Brett Hodgson names young side as debutant starts and starlet returns

In the eyes of Brett Hodgson and others at Hull FC, 2023 will start now.

The Black and Whites are taking on the already relegated Toulouse Olympique and despite plenty of selection problems themselves, today represents a very real opportunity for Hull to pick up a rare win building momentum heading into next season.

Toulouse of course will have a very similar view no doubt adopting the perception that their battle for promotion next season begins with this game here but without their three options in the halves with Corey Norman, Lucas Albert and Tony Gigot absent it’ll be a tough gig for the French side.

So, can Hodgson lead his side to victory as they look to finish a tough year strongly so that they can start the next campaign off on the right track?

Well to do just that, Hodgson has named his team for today’s clash with Cameron Scott making a timely return especially with Connor Wynne joining Hull’s growing casualty list alongside Kane Evans recently.

Scott comes into the side at centre alongside Mitieli Vulikijapani as Davy Litten and Harvey Barron start on the wings. Jake Connor stays at fullback with Will Smith again partnering Luke Gale in the halves.

Jordan Johnstone is again the stand in hooker with young Denive Balmforth on the bench alongside Ben McNamara.

Reserves prop Will Gardiner makes his debut at loose-forward wearing the number 42. Another youngster Matty Laidlaw comes back into the side on the bench with Chris Satae also amongst the subs with Ligi Sao and Scott Taylor the starting props.

Here’s the team in full:

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