Opposition Preview: Hull FC

After a spectacular second half performance saw a young Rhinos side beat Bradford last week, Richard Agar and Leeds return to home territory this week for the visit of Hull FC for Tom Briscoe’s testimonial.

The clubs are coming together to celebrate Briscoe’s achievements and contributions over the last 15 seasons, which began at Hull in 2008. Following six strong seasons in black and white, the England international arrived at Leeds and won trophies, plus he broke a few records. His performance in the 2015 Challenge Cup final will go down in history as one of the greatest Cup final moments, as will his two tries to help Leeds beat Castleford in the 2017 Grand Final.

Tickets for the game are still available at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or by calling the ticket office on 0371 423 1315 (Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 3:30pm).

2021 Overview

Hull FC had a disappointing 2021 under head coach Brett Hodgson, after an explosive start faded towards the end of the season.

Aware of the threats he already possessed in his squad, Hodgson’s only addition before the start of 2021 was NRL half back Josh Reynolds. The former Canterbury Bulldog and Wests Tigers player brought a host of NRL appearances to the table, as well as a NRL Grand Final appearance with the Dogs. He joined Marc Sneyd and the duo hit the ground running along with Jake Connor. Out of Hull’s opening eleven matches, the black and whites won seven games and drew one as they looked strong contenders for the Play Offs.

Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com – 04/09/2021 – Rugby League – Dacia Magic Weekend 2021 – Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC – St. James’s Park, Newcastle, England – Leeds Rhinos’ Kruise Leeming celebrates kicking the winning goal

After a forced break from action in June, due to a Covid outbreak within the squad, Hull’s season plummeted. The only game that the black and whites pick up league points was in a 23-22 win over derby rivals Hull KR as they were dragged into a five-club battle for a play off place. Leeds were one of those clubs fighting to play in the post season and when the two sides met at the Dacia Magic Weekend, Kruise Leeming’s golden point drop goal proved crucial as it put Hull out of the running with two games remaining.

2022 Squad

  • Jake Connor
  • Adam Swift
  • Carlos Tuimavave
  • Josh Griffin
  • Darnell McIntosh*
  • Josh Reynolds
  • Luke Gale*
  • Ligi Sao
  • Danny Houghton
  • Chris Satae
  • Andre Savelio
  • Manu Ma’u
  • Jordan Lane
  • Joe Lovodua*
  • Joe Cator
  • Kane Evans*
  • Brad Fash
  • Ben McNamara

New for 2022*

  • Jack Brown
  • Jordan Johnstone
  • Josh Bowden
  • Connor Wynne
  • Cameron Scott
  • Mitieli Vulikijapani
  • Marcus Walker
  • Jacob Hookem
  • Aiden Burrell
  • Jamie Shaul
  • Scott Taylor
  • Harvey Barron
  • Zach Jebson
  • Davy Litten
  • Callum Rutland
  • Charlie Sever
  • Nick Staveley

Pre Season Form

Both Leeds and Hull have played multiple games in preparation for the 2022 season.

The Rhinos continued their unbeaten run of warm up matches against Bradford Bulls last Sunday. After trailing 12-0 at half time, Leeds’ young stars turned the game around with the five try performance in the second half to win 30-12, courtesy of tries from Max Simpson, Liam Tindall, Alex Mellor and Kai Morgan.

The victory came after Leeds had comfortably eased passed Wakefield 34-6 on Boxing Day and also held on for a 30-22 win over Featherstone a fortnight ago. Sunday’s match against the black and whites, and the annual meeting with Hunslet for the Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy on Sunday 6th February, will be one of the last chances for players to prove themselves to Richard Agar before the round one matchup against Warrington Wolves.

Hull had different fortunes against the Bulls a few weeks before Leeds’ trip to Odsal. Hodgson also named a youthful side for the black and white’s first warm up match of the year but they were blown out of the water by a seven try mauling from the Bulls.

Following the defeat, Hull spent last week at Loughborough University’s elite athlete centre, where they ramped up pre season training and also played a behind closed door game against London Broncos, which they won 26-0. This week’s game will be their third and final test before their round one clash with Wakefield Trinity on Sunday 13th February.

