Thursday 6 January

Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson reports that Albert Kelly will not be available for selection for the next two weeks after copping a two match suspension whilst playing for the club’s reserves. Jackson writes “He has been hit with a two-game penalty notice after being found guilty of a Grade C dangerous throw in the game. Kelly was adjudged to have lifted Bradford player Matthew Race into a dangerous position.”

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Jon Wilkin insists the Toronto squad isn’t too small and that it can’t cope with the rigours of Super League. He told Sky Sports’ Brian Carney: “That’s people’s opinion. When I signed for Saints in 2001 we had a 21 man squad. We are an embryonic club but that squad that we have is a vastly squad, a vastly competent squad and a squad that is willing to learn.”

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Manu Ma’u will miss the next month of action after straining a knee ligament against Leeds. His club reports: “Back-rower Manu Ma’u is set to be out of action for four to five weeks, having picked up an MCL strain.” And there’s more bad news for the Black and Whites. The club adds: “Jamie Ellis picked up an ankle knock leaving him on the sidelines for one to two weeks, while utility forward Joe Cator will be missing for the Airlie Birds for up to a month with a hamstring injury picked up towards the end of pre-season.”

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Luke Gale has backed the appointment of Shaun Wane as the new head coach of England, but admits he won’t even be thinking about international selection until after the season, as he looks to get Leeds back on track. Writing in his column for The Yorkshire Post, Gale said: “There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before I’ll be thinking about England. I want Leeds to have a good season first and then everything else will take care of itself.”

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Shaun Kenny-Dowall admits he can’t wait to run out for Hull KR in his first Hull derby, having heard all the hype since arriving the UK. He told Sky Sports: “Being here you understand just how much rugby league means to this town and I’m really blown away. I’ve heard so much about the derby and it’s why you play to be part of games like this. It’s been around for such a long time in this city so i’m really excited to be part of such a prestigious game.”