Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles, as one forum guest on Hull Kingston Radio, yes we’re looking at you Johnny Compton, explained so brilliantly. So here’s our new(ish) blog ‘Up the Middle.’
Every week we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens. We’ll keep the blog going throughout the week and all in one place, Monday to Sunday, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we do best.
W/C 18/12/2017 – Last updated: 21/12 20:17
Thursday – Playing the bird game
Never has it crossed our minds to have a body part amputated after a persistent injury, but that’s what South Sydney back rower Angus Crichton has done, amputating his finger to ensure he’s ready for the NRL season.
Crazy bastard. Crichton has had problems with his finger for years and decided enough was enough by chopping the full thing off. Mental.
“My finger has been an ongoing injury I’ve had since I was playing in the U20s,” he explained. “Originally, I ruptured the tendon and this is the sixth surgery I’ve had on it.
“It’s the middle finger in my left hand and, a while back, I got it fused. I’ve got no knuckle in it. The doctor said I could either cut it off halfway or fuse it. I’ve had it fused several times now because I keep breaking it.
“I can’t bend the finger, so it’s like I’m constantly giving people the bird. If I clench my fist, my middle finger sticks out.
“One time, a while back, I accidentally cut someone off while I was driving and I put my hand up to wave at them to say sorry. The guy followed me all the way into a dead-end street. We each got out of our cars and he asked me if I’d stuck my finger up at him. I explained to him that I’d had it fused and it stuck out naturally. He understood after that.”
Thursday – Hull Derby to go overseas?
Out of the blue, but National newspapers are reporting that that the Hull Derby between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers could go overseas as early as 2019.
The USA or Australia are two locations that have been proposed, with Hull set to tour the latter in February next year.
The Super League is keen to test its brand in new waters, although a brownie point must go to whoever can work out how Rovers can afford such a proposal when their players still have mortgages to pay and that.
Wednesday – Surgery for Bowden
Josh Bowden is set for surgery on a long term shoulder problem. The procedure by his reckoning is only minor though, and he should not only feature in the pre-season games, but more importantly the Super League opener, too.
Wednesday – Bureta speaks
New Hull FC signing Bureta Faraimo has landed in the country, with the powerful winger showing his excitement already ahead of the new Super League season.
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Tuesday – Got your copy yet?
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Monday – Big Nige speaks
Australia’s NRL clubs have been criticised for their reluctance to let New Zealand players play for their country against England in the USA. With Big Nige, the RFL chief, offering his surprisingly brilliant take on the matter.
“We have to understand that the sport has two very powerful leagues in Super League and the NRL,” he said. “They drive the revenues into the sport and the international game will be relying on the talent that is employed by those two leagues. But we’ve created an international window mid-season and we’ve given ourselves the best possible chance to populate that. What people need to remember is that international rugby is how you get people interested.
“Our position is clear. The RFL and Eng;and are very supportive of the game in the United States going ahead. The players support it too. We want to keep the momentum of the World Cup going. It’s a terrific initiative. It’s our hope that it WILL go ahead.”
Monday – Doncaster targeting promotion
Doncaster, with a sequence of FC youngsters amongst their ranks, are aiming for promotion this season, at least according to their chairman Carl Hall.
“We need to get promoted. We say it every year. Our target is promotion, whether that’s automatic or through the play-offs, we won’t shy away from that,” he told the clubs official website.
“I think we’ve got a decent squad but you don’t really know until you start playing.”
Hull’s Jordan Lane, Jez Litten, Jack Sanderson and Ross Osborne will all spend the year on-loan.
Monday – Brotherly love
The brother of French sort Hakim Miloudi, Amine, could be set for a trial at Castleford Tigers, according to League Express. Amine, like his brother has a preference to the fullback role, but can play anywhere on the back line.
Hakim meanwhile, and like the majority of his peers at Hull, has been back in pre-season training for weeks now, and is arguably our most intriguing signing for 2018, at least on the evidence we saw in the Reserves..
Monday – Another statement of intent
Relegated misfits Leigh Centurions have announced the signing of Papua New Guinea hooker Kurt Baptiste on a one year contract – showing, like our foes over the river, that relegation isn’t all the monstrosity it’s led to be. In fact it’s a fresh start, with a chance to clear yourself of all the dead wood at your club. *cough Terry Campese*
The 26-year-old signs from Canberra Raiders having spent the past few seasons as Josh Hodgson’s understudy.
Monday – Working right until Christmas
Hull FC will be at County Carlo right through the Christmas break, Radders has explained. “We are training until Saturday (23rd) and we’re back in on the 27th. We’ll then train for a few more days than have a mini break on New Year.
“We’ll be ticking over during the Christmas period but again that time of year is notorious for field issues and tough conditions. There are usually quite a lot of venue changes in and around that time but we deal with it.”
Monday – Got your copy yet?
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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.