The 32-year-old Hall, who is England’s record try-scorer, was set to join Toronto after leaving Sydney Roosters at the end of the 2020 season until the Canadian club failed to gain re-admission to Super League.
Instead, Hall has opted to link up with his old Leeds coach Tony Smith and former Rhinos team-mate Danny McGuire at Craven Park after signing a two-year deal.
“Tony Smith gave me my debut at Leeds and then again with England and also he’s going to hopefully give me my debut for Hull KR as well,” Hall said.
“It’s pretty cool and familiarity is a comforting thing, so as long as I get settled in as soon as possible I can get back to playing my best rugby.
“With my relationship with Tony and Danny McGuire, that should come pretty easily.”
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McGuire is Rovers’ recruitment manager and has made Hall his second recruit from the NRL following the signing of forward Albert Vete from Melbourne Storm.
Hall, who endured a difficult two-year spell with the Roosters, scored 234 tries in his 12 seasons with Leeds, where he won six Super League Grand Finals and two Challenge Cup titles.
Smith said: “Ryan had a number of choices in front of him and he’s chosen us, so we are delighted about that.
“I’ve worked with him before and the amount he’s learnt from his NRL experience since is enormous. Roosters head coach Trent Robinson speaks of him highly.
“He’s going to bring a wealth of experience to us. He’s bought into the concept of improving our programme and he’s got a strong desire to pass on his knowledge to others.
“Anyone who knows Ryan will know he takes care of himself unbelievably well. He’s in really good condition, he’s got a body younger than most.
“He’ll be a real asset to us and I’m delighted that he’s decided to join us to be part of our rejuvenation.”
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