Cardiff University is a public research university in Cardiff, Wales. Founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, it became one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales in 1893, in 1997 received its own degree-awarding powers, it merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1988. The college adopted the public name of Cardiff University in 1999, in 2005 this became its legal name, when it became an independent university awarding its own degrees; the third oldest university institution in Wales, it is composed of three colleges: Arts and Social Sciences. Cardiff is the only Welsh member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities, it is recognised as providing high-quality, research-based university education, placed between 100th and 200th in the world by the four major international rankings, in the top 60 in all three UK achievement tables. It ranked 5th in the UK among multi-faculty institutions for the quality of its research and 17th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
For 2017–2018, Cardiff had a turnover of £516.1 million, including £106.0 million from research grants and contracts. The university has an undergraduate enrolment of 23,085 and a total enrolment of 31,595 making it one of the ten largest universities in the UK; the Cardiff University Students' Union works to promote the interests of the student body within the University and further afield. The university's sports teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues. Discussions on the founding of a university college in South Wales began in 1879, when a group of Welsh and English MPs urged the government to consider the poor provision of higher and intermediate education in Wales and "the best means of assisting any local effort which may be made for supplying such deficiency."In October 1881, William Gladstone's government appointed a departmental committee to conduct "an enquiry into the nature and extent of intermediate and higher education in Wales", chaired by Lord Aberdare and consisting of Viscount Emlyn, Reverend Prebendary H. G. Robinson, Henry Richard, John Rhys and Lewis Morris.
The Aberdare Report, as it came to be known, took evidence from a wide range of sources and over 250 witnesses and recommended a college each for North Wales and South Wales, the latter to be located in Glamorgan and the former to be the established University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. The committee cited the unique Welsh national identity and noted that many students in Wales could not afford to travel to University in England or Scotland, it advocated a national degree-awarding university for Wales, composed of regional colleges, which should be non-sectarian in nature and exclude the teaching of theology. After the recommendation was published, Cardiff Corporation sought to secure the location of the college in Cardiff, on 12 December 1881 formed a University College Committee to aid the matter. There was competition to be the site between Cardiff. On 12 March 1883, after arbitration, a decision was made in Cardiff's favour; this was strengthened by the need to consider the interests of Monmouthshire, at that time not incorporated into Wales, the greater sum received by Cardiff in support of the college, through a public appeal that raised £37,000 and a number of private donations, notably from the Lord Bute and Lord Windsor.
In April Lord Aberdare was appointed as the College's first president. The possible locations considered included Cardiff Arms Park, Cathedral Road, Moria Terrace, before the site of the Old Royal Infirmary buildings on Newport Road was chosen; the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire opened on 24 October 1883 with courses in Biology, English, German, History, Latin and Astronomy, Welsh and Philosophy, Physics. It was incorporated by Royal Charter the following year, this being the first in Wales to allow the enrolment of women, forbidding religious tests for entry. John Viriamu Jones was appointed as the University's first Principal at the age of 27; as Cardiff was not an independent university and could not award its own degrees, it prepared its students for examinations of the University of London or for further study at Oxford or Cambridge. In 1888 the University College at Cardiff and that of North Wales proposed to the University College Wales at Aberystwyth joint action to gain a university charter for Wales, modelled on that of Victoria University, a confederation of new universities in Northern England.
Such a charter was granted to the new University of Wales in 1893, allowing the colleges to award degrees as members. The Chancellor was set ex officio as the Prince of Wales, the position of operational head would rotate among heads of the colleges. In 1885, Aberdare Hall opened as the first hall of residence, allowing women access to the university; this remains a single-sex hall. In 1904 came the appointment of the first female associate professor in the UK, Millicent Mackenzie, who in 1910 became the first female full professor at a chartered UK university. In 1901 Principal Jones persuaded Cardiff Corporation to give the college a five-acre site in Cathays Park. Soon after, in 1905, work on a new building commenced under the architect W. D. Caröe. Money ran short for the project, however. Although the side-wings were completed in the 1960s, the planned Great Hall has n
South Africa national rugby union team
The South Africa national rugby union team known as the Springboks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea; the team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team. Although South Africa was instrumental in the creation of the Rugby World Cup competition, the Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991 because of anti-apartheid sporting boycotts of South Africa; the team made its World Cup debut in 1995, when the newly democratic South Africa hosted the tournament. The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15–12 in the final, now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history, a watershed moment in the post-Apartheid nation-building process. South Africa regained their title as champions 12 years when they defeated England 15–6 in the 2007 final.
