It’s safe to say that the England-Combined Nations fixture has kicked up quite a stir, but whilst Hull FC Brett Hodgson is a fan of the concept, he’s certainly not a fan of the timing.
“The concept is good, the scheduling of it is not so good,” Hodgson said.
“We’re in the situation now where we are without a number of key men this weekend, like a number of other sides.
“It needed to be a stand alone fixture on its own weekend.”
Hodgson will be without Jake Connor, Chris Satae and Andre Savelio – who have been called up to the All Stars side – but others are also unavailable due to injuries.
“All players want to play representative football and it’s no different for Jake, Chris and Andre this weekend.
“Obviously they will miss our game but we wish them all the success and hopefully they can do our club proud.
“Joe Cator is 50/50 – he’s doing ok – and it’s the same for Cam Scott, but the game comes too early for Josh Bowden.
“Scott Taylor is about 3/4 weeks out, but we’ve got to get through these games in a short time and Carlos (Tuimavave) won’t be available either.”
This squad crisis prompted Hodgson to look in the market and the club have since re-signed Jack Logan.
“Like many teams we’re quite thin with players being injured, but we felt we needed to bring in someone for a bit of cover.
“Jack is an avid Hull FC fan and he’s looking forward to getting back in the full-time environment.
“Obviously there’s some work for Jack to do and he’s come into the system for what we’re trying to achieve, but it doesn’t mean he will start.
“He only came in today for the first time, I like what he’s saying.
“He obviously left the club in that time in his career – he wanted to stay at the time but circumstances didn’t allow that, but he will strengthen us.
“I don’t think we can think beyond that four-week loan, we will determine that when we get to it.
“We’re stretched with what we’ve got available, some players are 50/50 and we’ll see how he progresses later on in the week.”
The Hull boss outlined that he is still on the market for a forward too.
“There’s not much to give in terms of that, we’re still looking for a forward, but many teams don’t allow that opportunity.
“With Jack, he had a clause in his contract that enabled him to move to a Super League club.”