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Hull FC sign Championship centre

Hull FC have announced the signing of young centre, Nick Rawsthorne, from Halifax RFLC for the 2017 season.

Lee Radford is pleased to have the 20-year-old on board Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old has signed an initial one-year deal with an option in the club's favour should they wish to extend his deal.

A convert from rugby union, where he represented England U18s and Leeds Carnegie, Rawsthorne also had a spell in the academy at Leeds Rhinos before joining Halifax.

I'm really pleased to add Nick to the squad next year, I think he has all the attributes to become a first-team regular for our club.

He has been very impressive in the reserves competition this year for Halifax, particularly when he played against us, whilst is accuracy with his goal kicking is also a real plus.

He is at a great age to progress his career to the next level and along with Jack Logan coming through the long term future of our outside backs looks very promising.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

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Arona extends stay at Wildcats

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year contract extension with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, with the option of a further year.

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year extension with the Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old forward joined from NRL side Cronulla sharks and has featured in 12 games for the Wildcats this season, bagging two tries in the Challenge Cup clash against Sheffield Eagles.

I am very happy, it is good to know that I am secure here for another year and hopefully for a second year too. It was the right decision for me and my family and we are really happy here at the moment, I am now just looking forward to the rest of the season and the next.

I’m enjoying my time playing under Chris Chester, he has brought a lot of structure and confidence to the team and I think this is what we needed. Earlier on in the season when we were not doing so well I knew there was only a matter of time before we started to bring some wins together and a lot of credit goes to Chezzy for doing this.

– Tinirau Arona, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Lee Radford signs new deal at Hull FC

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has signed a contract extension keeping him with the Black and Whites until the end of the 2019 season.

Lee Radford extends his stay at Hull FC to end of 2019 Credit: Press Association

The 37-year-old was in the final year of his original deal, after taking charge of the club in 2014.

This comes as the Airlie Birds announce three of their homegrown forwards Josh Bowden, Chris Green and Dean Hadley will also be staying at the KCOM Stadium until the end of the 2019 season.

The timing of the announcement alongside the players who have signed up obviously shows the stability and the foundation of the club.

It was an unbelievably easy decision for me. The support he [Adam Pearson] has shown since day one has made my job so much easier.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

Lowes set for Yorkshire Carnegie return after Bulls departure

Yorkshire Carnegie have announced the return of former Head Coach James Lowes to work with the squad on a consultant basis.

James Lowes left his role as Bradford Bulls head coach last week for personal reasons Credit: PA

Lowes was Head Coach of Carnegie in the 2013-14 season having been assistant coach the previous season.

Having recently left his position as Head Coach of Rugby League team Bradford Bulls, Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath has secured Lowes' services for the remainder of the season.

Jimmy is obviously someone who knows this group of players very well and the club as a whole. Once we learnt of his availability, we approached him about the possibility of joining the backroom team for the play offs, similar to the way Alan Tait has been working with us in recent weeks. Jimmy lives locally and was keen to help out where he can and we are looking forward to having him involved from when training begins this week on Tuesday morning.

– Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath

Young rugby player kick starts awareness campaign of brain injuries in sport

A young Rugby player from Hull has kick-started his own campaign to raise awareness of brain injuries in sport.

Connor Lynes is still recieving treatment after a blood clot caused two strokes - following a tackle during a match last March.

He's designed a special sports badge and is calling for others to change their profile pictures on social media to show support for his cause. Matt Price caught up with him earlier.

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