As a result of the 2007 World Cup tournament the Springboks were promoted to first place in the IRB World Rankings, a position they held until July the following year when New Zealand regained the top spot. They were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards; the Springboks compete in the annual Rugby Championship, along with southern-hemisphere counterparts Argentina and New Zealand. They have won this championship on three occasions in sixteen years, they play Test matches against the various rugby-playing nations. Their position in the World Rugby Rankings has varied between No. 7 positions. The first British Isles tour took place at Diocesan College; these were the first representative games played by South African sides. The tourists won; the British Isles' success continued on their tour of 1896, winning three out of four tests against South Africa. South Africa's play improved from 1891, their first test win in the final game was a pointer to the future. In 1903 the British Isles lost a series for the first time in South Africa, drawing the opening two tests before losing the last 8–0.
Rugby was given a huge boost by the early Lions tours, which created great interest in the South African press. South Africa would not lose another series—home or away—until 1956; the first South African team to tour the British Isles and France occurred during 1906–07. The team played tests against all four Home Nations. England managed a draw; the trip instilled a sense of national pride among South Africans. The South Africans played an unofficial match against a'France' team while the official French team were in England, it was during this tour. The 1910 British Isles tour of South Africa was the first to include representatives from all four Home unions; the tourists won just one of their three tests. The Boks' second European tour took place in 1912–13, they beat the four Home nations to earn their first Grand Slam, defeated France. By the first World War, New Zealand and South Africa had established themselves as rugby's two greatest powers. A Springbok tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1921 was billed as "The World Championship of Rugby".
The All Blacks won the first Test 13–5, The Springboks recovered to win the second Test 9–5, the final Test was drawn 0–0, resulting in a series draw. The 1924 British and Irish Lions team to South Africa lost all four Tests to the Springboks; this was the first side to pick up the name Lions picked up from the Lions embroidered on their ties. The All Blacks first toured South Africa in 1928, again the Test series finished level; the Springboks won the first Test 17–0 to inflict the All Blacks' heaviest defeat since 1893. The All Blacks rebounded to win the second Test 7–6. After a Springbok win in the third Test, the All Blacks won 13 -- 5. Despite winning South Africa's second Grand Slam, the Springbok tourists of 1931–32 were an unloved team, due to their tactics of kicking for territory, it was successful however, winning against England, Ireland and Wales, as well as defeating all their Welsh opponents for the first time. In 1933, Australia toured South Africa, with the Springboks winning the series 3–2.
In 1937 South Africa toured New Zealand and Australia and their 2–1 series win prompted them to be called "the best team to leave New Zealand". The British Isles toured South Africa again in 1938; the Springboks secured easy victories in the first two tests. However, the Lions bounced back to record a win in the third test, for the first Lions win on South Africa soil since 1910. Danie Craven was appointed coach in 1949, started his coaching career winning ten matches in a row, including a 4–0 whitewash of New Zealand on their 1949 tour to South Africa; the 1951–52 team that toured Europe was considered amongst the finest Springbok sides to tour. The team won the Grand Slam as well as defeating France. Hennie Muller captained the side; the South African highlight of the tour was a 44–0 defeat of Scotland. The team finished to London Counties, from 31 matches. In 1953, Australia toured South Africa for the second time and although they lost the series they defeated South Africa 18–14 in the second test.