Pre Season Results

Hull’s New Signings

Darnell McIntosh

Age: 24

Position: Full Back

Former Club: Huddersfield Giants

International: England Knights

Fact: Product of Giants Academy who debuted against Hull FC in 2017.

Luke Gale

Age: 33

Position: Half Back

Former Clubs: Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Harlequins, Doncaster

International: England

Fact: Captained the Rhinos to Challenge Cup glory in 2020 against Salford and will captain Hull FC in his first season at the club.

Joe Lovodua

Age: 23

Position: Hooker

Former Clubs: St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs

International: Fiji

Fact: Has over 50 combined NSW Cup apps and six tries.

Kane Evans

Age: 30

Position: Prop

Former Clubs: Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, New Zealand Warriors

International: Fiji

Fact: NRL veteran with over 130 apps in seven years. Also represented Fiji at the 2013 and 2017 World Cups.

The Coach

Former Huddersfield and Warrington full back Brett Hodgson returned to the UK for the first time since 2013 to take up the head coach role at Hull FC, left vacant after interim head coach Andy Last departed for Wakefield.

Hodgson started his rugby career in 1997, playing for Western Suburbs for two years before later moving to Parramatta, where he won the 2001 NRL minor Premiership title but lost out to Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final, the full back scoring two tries. Two years later, he was on the move again, this time signing with Wests Tigers, where he finally lifted the NRL Grand Final trophy in 2005, kicking five out of six conversions in the 30-16 win. That year, he also won the Dally M medal for the League’s best full back

He arrived in Super League in 2009 with Huddersfield Giants and made an instant impact, playing in 28 games, scoring 14 tries and kicking 98 goals, totalling at 252 points, as the Giants reached the Play Offs and Hodgson became the first Huddersfield player to be awarded the Man of Steel. He only played for the Giants for two seasons before he was signed for Tony Smith’s Warrington side.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 03/04/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 2 – Salford Red Devils v Hull FC – The Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, England – Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson is interviewed.

While with Warrington, Hodgson claimed his first silverware in 2012 against the Rhinos in the Challenge Cup. Having lost out on a place in the Grand Final to Leeds the year before, thanks to a late Kevin Sinfield drop goal, the Wolves got their revenge a year later, beating Leeds 35-18 to deny the Rhinos from lifting the Cup for the third straight year.

Hodgson also represented NSW City and New South Wales in the State of Origin, playing in six matches between 2002 and 2006. While in England, he played for the Exiles three times, winning the tournament two times in 2011 and 2012

Team News

More Information

Tickets for the game, which start from just £15 for adults and only £5 for Under 16s are on sale now at tickets.therhinos.co.uk. All proceeds from the game will go to the Tom Briscoe testimonial fund.

The ticket prices in full are:

Area of the groundAdultConcession (senior over 65 and students, under 21s, disabled – wheelchair and ambulant*)Juniors (16 and under)
Global East Terrace / South Stand Terrace / West Terrace£15£10£5
North Stand Seats / South Stand Seats(seating is reserved)£20£15£5

*Disabled purchasers are entitled to a free companion ticket upon production of companion allowance entitlement letter.

NB. Global East Stand seats will be closed for this match.

Match Day Hospitality for this match will be available in the Howard Suite. This includes a three course Sunday lunch and post-match hot pies along with reserved seating in the North Stand, car parking and pre-match analysis. This is £125+VAT per person and can be booked by calling 0113 2033222 or email [email protected].


Online – tickets.therhinos.co.uk

Over the phone – 0371 423 1315. Normal opening times Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 3:30pm excluding Bank Holidays

Please be aware in person sales from Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office at Headingley Stadium are currently unavailable.

Watch live from your home!

Sunday’s Testimonial game will also be streamed live on Our League at 3pm. 

Fans can book the live stream via the Our League app, priced £4.95 (early bird offer; £10 on the day). All proceeds will go to the Tom Briscoe Testimonial Fund.