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20-try Crooks in Hull's Wembley line-up

Hull coach Peter Gentle insists he is not taking a risk by playing 20-year-old centre Ben Crooks in tomorrow's Challenge Cup final.

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis and his Wigan rival Sean O'Loughlin

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Watts out for four weeks

Liam Watts
Liam Watts Credit: Press Association

Hull FC forward Liam Watts will miss the opening month of the First Utility Super League season because of a knee injury.

The 23-year-old former Hull KR prop sustained knee-ligament damage during his side's pre-season friendly defeat at Featherstone last weekend.

"It's obviously disappointing for us and especially Liam who is a big part of our pack," said Hull coach Lee Radford. "His presence will be missed but it presents another opportunity for another of the players."

Davies back for Tigers

Curtis Davies is available again for Hull's Barclays Premier League match at Swansea on Monday.

The defender missed the midweek defeat at Arsenal through suspension and boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to recall him in place of James Chester.

Striker Matty Fryatt will also be hoping to figure for Hull having recently returned to the club following a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Chester, Faye, Figueroa, Bruce, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Boyd, Brady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Gedo, Graham, Fryatt.

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Hull make it super seven

Jordan Rankin takes Hull's new signings up to seven Credit: Hullfc.com

Hull have taken their number of new signings to seven with the capture of former Australian Schoolboys captain Jordan Rankin from Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal.

The 21-year-old stand-off will be a straight replacement for Daniel Holdsworth, who was released at the end of the 2013 season to enable him to return to the NRL, and was signed on the recommendation of his new half-back partner and former team-mate Jacob Miller.

Rankin made his NRL debut at the age of 16 but went on to make just 17 further appearances.

He will line up alongside Mickey Paea, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Chris Tuson, Jordan Thompson, Tom Biggs and Fetuli Talanoa at the new-look Black and Whites.

Video: Funeral of Steve Prescott MBE

Hundreds turned out today to pay their last respects to a man who made his name in the rough and tough world of rugby league - and ended up inspiring a nation with his incredible fund raising.

Steve Prescott defied the odds for so long after being diagnosed with cancer but eventually lost his battle with the diseases just over a week ago. He played for Hull FC and Wakefield and dozens of international stars were in Saint Helens today to say a final goodbye. Emma Wilkinson reports.

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Hundreds turn out for Steve Prescott funeral

Hundreds line the streets for Steve Prescott funeral

Hundreds of people lined the streets of St Helens ahead of the funeral of St Helens rugby league star Steve Prescott.

Mourners turn out in droves to say goodbye to Steve Prescott Credit: ITV

The 39-year-old passed away after battling a rare form of stomach cancer for the last seven years. He raised almost half a million pounds for research in a series of endurance challenges, including marathons, walks and bike rides. The money raised went to the Steve Prescott Foundation.[

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Steve Prescott funeral Credit: ITV

Prescott was part of an all-conquering St Helens team. An outstanding full back, he scored 340 points for his home town club during five glittering seasons.

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Steve Prescott funeral details

Steve Prescott
Steve Prescott Credit: ITV Granada

The funeral of former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity rugby league star Steve Prescott will be held on Monday , November 18.

The 39-year-old former Great Britain full back died at the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

A Requiem Mass will be held in Lowe House Church in his hometown of St Helens followed by a private committal St Helens crematorium.

Book of condolence at KC Stadium

Prolific fund-raiser Steve Prescott Credit: Calendar news

Hull FC is to open a book of condolence in memory of former player - and prolific fundraiser - Steve Prescott, later this week. It will enable fans to pay tribute to the father-of-two, who has died, aged 39, after a long battle with cancer.

Since being told his illness was terminal, seven years ago, Mr Prescott raised half a million pounds for charity. A book of condolence has already been opened at St Helen's, where he also played.

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