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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."

Horne signs extension with Rovers

Hull KR back-row forward Graeme Horne has signed a new 12-month contract with an option for a further season at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Graeme Horne has signed a contract extension with Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The 30-year-old former Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants player has made 96 appearances for the Robins, including last month's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final, since joining them four years ago.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: "Graeme has been a consistent performer for us in the back row during his time at the club and his versatility and experience make him an important part of the squad.

"It's important that we retain a lot of stability in the side next year to build on what we've achieved in 2015 and keeping hold of people like Graeme forms a big part of that."

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Cockayne pens Hull KR contract extension

Long-serving Hull Kingston Rovers winger or full back Ben Cockayne has signed a new contract extension that could take him through to his tenth season with the club.

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The former England Knights international was out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with a further one-year option that could keep him at the KC Lightstream Stadium until the end of 2017.

Cockayne has made 180 appearances and scored 68 tries in his two spells with the Robins and having re-joined Rovers last season after playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, he said he’s happy to commit his future to a club that means so much.

From my point of view, I just wanted to keep playing for a club that has been a big part of my life for all kind of reasons. I’m very appreciative for all they’ve done for me and it’s a privilege to be able to contribute for hopefully another couple of years.

– Ben Cockayne

Robins release charity version of 80s hit to mark Wembley final appearance

Hull Kingston Rovers have teamed up with 80's chart stars Erasure to record a special edition version of their song "A Little Respect" to mark the club's appearance in this month's Challenge Cup final, with all proceeds going to charity.

80's chart stars Erasure

The song, which features vocals from the club's first team squad as well as the original backing track from the band, is available to download now for just 99p from iTunes (other stores to follow soon), with proceeds split between Freddie's Friends, Downright Special and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Organised jointly by Hull KR, Erasure, their management, BMG Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the charity single is expected to prove popular with Robins supporters celebrating a first Challenge Cup Final appearance in almost 30 years after they adopted the song as the club's second anthem in recent weeks.

Social media footage of Rovers fans singing along to the tune after the recent semi-final victory over Warrington first attracted Erasure lead singer Andy Bell's attention to the club and that connection is set to strengthen on the road to Wembley after the players recorded a charity version at local studio Fruit Trade Music.

"When I saw the video of the Hull KR fans singing the song together and the club contacted me to ask if they could re-release it for charity, it was an easy decision.

"It's fantastic to see what the song means to those fans and I couldn't believe how many of them were singing along who wouldn't have even been born when the song was originally released.

"The proceeds are going to three fantastic causes so I hope people get behind it and download the track. I'll be keeping a close eye on the Cup Final result on August 29th and wish everyone at the club the best of luck."

– Andy Bell, Erasure singer

The special-edition version of "A Little Respect" will now become the club's official song for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley on Saturday, 29th August, with representatives of the charities joining the players and coaching staff in the studio this week to record the song and the track's official music video.

"We've seen over the past couple of weeks how our supporters have really taken this song to their hearts, especially during the celebrations after our semi-final victory.

"When Andy Bell uploaded his own tribute video to the club after the game, everything went one step further and the song has gone on to encapsulate a very special moment for the club on this season's run to Wembley.

"Red, Red Robin will always be the traditional anthem associated with Hull Kingston Rovers and that will never change but we also wanted to celebrate a special connection between Erasure's song and our club this season.

"Recording a special edition of the track before the Challenge Cup Final with all the proceeds going to charity seemed like the perfect option.

"It's taken a lot of hard work to get the necessary permission for this project and our thanks go out to Erasure's management team, BMG Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing for their support, as well as our players and the people at Fruit Trade Music for getting involved.

"It's now down to our supporters and music fans to play their part in helping to raise money for three very worthy causes by downloading the track. Given the excitement around the club for the Challenge Cup Final and their love for this song, I'm sure the charity single will prove very popular."

– Mike Smith, Hull KR CEO

Proceeds from the new edition of "A Little Respect" will be split between the Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity nominated by Andy Bell which supports people with HIV, and Hull KR's joint Charities of the Year for 2015 Downright Special and Freddie's Friends.

The club's charity edition of "A Little Respect" is available to download now for just 99p from iTunes. It will also be available on Google Play shortly.

Rovers will also be producing 100 limited-edition vinyl copies and these will be available to order online in the near future atwww.hullkr.co.uk/shop priced at £15.

All vinyl copies will be available to collect after the Challenge Cup final and £5 from each copy sold will be donated to the charities.

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