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.
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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