Wednesday 5 February
Manu Ma’u admits he has been taken aback by the standards veteran forward Gareth Ellis has set, since joining Hull FC from the NRL. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “Having Gareth Ellis around the place, the way he carries himself, I was actually shocked when I came, seeing that way he carries himself. He’s the ultimate professional. That’s something that can help my game. He left the NRL just before I got in so I didn’t know too much about his game.”
New Zealand Warrior prop Sam Lisone has been made available to Super League clubs, according to reports from totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw. “A number of clubs were recently alerted to the availability of the 25-year-old, who has struggled for game time in the NRL over recent years. Auckland-born Lisone has spent his entire first-grade career with the Warriors and was a regular during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. But since then he has made just 22 appearances in the last two seasons and appears to be on the outer at Mount Smart Stadium,” Shaw writes.
Simon Woolford admits he’ll be without young centre Jake Wardle after he suffered a fractured eye socket against Catalans. “He’s got a bit of a fracture to his eye socket. He’s off to see a specialist on Friday. I’ve seen them before. It’s a head clash type of thing. When that sort of thing happens and you blow your nose and your eye explodes it’s pretty much eye socket damage. He definitely won’t be playing this week but how many weeks he’ll be missing I’m not too sure,” he said to The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.
Kristian Woolf says he was delighted for young forward Matty Lees who made his Super League return in Saints win over Salford after a long stint out with a bowel injury. He said in a Q & A with St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley: “Well he is a tough fella, and tough blokes tend to not think too much about their own bodies – they play tough no matter what. That is what Leesy is. I was very happy for him. Sometimes we forget about what a big injury it was and how long he has been out of the game.”
New Hull KR man Greg Minikin expects his first Hull derby to be an all together different experience from any game he’s seen before. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve spoken to a few of the lads who have played in the derby for both sides and they’ve said no other game compares. I’ve played in Cas-Wakey games and Cas-Leeds games which are quite big games and ones you always circle on the calendar but this will be a different kettle of fish,” he admitted to Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.