Potential Exiles revival excites new Hull boss Brett Hodgson


New Hull coach Brett Hodgson played for the Exiles between 2011-13

Hull coach Brett Hodgson is excited at the prospect of the Exiles team being revived – but wants the concept to be given time to shine.

The Exiles was formed in 2011 to provide competitive mid-season opposition for England in the build-up to the 2013 World Cup and Hodgson, who enjoyed a successful five-year stint in Super League with Huddersfield and Warrington, made three appearances for the Exiles, captaining them to a 32-20 victory in 2012.

The concept was dropped after the World Cup but is expected to be brought back ahead of the 2021 tournament, with Shaun Wane’s England set to take on a Super League-based team of overseas stars on the last weekend of June.

Hodgson said: “I really enjoyed playing for the Exiles. I thought it was a brilliant concept but for whatever reason it wasn’t given the legs it needed.

“I absolutely support the English game and I want England to be successful at the World Cup.

“In order to do that, they need to play high quality games mid-season and there’s nothing better than having the Exiles back.

“And they need to give it a crack for five or 10 years.”

Hull’s star recruit Josh Reynolds, who made four appearances for New South Wales in State of Origin between 2013-14, has put his hand up to play for the Exiles.

Reynolds said: “I think it’s a pretty cool concept. If I did get the opportunity to play in it, I’d be keen to do it.

“I suppose it would be a bit of fun but also get them ready for the World Cup.”

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