Hull FC have announced the signing of former Catalan Dragons centre or second rower Setaimata Sa, who has spent the last 18 months in rugby union with London Irish.
The 26-year-old Samoa-born former New Zealand international, who was a member of the Kiwis' World Cup-winning squad in 2008, has signed for the Black and Whites to the end of the 2015 season and is set to make his debut in Friday's game against Leeds at Headingley.
The 6ft 3in Sa spent four seasons in the NRL with Sydney Roosters before moving to Super League in 2009 and scored 24 tries in 69 appearances for the Dragons.
Hull FC have confirmed that squad members Joe Arundel and Jay Pitts have joined Bradford Bulls on loan until the end of the season.
Both players have made just five appearances between them in Super League this season and will have the chance to gain some game time with the Bulls.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said, "They're down the pecking order at the moment at the club and at their age they need the opportunities to get games and play.
"The emergence of Dean Hadley in the back row has probably limited Jay's opportunities in a position that is very competitive with the likes of Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman, Chris Tuson, Richard Whiting and Jordan Thompson all able to play there.
Bulls coach Francis Cummins has expressed his delight at the club's double capture, insisting both Pitts and Arundel will add pace and power to his squad.
“Jay and Joe are young, hungry and hugely talented individuals who we are extremely excited to have on board.
“I coached Jay at Leeds, so I know a fair bit about him, and Joe has a proven track record at this level. Both of them need to be playing in the sport's top flight and we are pleased to be able to provide them with opportunities to do so.
“Jay will bolster our pack, as he has an ability to play in a number of different positions, while Joe provides much-needed competition in our three-quarter line.
“I am sure both of them are itching to get out there and we are excited about what they can bring to the team.
"Kirk Yeaman has been consistently our strongest centre for a number of years. Whiting has also played in there a few times too this season. This is a good chance for them to show what they're about and take the opportunity and I think they'll be better for it."
Craig Sandercock has praised his Hull KR players for keeping their heads to give him what he called his best win as coach.
The Robins saw off local rivals Hull FC 21-20 thanks to a Craig Hall drop goal with 46 seconds left, on a night when the video referee was one of the hardest working people in the ground.
The Robins had three tries denied at the screen and felt they had other decisions go against them, not to mention losing a 10-point lead before winning the game all over again.
"I'm happy the boys dug so deep under some extreme adversity. That's a year's worth in one night," the Australian said of the amount of decisions he felt had gone against his side.
"I'd have to say yes (his best win), considering the amount of adversity. I don't want to comment but I was very disappointed at a myriad of decisions.
At 20-16 ahead and with just under 10 minutes to go, Rovers sub James Green dropped the easiest of chances to score another try, shelling a pass a yard from an unguarded line.
Hull then scored through Fetuli Talanoa to make it 20-20, but Richard Whiting failed with the conversion and Hall won the day.
Hull have pulled out of their move to sign Bath and England Saxons winger Tom Biggs.
The Black and Whites announced the capture of the 29-year-old Hull-born Biggs on a three-year contract last October and had hoped to have him on board as a replacement for the departed Tom Briscoe for the start of the 2014 season.
However, Biggs was unable to secure a release in time and Hull say they have now switched their sights on another replacement for Briscoe, who moved to Leeds in the winter.
A Hull spokesman said: "The player has been unable to agree an early release from his current club and Hull FC have decided to withdraw their offer with their current Super League campaign now well under way."
Hull, who fell at the first hurdle of the Tetley's Challenge Cup on Thursday night, say they could have a new signing on board inside the next fortnight.
Biggs, who is out of contract with Bath at the end of the season, has been linked with a move to Premiership rivals Worcester.
Hull FC will be without captain Gareth Ellis for their Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against Salford after he was given a two-match ban.
The former England forward submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade C charge of making a dangerous shoulder charge during his side's 7-0 home Super League defeat by Widnes on Sunday.
It means Ellis will miss Friday's League match against Salford at the KC Stadium, as well as the cup tie between the two clubs six days later.
Hull coach Lee Radford has named an unchanged squad for the trip to St Helen's and is almost certain to stick with veteran half-back Richard Horne alongside newcomer Jordan Rankin following their opening win over Catalan Dragons, which again means no place for scrum-half Jacob Miller.
Hull have thrown experienced winger Liam Colbon a Super League lifeline.
The 29-year-old former Wigan, Hull KR and London Broncos player has signed a 12-month contract and becomes the Airlie Birds' ninth new addition for the 2014 season, although the club are still awaiting the arrival of Bath winger Tom Biggs.
The 6ft 2in Colbon was among the major clear-out at the Broncos when they moved lock, stock and barrel out of Twickenham at the end of last season and had faced an uncertain future.
A graduate of Wigan's academy, Colbon has made 132 top-flight appearances since his debut for the Warriors in 2004, and has scored 45 tries.
It promises to be a big weekend for Hull as both of the city's Super League clubs get their campaigns underway. First up tonight is Hull FC - who take on the Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium.
Then on Sunday the Hull Kingston Rovers welcome Leeds Rhinos to the newly named KC Lightstream Stadium.
Chris Dawkes has assessing both clubs chances:
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The Bradford Bulls are to take legal action for " breach of contract " following former England international Gareth Carvell's move to Hull FC.
A spokeperson for the Bulls said:"This information has come as a great surprise to all of us at the club. We believed that due to Gareth taking wages since last year and the fact that he still now has a club sponsored car we would be able to come to an understanding that would work out for all.
"We have now been left with no alternative but to take legal action.
“A letter was sent to Carvell from the club explaining that they did not accept his refusal to transfer to Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, adding that his playing contract will only allow him to resign if the club is guilty of serious and persistent breach of the terms and conditions of this agreement.
“We are of the opinion that no such breach has taken place and therefore we assert that he was not entitled to resign from his position as the transfer of his employment in itself does not constitute a serious or persistent breach of the terms and conditions of his agreement.
“The letter went on to explain the Agreement, which was entered into last year, is with “the Club” being referred to as “Bradford Bulls”. The change in ownership does not affect this Agreement given that Bradford Bulls remains as the "Club.“
"The letter finished off by requesting that Carvell return to work/training immediately.
“The club’s board will now turn back to the governing body to request guidance in this matter as well as moving forward with their own legal action.
"The board in no way wants to restrict a player from plying their trade but this and recent situations like this, could set an extremely dangerous precedent in regards to player contracts and, if all parties are not made accountable, they be viewed as ‘not worth the paper they’re written on’. "