Hull KR announce pre-season friendly opponents

Hull KR players celebrate at Warrington

Hull KR have announced they will pre-season friendly matches against Dewsbury Rams and Huddersfield Giants ahead of the 2022 season.

The Robins will take to the field for the first time in 2022 at Tetley’s Stadium on 21st January against the Rams.

It could well see new Rovers signing Tom Garratt make his first appearance for Tony Smith’s side against the club he left at the end of the season.

Dewsbury Head Coach Lee Greenwood told the club website: “It is a great game for us to have in preparation for next season.

“We have built close links with Hull KR in the last couple of years and a home friendly further strengthens this.

“It will be a tough test obviously but it is a friendly to get excited about for players, staff and supporters.”

The Rams will announce further pre-season friendlies in due course.

The second friendly will take place at Hull College Craven Park against the Giants on Sunday 30th January. Another Robin could make his bow against a former club, in the shape of Sam Wood.

The match will also catch the eye, with the England Knights halfback pairing Mikey Lewis and Will Pryce on the pitch against each other.

Preperations ramping up for Rovers

As well as the friendlies, the club have also confirmed recently that they will be heading to Tenerife in December for warm weather training.

Head Coach Tony Smith said:“We’re very grateful for it to be available to us. It will be a fantastic camp and to be able to do some quality training on firm pitches in the warm weather will help to increase the skill levels and the quality of training.

“The ten days we get to spend out there will allow us to get the guys through work in ten days that would be the equivalent of three weeks back in the UK so it’s really important.”

Hull KR are looking to build on a remarkable season in 2021. That saw go from finishing bottom in 2020, to reaching the playoffs a year later.

They have already showed their intent for 2022 as well, with signings such as three-time Super League winning fullback Lachlan Coote and League One Young Player of the Year Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e.

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