This was the first Springbok defeat for 15 years. The 1955 British Lions tour to South Africa four-test series ended in a draw. In 1956, Springboks toured Australasia the All Blacks won its first series over the Springboks, in "the most bitterly fought series in histor
Iestyn Thomas is a former Wales international rugby union player. In April 2012, he retired from rugby due to injury. A prop forward, Thomas started his rugby career with home-town club Pontypool RFC, but moved to the top division with Ebbw Vale RFC, he was Mike Ruddock's choice as captain as he kept Ebbw Vale in the league and had an impressive campaigns in the Parker Pen Cup. In 2002, Thomas joined Llanelli RFC with 11 Welsh caps to his name, he progressed to the Scarlets regional team, for whom he played in more than 200 games over a nine-year career. Thomas made his international debut for Wales on 11 November 2000 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against Samoa, he came off the bench in matches against the USA and South Africa. Thomas played in three matches in the 2002 Six Nations, as well as playing two Tests against the Springboks in South Africa, against New Zealand at the end of the year. After playing in the 2003 Six Nations Championship, playing in two Tests for Wales in June, Thomas was included in Wales' 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, where he played in three matches.
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The Celtic Warriors were a rugby union team from Wales, who played in the 2003–04 Celtic League and the 2003–04 Heineken Cup following the introduction of regional rugby union teams in Wales. They were a temporary merger of Pontypridd RFC and Bridgend RFC; the Celtic Warriors played just one season before disbanding. The Warriors were one of the five original regions of the Welsh Regional Rugby Era; the club came into being in the summer of 2003 when the Welsh Rugby Union controversially elected to reduce the current top tier of Welsh Professional Rugby from nine clubs into five regions, attempting to mirror the successful formats of rugby union in Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. Representing the mid-Glamorgan area, including Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Bridgend, south Powys, the Celtic Warriors was in practice a combination of two Welsh Premier Division clubs, Pontypridd RFC and Bridgend RFC. With Bridgend RFC having clinched the 2002–03 Welsh Premier League title and Pontypridd RFC being strong in those competitions, the Warriors were considered one of the strongest line-ups of the five Welsh regions.
However, problems dogged the region from the start, as they did with the other merged regions of the Neath-Swansea Ospreys and the Newport Gwent Dragons. Discussions and arguments abounded about the team name and home grounds for most of the summer of 2003; the name "Valley Ravens" was a controversial choice but seen by many as a fair compromise, however various marketing persons within the Welsh Rugby Union did not like it. "The Crusaders" and "Celtic Crusaders" met with widespread disapproval from both sets of fans as it incorporated neither team's identity. "Celtic Warriors" was decided upon more out of the need for a name than from any real agreement. Argument over team colours ran alongside the naming problem until a compromise blue and white shirt was unveiled and satisfied most people, as did the initial decision to play an equal number of games at Bridgend's Brewery Field and Pontypridd's Sardis Road; the team itself performed well for a squad completely rebuilt over the summer, acquitting themselves well in both the 2003–04 Celtic League and the 2003–04 Heineken Cup.
However financial problems at Pontypridd RFC led to the sale of their half of the Warriors to Bridgend RFC owner Leighton Samuel, which he in turn gave to the WRU, a move that would condemn the club. Further problems occurred as Samuel made the decision to abandon Pontypridd's Sardis Road in favour of playing all Warriors games in Bridgend; this brought the club into conflict with a large proportion of its fan base and attendances fell. Trouble followed in the Spring and early Summer of 2004 where Leighton Samuel threatened and revoked threats of selling the club; this transaction was considered to be binding, the Warriors became 100% owned by the WRU who decided to liquidate the club on 1 June 2004. Samuels claimed that the WRU had promised to keep the region going for a second season but reneged on the deal, he challenged the Union over this in a high court case which the Union settled just before it came to court. With the demise of the club, players' contracts were torn up as they were pushed around to fill positions in the other four regional sides.
A number chose to turn their back on the Welsh game and moved to teams in England and France. This left. In the aftermath of the demise of the Warriors, a new rugby league club Celtic Crusaders was formed and played out of Brewery Field, they were funded by Leighton Samuel, who claimed that they were the reincarnation of the Warriors franchise. The club lasted four seasons in Bridgend before relocating to Wrexham under new ownership; the "Warriors" shared their home games between Sardis Road. Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality. Arwel Thomas and Caleb Ralph both agreed terms to join the Celtic Warriors for the 2004–05 season, as the region was disbanded before their contracts began, neither player represented the region. Richard Parks: Following his retirement from rugby, Parks embarked on the 737 Challenge; the challenge was to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's 7 continents and stand on all 3 poles within a 7-month period.
