Manu Ma’u has played final game for Hull as Brett Hodgson confirms more injuries

Manu Ma'u

Hull boss Brett Hodgson has confirmed that back-rower Manu Ma’u broke his arm during the club’s defeat to Wakefield on Friday night.

The injury confirms Ma’u has played his final game for the club, having signed a two-year deal with Catalans from 2023. 

The MKM Stadium side fell to a 26-18 defeat to Trinity, leaving them ninth and outside the play-offs in the Super League table.

Hodgson also confirmed an injury blow to hooker Joe Lovodua, who could represent Fiji at this year’s World Cup. The two injuries add to the already-long list at the club, which recently added Jack Walker and Darnell McIntosh. Carlos Tuimavave (Achilles), Andre Savelio (knee) and Joe Cator (Achilles) are also all on the sidelines.

Hodgson confirms Manu Ma’u blow

“It’s tough,” Hodgson said following the loss. “We’ve had absolutely no luck again today. Manu Ma’u broke his arm and Joe Lovodua has done his PCL. 

“We lost two more to head knocks as well, which really disrupted us.

“There was a pride in performance tonight, but we just lacked the quality to finish things off.

“This is what happens when you are where we are at the moment. You look at the squad that we’ve got playing, we named our 41st player in our squad this week. We’re really hurting, as are the fans, but obviously we want to win games and we’re in a phase at the minute where we’re working to make sure we come out of it.”

Hodgson has turned his attention to purely focusing on three good performances to end the year, with their play-off hopes hanging by a thread.

“I wouldn’t concern ourselves with play-offs at the minute,” he added. “Our for and against is at a stage where we’d needed to win all four remaining games, but it’s about trying to finish on a high.”

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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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