Bradford boss John Kear admits it’s difficult to prepare his players for the size of Sunday’s occasion.

The Bulls travel to a sold-out Headingley to face Leeds in a pre-season fixture that will raise funds for Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

He said: “How we handle it, I don’t know. I’ve never been in a game like this.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in games with big crowds and coach in games with big crowds, but never one with this reasoning behind it.

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“I don’t know. We’ll obviously try to prepare ourselves as best we can and try to react in a positive way, but it’s going to be tough at times.

“It’s going to be emotional, but I just want everybody to have a fantastic day, including the players and coaching staff on both sides.

“I want fans on both sides, fans throughout the game, fans watching on TV, everybody to have a great day.

“I feel that would be a fitting tribute to the cause.”

The entire sport has rallied behind Burrow following last month’s motor neurone disease diagnosis and Kear says the Bulls will pay the game “the ultimate respect”.

“It’s about Rob, it’s about the day, it’s about the occasion and I just want us to play our part in a very positive manner.

“It says a great deal about Rob’s character and how well he’s loved, liked and respected within the game.

“Nobody I’ve ever came across has had a bad word to say about the fella and his infectious enthusiasm just spread through the teams he played for.

He added: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Rugby League family have all pulled together and sold Headingley out.

“It’s going to be a massive game and all I want my players to do is to show the ultimate respect for such a fine guy as a Rob, and also to Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who’s contributed to Rugby League in many positive ways.

“We want to show respect for those two people and put on a real good performance.”

The match will feature appearances from several legendary former players from both clubs, but Kear admits it’s still a game he wants to take something from as part of the Bulls’ pre-season.

“I’d love to win, but I think the result is immaterial.

“What is material and what does matter is how well we play and how well we respect the people that have paid in, the opposition, but more importantly Rob Burrow.

“We still want to get a lot out of the fixture and we’re fully aware of the interchanges of the legends coming on, but until then we’ve got to be focused on a competitive game of Rugby League.”

He added: “We have to finalise one or two things in terms of our selection.

“It’s a very tough pre-season that we’re in and there’s bumps and bruises, but we want to put as strong a squad out as we can.

“It’s a chance to test ourselves against a very strong Super League side who I am sure will be emotionally charged for this.

“Rob is very well liked throughout the game and he’s on a high pedestal at the Rhinos club, so they’ll be ready, and we’ve got to make sure we’re able to handle that and play as well as we can.”

Meanwhile, Kear confirmed that prop Liam Kirk has reacted positively to concussion protocol after being knocked out in the Boxing Day win at Castleford.

The Bulls boss also indicated that the club is likely to make an announcement regarding a dual-registration agreement with a Super League club in the coming days.