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Hull FC raring to go for Super League opener
There’s a big crowd in prospect for Friday’s opening Super League clash between Hull FC and Huddersfield Giant at the KCom. By lunchtime today (Thursday, January 31) more than 12,500 tickets had been sold for the game, with several areas in the ground sold out.
New Hull FC skipper Danny Houghton will lead the side out on what will be his 300th career appearance but injuries appear to rule out Liam Watts, Carlos Tuimavave and Chris Green.
New additions Bureta Faraimo (who represented the USA at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup) will get his first taste of Super League action, while the returning former Tongan international Mickey Paea (back for his second stint with the club) is set for his first competitive run-out since September.
Coach Lee Radford and Micky Paea faced the media at today’s press conference and both confirmed they were excited to be getting the new season off to a start against what will be tough opposition. Friday’s game kicks off at the earlier time of 7.45pm
Following this opening fixture Hull FC head off for an historic visit Down Under. History will be made on Saturday week (February 10) in New South Wales when the Black & Whites take on the Wigan Warriors in the first Super League fixture will be played outside Europe.
The following week, the two Super League titans will take part in the first ever double-header games between English and NRL teams at a single venue when Hull FC play St George Illawarra Dragons and Wigan Warriors face South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday February 17.