Up the Middle #34 – Hull FC in Australia

Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles. Middle units in the middle of the park playing Up the Middle.

Every week in this blog we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens, Monday to Sunday, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we (especially if you’re a Cas fan) do best.

W/C 12/02/2018 – Last updated: 18/02

Sunday – Leagues Club

Panthers Penrith. The biggest leagues club in the NRL.

Panthers Penrith

Panthers Penrith

Sunday – Panthers Stadium

A little visit to Penrith. The home of the mighty Panthers.

Panthers Stadiun

Sunday – Player Review

For our individual player reviews, click here

Hull FC ANZ Stadium

Saturday – Five Things 

Watts, Kelly and Hadley outstanding, plus fans on the agenda in latest Five Things column. To view, click here

ANZ Stadium Hull FC

Saturday – Defeat but no disgrace

What an effort from Hull FC in going down by just six points to St George Illawarra Dragons. Click here for our review of the action.

ANZ Stadium Hull FC

Thursday – Sydney, stop it 🙈


Wednesday – Manly 


Wednesday – Manu speaks

Former Hull FC back rower Willie Manu says he played the best rugby of his career at Hull FC.

Speaking to the official website he said. “The people of Hull and the players at the time welcomed me with open arms and I think if you’re happy off the field, you’ll be happy on the field.

“The six years I spent at Hull FC I would have to consider as the best of my career.”

Willie Manu

Wednesday – Dragons name squad

Dragons 24-man squad to face Hull FC (alphabetical order):

Leeson Ah Mau
Euan Aitken
Mitch Allgood
Matt Dufty
Jai Field
Reuben Garrick
James Graham
Jacob Host
Ben Hunt
Josh Kerr
Tim Lafai
Jeremy Latimore
Blake Lawrie
Luciano Leilua
Zac Lomax
Kurt Mann
Cameron McInnes
Darren Nicholls
Jason Nightingale
Reece Robson
Hame Sele
Tariq Sims
Paul Vaughan
Gareth Widdop (c)

Tuesday – Training

A decent experience for Hull FC, who trained with Sydney Roosters ahead of Saturdays showdown with St George, with a number of fans in attendance.

Josh Bowden

Tuesday – Boys in Sydney 


Hull FC Australia

Tuesday – Message from Tag

Speaking on his Instagram account, Taylor said, “Well it’s been a crazy last few days and still recovering in hospital after surgery.

“Thanks everyone for the messages and big thanks to all the staff at Wollongong hospital who have been brilliant and continue to look after me.

“Last mention for all you black and whites who travelled and showed once again you’re the best in business! Gutted about result and my situation but can’t wait to be back out there.”


Tuesday -Noggers is back 


Monday – Hooker dilemma 

Dean Hadley or Jez Litten. Who will replace Danny Houghton in the hooker role?

See our thoughts here

Jez Litten was superb for Hull FC. Image: Ian Tomlinson

Monday – Noggers is back

We’re all aware of Hull FC’s injury crisis right now, and they’ve now got reinforcements from an unlikely source, with Newcastle Knights allowing Curtis Naughton to play against St George on Saturday.

Once a Black and White, always a Black and White. Yes Noggers..

Monday – St George training 

Not a bad way to spend a Monday morning..

St George

Monday – Up the Dragons 

Just two Pommies chilling in Aus..


Monday – Australia recap 

Review: http://upthecream.co.uk/wollongong-legacy-there-to-see-as-wigan-defeat-hull-fc/

Five Things: http://upthecream.co.uk/five-things-we-learned-from-hull-fcs-defeat-to-wigan-2/

Wigan Hull FC Wollongong

Monday – Why Up the Middle?

One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to the term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.

A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.

Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.


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