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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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Rovers prop banned for derby clash

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge.

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge. Credit: Press Association

Green was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with the grade B offence on his former team-mate Travis Burns, the St Helens stand-off, during his side's 24-20 win over the champions on Friday and submitted an early-guilty plea.

Green will be available for the Robins' Easter Monday home game against Huddersfield while centre Darrell Goulding will be eligible to play in both Easter fixtures after submitting an early guilty plea to a minor grade A trip on Saints centre Jordan Turner.

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Radford still upbeat despite first Hull FC defeat

Hull coach Lee Radford refused to be downbeat despite his side losing 7-6 at home to Warrington.

Lee Radford Credit: Press Association

Written off by many in pre-season, they won 19-0 at Huddersfield last weekend and this performance ranks them as being better than they were given credit for.

Seven points conceded from two games against two of last season's top four represents a significant statement and had they had a little more composure at the death they could have won it themselves.

"I'm encouraged for sure as if you're going to lose, that's how to lose," said Radford, who had to make three enforced changes from the Huddersfield win.

"It's one of the worst build-ups I've had as we've been pulled to pieces with injury and sickness.

"We chased the game, some of the stuff didn't come off but that's the way to do it. I thought all the players were really admirable.

"We were coming off a four-day turnaround. I was really pleased we had some squad players come in and show they can be relied on."

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