‘Popular’ Hull KR back may have played final game for club following injury blow

Josh McAllister
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Hull KR head coach Willie Peters admits that Sam Wood may have played his final game for the club after suffering a bad knee injury in the recent defeat to Catalans.

Wood, 25, is expected to join Castleford Tigers in 2024, as first reported by Hull Live.

The outside-back made the switch to Craven Park from Huddersfield ahead of the 2022 season, and made 22 appearances, scoring six tries, in his debut year.

He has made 10 appearances in the current season, scoring three tries, and was named on the wing for the Super League Round 15 clash in Perpignan, but suffered a knock in the 38-4 defeat to Steve McNamara’s side.

“It’s probably a little bit worse,” Peters said on Wood’s injury.

“He’s looking at three or four months on the sidelines.

“There was probably more damage to the knee that we originally thought.

“It’s another blow as Sam has done a great job for us whenever he’s been in.

“We’re going through a tough period at the moment. Sometimes you have bad luck with rugby league injuries and a lot of those are the case at the moment.

“What we need to do is work together and control what we can control.”

Sam Wood may have played final Hull KR game

Asked whether it could be Wood’s final appearance for the club, Peters responded: “It could be, but I hope not.

“Sam is a popular figure in the club and has played well for us every time.

“The reason Sam is not with us next year is because he wants so be a starting centre, and good luck to him.”

Jack Walker will miss Saturday’s Challenge Cup clash with Salford, which has seen Peters add French full-back Tanguy Zenon on an initial two-week loan deal from Catalans.

Lachlan Coote is also currently sidelined after suffering a head knock at Magic Weekend and is set to see a specialist later this month.

Zenon, 21, has made six Super League appearances since making his debut against Wigan last year, and earned his first France call up in the mid-season international against England at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Robins take on Paul Rowley’s Red Devils in the quarter-finals this Saturday at Craven Park, with a midday kick-off.

“I’d say he would play,” Peters said on Zenon.

“We’re going to look at the team at the back end of the week.

“He’s a young talent and he’s going to be a good player down the track. I saw him play earlier in the year against Warrington and Wakefield, and he’s a confident kid.

“Catalans have been awesome to deal with. He’s a good kid and has come in and settled into the environment this morning.

“Now it’s about him going out there and executing and doing what he does.”

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