Elliot Minchella to play in Championship on dual-registration this weekend

Drew Darbyshire
Elliot Minchella Hull KR

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Hull KR vice-captain Elliot Minchella will play for dual-registration partners Dewsbury against Sheffield in the Championship on Sunday.

The 26-year-old is nearing his first team return for Hull KR after suffering an ACL injury against St Helens last April.

Minchella, who has been appointed vice-captain of the Robins for 2022, has undergone months of rehabilitation and preparation whilst sidelined.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith said: “We’re delighted that Elliot’s gonna kick off our dual-registration with Dewsbury Rams after having some discussions with both Dewsbury and Elliot.

“Before he gets a chance to show his wares in Super League, it’s probably the best way for him to get out there and get some match fitness and also help bolster Dewsbury’s team for this week.

“It’s just part of the relationship that we’re kicking off. It’s great to have this sort of situation, albeit we don’t have a reserve-grade game this week, it’s another great avenue for Elliot to get a game under his belt before he resumes playing with the first team.”

Hull KR start their Super League campaign this Friday night as they welcome Wigan to Craven Park.

Meanwhile, Dewsbury have lost both of their games in the Championship so far to Bradford and York.

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Lachlan Coote Hull KR
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Hull KR full-back Lachlan Coote has praised the culture coach Tony Smith has created at his new club.

Coote makes the switch to Craven Park, having been part of the St Helens team to win three Super League titles in a row.

He joins a team that finished sixth in 2021, and came within 80 minutes of reaching the Super League Grand Final.

Coote said he is excited to get started at the Robins, having missed their pre-season fixtures having recovered from shoulder surgery.

He said: “I think just the culture at the moment. I think it’s definitely changed from what I’m hearing since being here. It’s changed to what it used to be.

“They’re really focusing on team performances and being together in one unit, and all that kind of thing. I think that’s what Tony (Smith) is sort of implementing at the moment.

“Just enjoying the game and having fun out there and enjoy working hard for each other. And that’s the turning point. I think it showed, obviously, in that play-off against Warrington.

“Warrington are great attacking team, but they weren’t able to score any points. So they’re a team that are showing up for each other. And, you know, that’s what really excited me about coming here.”

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