Hull KR have given goalkicking winger Josh Mantellato permission to miss Friday's Super League trip to Wigan in order to be best man at his brother's wedding in Australia.
Mantellato, an Italy international, has been a big success in his first season in Super League so far and is the leading points scorer but Rovers say they were made aware of the situation before he signed for them last November.
Mantellato, who scored 30 points in the Robins' Challenge Cup win over Bradford earlier this month, flew to Australia after last Saturday's game against Catalans and will be back in England on Sunday ready for the club's home game against Wakefield next Thursday
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Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge.
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.
Former England and Great Britain rugby league captain Jamie Peacocck is to retire from playing at the end of the season to become Football Manager at Hull Kingston Rovers
The Leeds Rhinos prop confirmed his retirement from rugby league today after completing a tenth and final campaign with the Headingley club.
Peacock, who has won eight Super League Grand Finals as well as making over 500 appearances for Leeds, Bradford, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain, will then move to the KC Lightstream Stadium to take up his new challenge from next season.
“The Rhinos are a blueprint for a successful sporting business and the challenge for me now is to take those lessons and try and implement my own thoughts in a new environment.
“Hull KR are a club with huge potential within a city that is rugby league mad and having invested wisely in their facilities in recent years. I know a number of people over there already and I am looking forward to working with Chris Chester, Willie Poching, Mike Smith and Neil Hudgell in my new role.
“Whenever we have gone over there to play, it is clear Rovers have a fanatical supporter base. I think it is vital that you have a hard core of good people who want the club to succeed to be able to build and plan for development in the future.
“Now that I have the next chapter of my career finalised, I am fully focused on finishing my time with Leeds as strongly as possible and leaving my home town club in the best possible position.”
A winner of multiple Grand Final, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge matches throughout his career, Peacock is a former England and Great Britain captain who was crowned Man of Steel in 2003 and awarded his MBE three years ago for his services to the sport.
Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell added: “We are delighted to have secured Jamie to the full-time position of Football Manager for the next two years.
“He is a proven champion at the highest level in our sport and we look forward to working with him, drawing on his experiences and contacts and generally raising the profile and performance of the club in key areas.
“I’m sure he will have a big role to play in helping to attract young English talent to Hull Kingston Rovers and in helping to develop a winning culture on and off the field.”
“I think this is an inspired appointment by Hull KR and I know Jamie will be very good at what will be a very different challenge.
“He has been at the heart of all our success over the past decade and his performances and influence at the club cannot be overestimated.
" He will leave a lasting legacy and all our best wishes will be with him when he swaps his training kit for a new suit at the end of the season.”
Hull KR have announced they have released former Leeds prop Ryan Bailey with immediate effect due to personal reasons.
Bailey, 30, was one of 14 new signings made by the Robins ahead of the 2015 season but he made only one substitute appearance, in a 44-24 defeat at Wakefield in the second match of the campaign.
Rovers say Bailey was dogged by hamstring and Achilles injuries and that they reached an agreement with the player's representatives to release him to allow him "to focus on matters off the field".
I would like to thank Hull Kingston Rovers for the way they have conducted themselves during our discussions over the past few weeks. They have respected Ryan's right to privacy throughout this process and have offered him their full support. We couldn't have asked for any more during what has been a difficult time in Ryan's private life, but it's now best to move on for all parties.
Bailey joined the Robins as a direct replacement for Australian Justin Poore, who retired through injury at the end of last season.
Bailey had spent all his career at the Rhinos, with whom he won six Grand Finals, three World Club Challenge titles and the 2014 Challenge Cup in 14 seasons.
Wakefield Wildcats vs Huddersfield Giants
Widnes Vikings vs Hull KR
The team for today's match: Cockayne, Mantellato, Welham, Salter, Sio, Campese, Kelly, Walker, Lunt, Burke, McCarthy, Blair, Larroyer.
Hull KR prop Michael Weyman has announced his retirement with immediate effect at the age of 30 after failing to recover from a knee injury.
Weyman made 24 appearances for the Robins after joining them from St George Illawarra at the start of last season but has missed their opening four Super League matches of 2015, and after undergoing knee surgery a fortnight ago has now decided to hang up his boots.
The former Canberra and New South Wales forward, who was a Grand Final and World Club Challenge winner with the Dragons, will now return home to Australia with his family.
It has meant a lot to me to play for Rovers and I would like to thank the supporters and everybody at the club for making my family and I feel so welcome over the last 18 months. We've really enjoyed our time here and we've met some great friends who we'll continue to stay in touch with after we move back to Australia. It's a sad way to end my career but unfortunately these things happen and I've been lucky enough to achieve what I have in the game. It's now time to look at the bigger picture and think about my family.My knee isn't responding to treatment and I wanted to do the right thing by the club as well. I don't want to be sitting in the stands for most of the year.
We are disappointed to lose a player of Mick's calibre but he has been a great servant to the club during his time here and he leaves with our best wishes for the future. He's been a great leader for this club and this is not the way he would have wanted to end his career, but he's played at the highest level and can be rightly proud of what he's achieved in the game. We've already begun the search for a replacement for Mick and we're looking both in this country and overseas. We now have a full quota spot to play with but we won't be rushing into any decisions. We have a really close-knit squad this year and whoever we bring in will have to fit in both on and off the field.
Hull FC and Hull KR begin their Super League season's this afternoon
The Airlie Birds face a trip to the Huddersfield Giants in their opening fixture, whilst Rovers are at home to Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos.
Both black and whites Head Coach Lee Radford and Robins boss Chris Chester are looking forward to the challenge.
Former Australian international Terry Campese has been named as Hull Kingston Rovers’ new captain for the 2015 season.
Campese takes over as skipper following the departure of last season’s co-captains Josh Hodgson and Travis Burns and the ex-New South Wales representative said he’s excited about the role.
“It’s a huge honour for me. This club’s got a lot of history behind it, it’s a very proud club and I can’t wait to run out there with the boys,” he said.
“Being captain does come with a bit of added pressure, people expect you to perform and lead the team each and every week and that’s something I’m keen to do here. I want to knuckle down and play my best football for this club.
“I think when playing in the halves you have to grow up quite quickly and boss the senior players around. When I first joined Canberra, I played with some greats of the game and I had to learn to do that.
“Taking on that responsibility is something that came quite naturally and quickly to me and it’s something I love doing. I love leading the boys out and I can’t wait to lead out this Rovers team, get out there and play in front of this home crowd.
“I think we’re in for an exciting year and hopefully 2015 can be the season fans see Hull Kingston Rovers creep up that table again.”
Hull KR's new prop Mitch Allgood has received the necessary visa clearance to start his three-year contract and will arrive in the country next week.
The former Parramatta Eels front row has been itching to join his teammates at the KC Lightstream Stadium since signing for the club last month and will further show his commitment to the cause by flying into the UK on Christmas Eve.
One of 13 new signings for next season, Allgood has racked up 70 first team appearances for the Eels and was also selected in the 2012 City Origin side.
Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing in at 110kg, the 25-year-old will add another physical presence to the Robins pack next season and is a former Rookie of the Year at Parramatta.
Mitch will add a lot to the team with his size and aggression and we’re excited about seeing him on the training field with the rest of the squad. Having spoken to him, he’s desperate to get over here and get cracking. He’ll have a few days off over Christmas to settle in but he’ll be in on the 28th when the rest of the squad report back.
With Terry Campese arriving in the country that day as well, we’ve got a big few weeks ahead of us and we’re really looking forward to having both of those guys on board.