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Hull KR secure capacity increase ahead of derby

Hull KR will be looking forward to a bumper crowd at Thursday's game against Hull FC - and not just because it's a derby.

Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby
Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby Credit: Press Association

The club has increased the capacity of the KC Lightstream Stadium by around 700.

Now, 12,255 fans will be cheering on the teams in one of Super League's fiercest rivalries.

The Robins' CEO Mike Smith said: "After reaching a near capacity crowd for the opening game of the season we wanted to look at where we could increase the capacity even further.

"We’ve made no secret of the fact we are an ambitious club with regards to our off the field development and we want to target two to three games a season where we have big capacity crowds so this is an important step in fulfilling that strategy."

New Rovers signing says Super League competition is as good as NRL

New Hull KR signing Wayne Ulugia says he is looking forward to the competition of the Super League.

Wayn Ulugia signs for Hull KR
Wayne Ulugia signs for Hull KR Credit: Hull KR

The winger signed for Hull after coming through the ranks at the North Queensland Cowboys.

However, the Townsville club parted company with him just before the start of the current campaign for disciplinary reasons.

"I made a few rookie errors and that taught me a lot about life and football," he said. "I've come over to Hull KR as I was told by good friends that it's a good family club with a close bunch of players.

"It's a fresh start for me and I feel that I have a lot to give to the game. The plan is to do that at Hull KR and myself and my family are really looking forward to being happy over here.

"I've watched a few games and to tell you the truth, I don't think there is a lot of difference between the NRL and Super League.

"People back in Australia say that the competition over here isn't up to the standard of the NRL but I disagree. I think it's pretty similar and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to experience Super League footy."

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Rovers sign Kiwi winger Ulugia

Hull KR have signed Junior Kiwi Wayne Ulugia following his release by North Queensland Cowboys.

Hull KR
Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The 21-year-old Auckland-born winger has signed a contract to the end of the 2015 season and could get an early debut in the absence of injured threequarters David Hodgson and Sean Gleeson.

"Wayne is a player who I've watched coming through the ranks at North Queensland Cowboys," Rovers coach Craig Sandercock said.

"He's also played for the Junior Kiwis and is a good, young talent with a lot of potential whom I'm looking forward to working with. We believe he'll be an asset to our squad going forward and are delighted to have him on board."

Ulugia, who can also play centre and full-back, broke into the Cowboys team towards the end of last season when he scored six tries in four appearances, including a hat-trick against Wests Tigers.

Hull KR extend Gardner loan

Gardner extends Rovers stay Credit: PA

Hull KR have extended the loan of winger Ade Gardner to the end of the season.

Gardner moved east from St Helens to ease an injury crisis at the KC Lightstream Stadium and has impressed enough for the deal to be lengthened.

"Ade has been terrific for us while he's been here," said coach Craig Sandercock.

"He's the ultimate professional and has brought plenty of experience and talk to the side."

Rovers call up for Lovegrove

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock makes two changes to the side that beat Bradford, bringing in forwards Rhys Lovegrove and Jason Netherton for the suspended Justin Poore and the injured Jamie Langley.

Rhys Lovegrove Credit: Press Association

Wakefield have loose forward Danny Washbrook back from a two-match absence with a calf strain and centre Dean Collis returns to take the place of Jimmy Keinhorst, who aggravated a hamstring injury in the defeat by St Helens.

RFL respond to Hull KR chairman's criticism

The Rugby Football League has responded to criticism from the Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell.

Mr. Hudgell wrote an open letter to the League's review panel demanding they stand down over what he described as "inconsistent decisions".

The RFL issued the following response today.

Rugby League’s disciplinary process is the envy of many other major sports and is held in high regard for its transparency, consistency and fairness. The sport has long been in the vanguard for its readiness to embrace technology and the use of video replays, both during and after games, means player are more accountable for their actions than ever before. The individuals involved on the Match Review Panel and disciplinary Tribunals all bring considerable expertise, including experience on the playing field at international level, to the process.

That tribunal process is totally independent and constantly reviewed: the RFL is in regular contact with club coaches, players and others to ensure our disciplinary systems are as fair, consistent and effective as they can be. We remain committed to improving the system wherever we can.

– Blake Solly,RFL Director of Standards and Licensing

Read Mr Hudgell's letter here.


Hull KR Chairman blasts review panel

The Hull KR Chairman, Neil Hudgell, has written an open letter to the Rugby Football League review panel demanding they stand down.

He claims that a series of decisions have been made in error and says the group are "not fit for purpose".

Mr Hudgell has criticised the review panel for what he describes as "inconsistent decisions" relating to games this season.

The full statement can be read here.

The RFL is yet to respond to Mr Hudgell's letter.

Robins swoop for Gardner

Hull KR have moved to ease their injury crisis by signing St Helens winger Ade Gardner on loan.

The Robins have lost David Hodgson, Omari Caro, Sean Gleeson and Craig Hall already this season, leading coach Craig Sandercock to sign Gardner for a month.

The 30-year-old has scored 173 tries in 286 appearances for Saints - although first-team opportunities have been harder to come by over recent years.

"With David, Omari, Sean and Craig all missing at the moment, we are very thin in the outside backs. That being the case, we've had no real option but to go into the loan market and Ade Gardner fits the bill perfectly for us," Sandercock said.

Langley returns for St Helens clash

Hull KR have lost front-rower Jonny Walker with a knee injury but Jamie Langley returns after a bout of concussion and Michael Weyman and Justin Poore are back from suspension. Craig Hall is set to deputise for winger Omari Caro, who is out with a hand injury.

Langley is carried off against Huddersfield Giants

Samoan heavyweight Mose Masoe is set to make his eagerly-awaited debut for St Helens after recovering from ankle surgery. Saints also have stand-off Gary Wheeler available after missing last week's win over Salford with a dead leg.

Hull KR player could lose eye after assault

Sean Gleeson remains in hospital

Hull KR centre Sean Gleeson may lose an eye after he was attacked outside a nightclub.

The 26-year-old was punched in the face a number of times following a row outside a bar in Wigan in the early hours of Sunday.

Two men, aged 21 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and have been police bailed until 28 April 2014 pending further enquiries.

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