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New Robins coach Webster concentrating on short term improvements

New Hull KR interim Head Coach James Webster is looking for an immediate improvement when the Robins travel to Huddersfield on Sunday for his first game in charge.

Webster - whose previous coaching experience included 11 months as Head Coach of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - was appointed at the weekend, following the departure of Chris Chester. Rovers are currently second from bottom in the Super League table, with just one point from five matches.

Webster, who spent three years as a player at Craven Park, has only been given the job until the end of the current season. There's been no announcement yet about who might be taking over then, though chairman Neil Hudgell has intimated he could still have a place on the coaching staff next year.

The 36 year old Australian, who's latterly been in charge of the new City of Hull Rugby League Academy, admits that his experiences as a Rovers player influenced his decision to take the job.

Poching aims for head coach job

Willie Poching says he wants the chance to become a head coach after being handed the Hull KR job on a temporary basis.

Poching will take charge of the team for this Friday's Super League clash against St Helens after Chris Chester was sacked this morning following a winless start to the new season.

A former Wakefield and Leeds player, Poching has been coaching since hanging up his boots in 2006. He started at former club Leeds as academy coach, before stepping up to become then head coach Tony Smith's number 2. He followed the Aussie to Warrington in 2012, before moving to Hull KR take up the assistants job at the start of last season.


Hull KR criticise decision to uphold Boudebza ban

Hull Kingston Rovers have issued a statement after a disciplinary appeal into the four-match ban given to hooker John Boudebza was rejected.

Whilst we have no option but to accept the RFL’s decision, we would like to place on record our support for John and our belief that there was no malice intended in this tackle.

Teaching or encouraging players to use a dangerous tackle technique is not something we do or condone at this club and not something that we want to be part of our DNA.

The tackle was awkward rather than dangerous or reckless and we strongly defend any allegations of intent on John’s part.

It is our belief that tackles of this nature are part and parcel of playing such a tough sport, but we do of course fully sympathise with Michael Shenton and the Castleford Tigers. Nobody involved in rugby league wishes injury on another player and we hope Michael makes the speediest recovery possible.

I personally understand just what he is going through as I suffered a career-threatening ACL injury with complications myself a few years ago in an awkward tackle and while I was very disappointed to be injured, I understood that due to the physicality of Rugby League these injuries can occur.

– Jamie Peacock, Hull KR Head of Rugby

Hull KR Chairman Neil Hudgell has criticised the RFL disciplinary process as "not fit for purpose." He added: "In this instance a serious injury occurred and I have every sympathy with the player but you cannot ban a player for inflicting an injury caused by the type of tackle effected literally hundreds of times over a season."

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