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Eden recalled as Rover's injury troubles mount up

Hull KR have recalled full-back Greg Eden from his loan spell at Salford after losing his replacement, Ben Cockayne, with a serious knee injury.

Greg Eden Credit: Press Association

Cockayne, who has made a successful switch to full-back from the wing, is set to be miss most of the rest of the season after picking up the injury in Sunday's 54-12 defeat at Castleford.

Eden has made five appearances for the Red Devils and, although his initial one-month loan spell was extended, Rovers retained the right to recall him at any time.

Hull KR's heavy defeat at Castleford proved particularly costly, with prop Michael Weyman sent off and subsequently banned for two matches for abusing the referee and second rowers Kevin Larroyer and Jordan Cox both sustaining fractured ankles.

Cox extends stay with Hull KR

Hull KR have announced that forward Jordan Cox has signed a new two-year contract at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Jordan Cox signs new deal at Hull KR
Jordan Cox signs new deal at Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The prop or second rower, who turned 22 this week, follows fellow Academy graduates James Green and Macauley Hallett in committing himself to the First Utility Super League club this month.

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock said: "It's really important as a club that we keep hold of our homegrown players and it's great that Jordan has committed to Hull KR for the next two seasons at least."

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Hull KR coach praises players for dramatic derby win

Craig Hall drop goal snatched win for Robins Credit: PA

Craig Sandercock has praised his Hull KR players for keeping their heads to give him what he called his best win as coach.

The Robins saw off local rivals Hull FC 21-20 thanks to a Craig Hall drop goal with 46 seconds left, on a night when the video referee was one of the hardest working people in the ground.

The Robins had three tries denied at the screen and felt they had other decisions go against them, not to mention losing a 10-point lead before winning the game all over again.

"I'm happy the boys dug so deep under some extreme adversity. That's a year's worth in one night," the Australian said of the amount of decisions he felt had gone against his side.

"I'd have to say yes (his best win), considering the amount of adversity. I don't want to comment but I was very disappointed at a myriad of decisions.

At 20-16 ahead and with just under 10 minutes to go, Rovers sub James Green dropped the easiest of chances to score another try, shelling a pass a yard from an unguarded line.

Hull then scored through Fetuli Talanoa to make it 20-20, but Richard Whiting failed with the conversion and Hall won the day.

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.

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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.

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