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Larroyer given one-match ban

Kevin Larroyer given one-match ban Credit: Press Association

Hull Kingston Rovers' second-rower Kevin Larroyer has been given a one-match ban after admitting a shoulder charge during his side's defeat in the Hull derby.

The French international submitted an early-guilty plea after being charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel with a grade B offence.

It means that Larroyer will miss Rovers' Super League game at St Helens on Friday but will be free to play in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington at Headingley on Saturday week.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester is set to give new signing Dane Chisholm his debut at stand-off against Saints and switch Maurice Blair to Larroyer's second-row spot.

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Robinson swaps Hull KR for Halifax

Hull KR have released hooker or half back Connor Robinson to allow him to join Championship club Halifax with immediate effect.

The 20-year-old came through the Robins' academy ranks and made his Super League debut against London Broncos last season but has found first-team opportunities limited and, after recently playing for Halifax on dual-registration, has signed a one-year deal with them.

KR head coach James Chester said: "I've got no doubt that Connor has the potential to be a Super League player but he needs regular game time in order to develop and unfortunately we aren't in a position to be able to guarantee him that."

Hull KR sign Chisholm on loan

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed former French international half back Dane Chisholm from Canterbury Bulldogs on loan until the end of the season.

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The 25-year-old, who has also had spells Melbourne Storm, Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles during his career, has become the latest player to join the Robins and will link-up with the club later this week.

With club captain Terry Campese sidelined for the rest of the campaign, Chisholm will provide cover for half backs Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair as well as adding further competition for places across the back division.

Chisholm, who has scored three tries in four international appearances for France after qualifying through his mother and grandparents, will be handed squad number 35.

Hull KR Head Coach Chris Chester is delighted with the signing:

Dane has been really impressive for Canterbury’s reserve grade side this year and he’s an exciting player to watch. As well has having plenty of experience at playing in the halves, he’s got blistering pace and he’s a great finisher too, so he gives us plenty of options.

– Head coach Chris Chester - Hull KR Head Coach

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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Hull KR coach calls on club legend to help inspire Challenge Cup success

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Chris Chester has called on a club legend from the past to help inspire his team ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter final against Catalans tonight.

Earlier this week Chester invited former player Mike Smith to talk to his players about the 1980 Challenge Cup final, in which Rovers beat their bitter rivals Hull FC at Wembley. Chris Dawkes has the story

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