Greater Manchester is a polycentric county with ten metropolitan districts, each of which has at least one major town centre and outlying suburbs.
Greater Manchester is governed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which consists of political leaders from each of the ten metropolitan borough councils, plus a directly elected mayor, with responsibility for economic development and transport. Andy Burnham is the inaugural Mayor of Greater Manchester, elected in 2017. For the 12 years following 1974 the county had a two-tier system of local government; the county council was abolished in 1986, so its districts became unitary authority areas. However, the metropolitan county continued to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference, as a ceremonial county, with a Lord Lieutenant and a High Sheriff. Several county-wide services were co-ordinated through the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities between 1985 and 2011. Before the creation of the metropolitan county, the name SELNEC was used for the area, from the initials of "South East Lancashire North East Cheshire". Greater Manchester is an amalgamation of 70 former local government districts from the former administrative counties of Lancashire, the West Riding of Yorkshire and eight independent county boroughs.
Since deindustrialisation in the mid-20th century, Greater Manchester has emerged as an exporter of media and digital content and dance music, association football. Although the modern county of Greater Manchester was not created until 1974, the history of its constituent settlements goes back centuries. There is evidence of Iron Age habitation at Mellor, Celtic activity in a settlement named Chochion, believed to have been an area of Wigan settled by the Brigantes. Stretford was part of the land believed to have been occupied by the Celtic Brigantes tribe, lay on their border with the Cornovii on the southern side of the River Mersey; the remains of 1st-century forts at Castlefield in Manchester, Castleshaw Roman fort in Saddleworth, are evidence of Roman occupation. Much of the region was omitted from the Domesday Book of 1086. During the Middle Ages, much of what became Greater Manchester lay within the hundred of Salfordshire – an ancient division of the county of Lancashire. Salfordshire encompassed several parishes and townships, some of which, like Rochdale, were important market towns and centres of England's woollen trade.
The development of what became Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic flannel and fustian cloth production, which encouraged a system of cross-regional trade. In the late-18th century, the Industrial Revolution transformed the local domestic system. Infrastructure such as rows of terraced housing and roads were constructed to house labour, transport goods, produce cotton goods on an industrial scale for a global market; the townships in and around Manchester began expanding "at an astonishing rate" around the turn of the 19th century as part of a process of unplanned urbanisation brought on by a boom in industrial textile production and processing. This population increase resulted in the "vigorous concentric growth" of a conurbation between Manchester and an arc of surrounding mill towns, formed from a steady accretion of houses and transport infrastructure. Places such as Bury and Bolton played a central economic role nationally, by the end of the 19th century had become some of the most important and productive cotton-producing towns in the world.
However, it was Manchester, the most populous settlement, a major city, the world's largest marketplace for cotton goods, the natural centre of its region. By 1835 "Manchester was without challenge the first and greatest industrial city in the world". In the 1910s, local government reforms to administer this conurbation as a single entity were proposed. In the 18th century, German traders had coined the name Manchesterthum to cover the region in and around Manchester. However, the English term "Greater Mancheste
Iestyn Rhys Harris known by the nickname of "Welsh Wizard", is a former dual-code international professional rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 1990s and 2000s, rugby league coach of the 2000s and 2010s. He played representative rugby league for Great Britain and Wales, at club level for the Warrington Wolves, the Leeds Rhinos where he won the 1998 Man of Steel Award, the Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers, representative rugby union for Wales, at club level for Cardiff RFC and Cardiff Blues, has coached representative rugby league for Wales, at club level for Featherstone Rovers, the Crusaders Rugby League, the Wigan Warriors, Salford Red Devils. Harris was born in Greater Manchester, England, his Abercarn-born grandfather Norman Harris played for. Harris' professional career began with league club Warrington at age 17 in 1993 before a record-breaking £350,000 transfer to Leeds in 1997. Iestyn Harris played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Warrington's 10-40 defeat by Wigan in the 1994–95 Regal Trophy Final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995.
Harris was made captain of Leeds in his first full season at the club at the age of twenty one, became the first Leeds skipper in a decade to lift silverware when Leeds claimed the 1999 Challenge Cup. Harris played at fullback before being switched to stand-off. In 1998, despite having played most of his games at fullback, he was named in the half backs in 1998's Super League Dream Team and collected the annual Man of Steel trophy as the best player in the Super League, he captained Leeds from fullback in their 1998 Super League Grand Final loss to Wigan. A superb goal-kicker, Harris broke the club record for goals in a season in 1999 with 168, he was named at stand-off in 1999's Super League IV Dream Team, broke the 2,000 career points total two years later. Harris matched the record for scoring the most points in a Challenge Cup Final when he scored 20 points in Leeds' 52-16 victory over London Broncos in the 1999 Challenge Cup Final during Super League IV at Wembley Stadium, London on 1 May 1999.
This equalled the record set by Neil Fox in Wakefield Trinity's victory over Hull F. C. in the 1960 Challenge Cup Final. In 2001, Harris made a £ 1.5 million switch to Cardiff Wales. Harris made his début for the Welsh side on 10 November 2001. Having played only 200 minutes of rugby union before his international début, Harris struggled with his tactical kicking; this led to a move from fly-half to inside centre. Harris played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia where Wales lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners, despite leading the game for 60 minutes. Harris made it clear that he wanted to return to League. In 2004, Harris returned to rugby league, he joined Bradford Bulls after a contractual fight with former club Leeds. His salary was reputed to be £1 million over 4 seasons. Harris played for the Bradford Bulls at stand-off in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos. Harris was selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament.
In the final against Australia he played at stand-off in the Lions' 44–4 loss. Harris wrote a book, published in October 2005, detailing his moves between codes called Iestyn Harris: There and Back – My Journey from League to Union and Back Again. Harris was part of the 2005 Bradford Bulls squad that became the first side in the history of Super League to win the Grand Final when finishing third in the final league ladder, he played for the Bradford Bulls at stand-off, kicking a goal in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against Leeds Rhinos. Harris was Bradford Bulls' captain for one year in 2006 taking over from Leeds-bound Jamie Peacock; as Super League champions Bradford Bulls faced National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Harris captained the Bradford Bulls from stand-off, kicking five goas from six attempts in their 30–10 victory. On 10 May 2006, Harris announced he would be retiring from playing international rugby league with Great Britain, just a week after being named in a 36-strong training squad for a June 2006 Test against New Zealand.
Harris, who won the last of his 15 Great Britain caps against Australia in November 2005, said he wanted to concentrate on his club career. On 26 September 2006, he confirmed that he would continue to play for Wales, was scheduled to return to the side against Scotland at the Brewery Field, Bridgend in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match on Sunday 29 October 2006, he was forced to pull out through injury hours before kick-off. Harris kicked a club record 15 goals against Toulouse Olympique in a record 98–6 win on 19 April 2008. Harris had been linked to a player-coach role with Crusaders, but he decided to sign for National League One club Featherstone Rovers instead. Harris signed a 2-year deal at Featherstone Rovers, as well as playing, he took his first steps into coaching and working in the marketing department of the club, he made his d!bt for Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 15 February 2009, he played his last match for Featherstone Rovers during the 2009 season. On announcement of his tenure as assistant coach to Brian Noble at Celtic C