Parks completed the challenge on 12 July 2011 in a world record 6 Months, 11 Days, 7 Hours and 53 Minutes setting a new benchmark in the world of climbing and polar expeditions. The challenge raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Since the 737 challenge, Parks has appeared in a number of documentaries about his various expeditions, in Antarctica on 4 January 2014 he completed an unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole, covering 1,150 km in 29 days, 19 hours and 24 minutes, the fastest solo for a Briton. Gareth Thomas: Held the Welsh try scoring record and became the first Welsh player to gain 100 caps. Thomas represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league, winning 4 rugby league caps for Wales and scoring 3 tries. Thomas came out as gay in December 2009, is stated to be the world's first gay professional Male Athlete; the following year he was voted the most influential gay person in the UK in the IoS Pink List and received Stonewall’s Hero of the Year award.
Neil Jenkins: Formerly the world record points score
Italy national rugby union team
The Italy national rugby union team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship against the other top rugby teams in Europe. The team is known as the Azzurri. Italy has been playing international rugby since 1929, for decades were considered one of the best European teams outside the Five Nations Championship. Since 2000, Italy competes annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, Ireland and Wales, they were the holders of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy for 2013, played annually against France. Italy is ranked 15th in the world by the IRB as of 22 April 2016. Italian rugby came to prominence in 2000 when it was added to the Five Nations, creating the Six Nations. On the end of some heavy defeats, the side has grown in competitiveness, recording a fourth-place finish in 2007 and 2013, in defeat, lop-sided losses are less frequent; the Azzurri have shown respectable results when playing at home in recent years: during the 2011 Six Nations, the side defeated France 22–21, in the 2013 Six Nations, Italy won again at home against France, defeated Ireland 22–15.
Italy have competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament in 1987, where it played the inaugural game against New Zealand, but have yet to progress beyond the first round. The team has developed a reputation for being a consistent middle player at the tournament. Italy's showings since the inception of a new group stage formula in 2003 have followed a pattern where they managed two wins and two losses; the current head coach is Conor O'Shea. Number eight Sergio Parisse is their current captain; the first match played by an Italian XV was in 1911 between US Voiron of France. On 25 July of the same year the "Propaganda Committee" was formed which in 1928 became the Federazione Italiana Rugby. In May 1929, Italy played their first international losing 9–0 against Spain in Barcelona. In 1934, Italy was one of the founder members of today's Rugby Europe. World War II meant an hiatus for Italian rugby union. Post-war, there was a desire to return to normal and Italian rugby union entered a new dimension thanks to the help of Allied troops in Italy.
In the 1970s and 1980s rugby union made enormous progress thanks to great foreign players and coaches in the Italian championship. Foreign coaches were and continue to be chosen for the national team, like Bertrande Fourcade and Georges Coste. In 1973, the national team went on a tour of South Africa, coached by ex-Springbok prop Amos Du Plooey. Tours of England and Scotland followed, as well as games against Australia and New Zealand, the masters of their day. In 1978, Italy first played Argentina at Rovigo, winning 19–6. Since the mid 1980s, the Italian national side had been pursuing the ambition of playing in an expanded Five Nations Championship. Winning against nations that now play in the European Nations Cup, good results against the major nations such as France, Scotland and Ireland meant that they were talked as strong candidates. In 1986, Italy hosted an England XV squad in Rome, drawing 15–15; the Azzurri took part in the first-ever Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on 22 May 1987.
The match proved a one-sided affair with New Zealand convincing 70–6 winners against a young Italian side. John Kirwan to become the Italian national coach, scored one of the tournament's greatest-ever tries for the All Blacks. Italy beat Fiji but finished third in their pool, failing to make the finals. In 1988, they played Ireland for the first time. At the 1991 World Cup, Italy were grouped in a tough pool with the likes of England and the All Blacks, they lost both of these games but beat the USA. Italy first played Wales in 1994. At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, Italy came close to beating England, they finished third in their pool again above the Argentines. The late 1990s saw the Italians build a formidable side and record Test victories over Five Nations opposition. In 1996, a deal between British Sky Broadcasting and the Rugby Football Union meant that England home games were shown on Sky. England were threatened with being expelled from the Five Nations to be replaced by Italy; this threat was never carried out.
