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Hull captain to miss season opener

Hull will start the new season without captain Gareth Ellis, who is being given more time to fully recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Gareth Ellis won't be available for Hull on Friday Credit: Press Association

The former England forward is back in full training after spending eight months on the sidelines but will not be risked against Salford, who visit the KC Stadium on Friday.

"Gareth's been in full training for two weeks but we are trusting our staff to bring him back at the right time," coach Lee Radford said.

Hull are set to give debuts to new signings Mahe Fonua, Sika Manu, Frank Pritchard, former Salford prop Scott Taylor and Carlos Tuimavave but there is no place for former Leeds and Wakefield full-back Lee Smith, who is currently on trial at the club.

Salford could have as many as nine debutants after including newcomers Justin Carney, Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Phil Joseph, Craig Kopczak, Rob Lui. Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O'Brien and Matt Sarsfield in their 19-man squad.

Gavin McDonnell set for world title eliminator

Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell will face Jorge Sanchez in an official eliminator for the WBC Super-Bantamweight world title in Manchester later this month.

Gavin McDonnell Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old will feature on the undercard of the unification battle between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27.

Victory over the unbeaten Panamanian will put McDonnell in reach of a world title shot against WBC ruler Julio Ceja – the man that his brother Jamie beat to become world champion for the first time.

I’m more than ready to prove that I can become a World champion. I know that Sanchez is going to be a tough fight and I will have to be at my best, but that’s what I am in the sport for – fighting the best and winning titles.

– Gavin McDonnell

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Pryah unveiled as Yorkshire CCC women's coach

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have unveiled Richard Pyrah as the Club’s first ever Head Coach of the Women’s Cricket Super League team.

Richard Pyrah has been unveiled as the Head Coach of YCCC Women's team Credit: Press Association

Pyrah, who ended his playing career in 2015 after a 12-year stint with the White Rose County, will split his duties as Head Coach alongside his full-time role with the Yorkshire men’s set-up.

This is an exciting time to be involved in women’s cricket especially around the advent of the Women’s Cricket Super League,” said the 33-year-old, who has spent part of the winter developing his coaching education in Australia with the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades Big Bash franchises, who both have men’s and women’s teams playing at the elite level.

The potential for the women’s game across the world is immense and already in short time that have been working at Headingley as a coach, you can see the opportunity for the players and the club to deliver a successful team both on and off the field

– Richard Pyrah

Steve Prescott's family to take on charity Everest climb

Steve Prescott died from cancer in 2013 Credit: Press Association

The family of former rugby league player Steve Prescott are taking part in a hike to Everest Base Camp to raise money for a charity in his name.

The former Hull FC and Wakefield star took on various challenges before he lost his battle with cancer in 2013.

Widow Linzi and son Taylor will take on the climb in October, hoping to complete the trek in 11 days.

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Wayne Bennett is new England RFL head coach

The RFL has confirmed that Wayne Bennett is to become the new Head Coach of the England Rugby League team. It follows the departure of former Bradford Bulls boss Steve McNamara.

Bennett, the most successful Australian Rugby League coach in history has agreed a two-year deal that will see him take charge of the England team through the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup.

I am very excited by the challenge of taking England on to the next level. From what I have seen I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed on the international stage.

– Wayne Bennett

Steve McNamara leaves role as England head coach

Steve McNamara: no longer head coach Credit: PA

Steve McNamara has left his role as England head coach, the Rugby Football League has confirmed.

The 44-year-old former Bradford boss, who was appointed in 2010, was out of contract at the end of November's Test series against New Zealand and has been told he will not be offered a new deal.

The move is set to pave the way for the appointment of veteran Australian Wayne Bennett as the new England head coach.

The RFL has concluded that with the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, now is the time to make any change to the England set-up.

Steve McNamara has been the longest serving national coach in our history and it is undoubtedly the case that the national team and set up have moved on considerably under Steve’s leadership. We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve McNamara for his considerable efforts over the years to both the England senior team and the underlying programme. He leaves with our very best wishes and on a high, after a series win over New Zealand.

– RFL chief executive Nigel Wood

Tigers complete two deals on Deadline day

Hull City managed to get two signings over the line on transfer deadline, including Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on loan until the end of the season.

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The Tigers also signed Slovakian international goal keeper Dušan Kuciak on an 18-month deal from Legia Warsaw.

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