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World Cup winner Manu joins Hull

Hull have announced the signing of World Cup-winning forward Sika Manu.

Sika Manu has joined Hull FC Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the Black and Whites and will move to England at the end of the season from Penrith.

Manu lifted the World Cup with New Zealand in 2008 while also winning the NRL with Melbourne in 2012, developing a reputation as a fearsome, all-action player.

Manu has over 150 NRL appearances to his name and, having also captained Tonga, will bring a wealth of experience to the KC Stadium.

He joins Mahe Fonua, Frank Pritchard, Scott Taylor and Carlos Tuimavave in joining Hull for next season.

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North Stand at KC Stadium to be closed from next year

Hull FC say they have been told by Stadium Management Company (SMC) that the North Stand at the KC Stadium will be closed from 2016 due to cost cutting measures.

KC Stadium Credit: Press Association

As a result, away supporters will be relocated to the north end of the East Stand - the same section of the stadium that is now used for Hull City football fixtures.

The closure is part of a cost cutting exercise by the Stadium Management Company and not a decision made by Hull FC.

Whilst we're extremely disappointed by this decision, we understand the financial reasons involved.

– Hull FC statement

Watts facing lengthy ban after biting charge

Hull prop Liam Watts is facing a heavy suspension after being charged with biting an opponent.

Watts is facing a ban after being charged with biting an opponent Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old former Hull KR forward is accused of biting fellow front rower Adam Walker in the Hull derby at the KC Lightstream Stadium a fortnight ago.

Watts was charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel, which normally makes its recommendations on the Monday after each game but were forced to wait for the findings of a formal investigation into the incident.

Watts is facing a grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

He has started each of Hull's last 16 matches but, if he is found guilty and handed the most severe punishment, his season would be over.

Watts does not have the option of submitting an early-guilty plea and so will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday, three days before Hull play the first of seven matches in the Super 8s.

Hull FC arrive in Austria for pre-season tour

Hull City have arrived in Austria for their pre-season tour, where they will play 2 games against German side Hannover and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain FC.

The fans began arriving in Salzburg yesterday. Many travelled around Europe last year to follow the Tigers on their first ever foray in European competition. But for some it was their first time following the club abroad.

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Hull FC win race for New Zealand star

Hull FC have finally won the race to sign New Zealand star Carlos Tuimavave.

Carlos Tuimavave (left) Credit: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

The Black and Whites have been chasing the 23-year-old utility back for 12 months and had to stave off competition from clubs both here and in the NRL, including his current club Newcastle Knights whom he joined this season.

Tuimavave will join Hull FC on a three year deal from 2016, subject to international clearance.

Speaking to Hull FC Tuimavave said:" I am excited to be joining Hull next season and the opportunity to play regular first grade football at one of the biggest clubs in Super League.

While I am focused on finishing the season well at the Knights, I am looking forward to moving my family to England and making a positive contribution to Hull Football Club. "

Pearson back Radford despite poor form

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has backed Head Coach Lee Radford despite recent poor form.

Pearson has criticised the recent performances of The Airlie Birds, who've lost their last four matches, with their latest defeat against bottom-of-the-table Wakefield, who they'll face again tomorrow. It leaves them in in danger of missing out on a top-eight finish.

But he believes the pressure should be on him and the players.

Hull clubs in controversial move to merge academies

Hull FC and Hull KR are to risk the wrath of their fans by casting aside their fierce rivalry to merge their youth development systems.

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In a controversial move, the Super League clubs are to combine their academies from 2016 at a new set-up based at Bishop Burton College, the home of Hull City's academy.

The clubs have yet to come up with a name for the under-16 and under-19s teams but have agreed they will play in the neutral colours of yellow and blue while progress to the first teams will be determined by a draft system.

The move has been welcomed by the Rugby Football League.

It is in no way, shape or form a pre-cursor to a full merger between the clubs. We have always been outspoken about the pride, passion, history and rivalry that exists between the two sides and that will never change.

– Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell

We often shout about Hull as a hotbed of rugby league talent, a founding home for the sport, but the harsh reality is that the talent pool is smaller than it once was. The base cost of running successful academies of this nature is growing and the opportunity to spend quality and focused development time with our young athletes faces numerous challenges.

– Hull FC owner Adam Pearson
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