In 1996, Italy toured England and for the first time Scotland, losing all matches. The team recorded two consecutive victories over Ireland in 1997. On 22 March 1997 they recorded their first win over France, 40–32. In January 1998, Scotland were the victims with Italy winning 25–21. At the 1999 World Cup, Italy were lost again, they went home before the knock-out stage. Italy joined the Six Nations Championship in 2000 but their admission coincided with the departure of some of their best players, they won their opening game against the reigning champions Scotland 34–20. Thereafter they struggled to compete against the other nations and their participation was called into question; the 2001 and 2002 tournaments were disappointing as they did not win a
Rugby union known in most of the world as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end. Rugby union is a popular sport around the world, played by male and female players of all ages. In 2014, there were more than 6 million people playing worldwide, of whom 2.36 million were registered players. World Rugby called the International Rugby Football Board and the International Rugby Board, has been the governing body for rugby union since 1886, has 101 countries as full members and 18 associate members. In 1845, the first football laws were written by Rugby School pupils. An amateur sport, in 1995 restrictions on payments to players were removed, making the game professional at the highest level for the first time.
Rugby union spread from the Home Nations of Great Britain and Ireland and was absorbed by many of the countries associated with the British Empire. Early exponents of the sport included New Zealand, South Africa and France. Countries that have adopted rugby union as their de facto national sport include Fiji, Madagascar, New Zealand and Tonga. International matches have taken place since 1871 when the first game took place between Scotland and England at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh; the Rugby World Cup, first held in 1987, takes place every four years. The Six Nations Championship in Europe and The Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere are other major international competitions, held annually. National club or provincial competitions include the Premiership in England, the Top 14 in France, the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand, the National Rugby Championship in Australia, the Currie Cup in South Africa. Other transnational club competitions include the Pro14 in Europe and South Africa, the European Rugby Champions Cup in Europe, Super Rugby, in the Southern Hemisphere and Japan.
The origin of rugby football is reputed to be an incident during a game of English school football at Rugby School in 1823, when William Webb Ellis is said to have picked up the ball and run with it. Although the evidence for the story is doubtful, it was immortalised at the school with a plaque unveiled in 1895. Despite the doubtful evidence, the Rugby World Cup trophy is named after Webb Ellis. Rugby football stems from the form of game played at Rugby School, which former pupils introduced to their university. Old Rugbeian Albert Pell, a student at Cambridge, is credited with having formed the first "football" team. During this early period different schools used different rules, with former pupils from Rugby and Eton attempting to carry their preferred rules through to their universities. A significant event in the early development of rugby football was the production of the first written laws of the game at Rugby School in 1845, followed by the Cambridge Rules drawn up in 1848. Other important events include the Blackheath Club's decision to leave the Football Association in 1863 and the formation of the Rugby Football Union in 1871.
The code was known as "rugby football". Despite the sport's full name of rugby union, it is known as rugby throughout most of the world; the first rugby football international was played on 27 March 1871 between Scotland and England in Edinburgh. Scotland won the game 1-0. By 1881 both Ireland and Wales had representative teams, in 1883 the first international competition, the Home Nations Championship had begun. 1883 is the year of the first rugby sevens tournament, the Melrose Sevens, still held annually. Two important overseas tours took place in 1888: a British Isles team visited Australia and New Zealand—although a private venture, it laid the foundations for future British and Irish Lions tours. During the early history of rugby union, a time before commercial air travel, teams from different continents met; the first two notable tours both took place in 1888—the British Isles team touring New Zealand and Australia, followed by the New Zealand team touring Europe. Traditionally the most prestigious tours were the Southern Hemisphere countries of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa making a tour of a Northern Hemisphere, the return tours made by a joint British and Irish team.
Tours would last for months, due to the number of games undertaken. Touring international sides would play Test matches against international opponents, including national and county sides in the case of Northern Hemisphere rugby, or provincial/state sides in the case of Southern Hemisphere rugby. Between 1905 and 1908, all three major Southern Hemisphere rugby countries sent their first touring teams to the Northern Hemisphere: New Zealand in 1905, followed by South Africa in 1906 and Australia in 1908. All three teams brought new styles of play, fitness levels and tactics, were far more successful than critics had expected; the New Zealand 1905 touri
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