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Hull FC pair join Bulls on loan

Hull FC have confirmed that squad members Joe Arundel and Jay Pitts have joined Bradford Bulls on loan until the end of the season.

Joe Arundel Credit: Press Association

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.

Jay Pitts Credit: Press Association

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."

Hull KR coach praises players for dramatic derby win

Craig Hall drop goal snatched win for Robins Credit: PA

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 pull out of Bath winger move

Hull have pulled out of their move to sign Bath and England Saxons winger Tom Biggs.

Tom Biggs Credit: Press Association

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.

Ellis banned for Hull cup tie

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.

Gareth Ellis given two-match ban Credit: PA

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.

More of the same from Radford

Lee Radford Credit: Press Association

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.

Colbon handed Hull chance

Hull have thrown experienced winger Liam Colbon a Super League lifeline.

Liam Colbon

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.


Preview: Weekend's rugby league action

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:

Warrington back-row joins Bulls

Bradford have snapped up Warrington back-row forward Danny Bridge and are now on the lookout for a new prop following confirmation of Garreth Carvell's move to Hull.

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Bulls coach Francis Cummins' already-slim resources were stretched further when Carvell, the club's major close-season signing from Warrington, pulled out of his two-year deal to return to his first professional club.

Carvell's move comes less than a week after Bradford issued a hands-off warning to Hull but it is thought the player was able to obtain a release from his contract due to the recent change of ownership.

Carvell is the second close-season signing to leave the Bulls without making a single Super League appearance, with second rower Frank Winterstein released at his own request.

Garreth Carvell has moved to Hull Credit: Press Association

Cummins has brought in Bridge, the 21-year-old younger brother of Warrington's former Bradford centre Chris Bridge, as a stop-gap measure, initially on a month's loan, and is now scouring the market for a front rower.

Bridge, who made two Super League appearances for the Wolves last season, trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Wednesday and, with an injury doubt over new signing Dale Ferguson, is likely to go straight into the Bradford side for Sunday's opening game against Castleford.

Bradford already have centre James Saltonstall on loan from Warrington and may make a move for Welsh prop Ben Evans, who spent last season on loan at Odsal but is in the Wolves squad for Thursday's game against St Helens.

The cash-strapped Bulls have lost star forwards John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead in the last six months but they received some good news this week with the decision of front rower Adam Sidlow and half-back Luke Gale to sign two-year contract extensions.

Gale, the club's new vice-captain, had been targeted by Hull and had already been linked with a move to Wakefield.

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