Experienced trio return for St Helens while Ben McNamara is named for Hull

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St Helens have been boosted by the returns of Will Hopoate, Sione Mata’utia and Agnatius Paasi for their clash against Hull on Sunday.

The trio have been named in Kristian Woolf’s 21-man squad for their trip to the MKM Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off.

Hopoate, 30, returns having missed the last three games due to injury. He has been limited to just nine appearances so far this season. 

Back-rower Mata’utia has completed his three match ban and is now available. He was sent off during the club’s 25-0 win over Huddersfield at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Tonga World Cup hopeful Paasi returns having missed last week’s win over Castleford due to the concussion protocols.

Meanwhile, Josh Simm has been named after being recalled from his loan spell at Hull. The outside-back could make an instant return to the MKM Stadium on Sunday.

Curtis Sironen drops out after picking up a two-match suspension. 

Youngster Dan Hill picked up a shoulder injury against Castleford and will miss the next four to six weeks. 

McNamara returns for Hull against St Helens

Young half-back Ben McNamara returns from injury for Hull and has been named in Brett Hodgson’s 21-man squad.

He has made only five appearances this season due to a back issue. 

Hodgson has made three changes to his side. Denive Balmforth and Davy Litten have been called into the squad. Jacob Hookem and Jack Brown miss out, the latter missing out with a shoulder problem. 

Hull: Connor, McIntosh, Gale, Houghton, Satae, Lane, Lovodua, Evans, Fash, McNamara, Johnstone, Wynne, Vulikijapani, Taylor, Barron, Balmforth, Litten, Laidlaw, Walker, Longstaff, Smith. 

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Hopoate, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Mata’utia, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paasi, Wingfield, Bell, Simm, Davies, Hunrrell, Norman, Royle, Bennison.

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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