Championship side expecting “largest crowd in recent years” for “momentous occasion”

Featherstone Rovers are set to play Hull KR on Friday evening in what will be Craig Hall’s testimonial game and the favourites to secure promotion to Super League have named a very strong squad.

Hall was a long-serving player for the Robins but left early in the Tony Smith era and linked up with the other Rovers side, Featherstone, for whom he will play in Friday’s 7.45pm game at Featherstone’s Millennium Stadium.

The Rovers are expecting their “largest crowd” in recent times and have told fans to get there early for the game in a statement on Twitter:

“With the largest crowd in recent years anticipated we urge supporters to arrive at The Millennium Stadium before the car park reaches capacity! Get down early and enjoy what is set to be a momentous occasion.”

It will be a special occasion and the Rovers will wear a special blue and white jersey with some splashes of red which perhaps nod to Hall’s time with the Robins, for the game which pays tribute to the long standing rugby league veteran.

Alongside Hall will be new signings such as Caleb Aekins, Chris Hankinson, Mathieu Cozza, Brad Day, Kyle Evans, Thomas Lacans, Elijah Taylor and McKenzie Yei.

As you can see Featherstone have made a whole host of signings for the 2023 campaign but their head coaching role sees another Super League legend in the shape of Sean Long fill the shoes of their former boss Brian McDermott.

The likes of Elijah Taylor, Chris Hankinson, Mathieu Cozza as well as youngster Riley Dean have all arrived from Super League sides whilst internationals such as McKenzie Yei have been added as well.

In what the club are expecting to be one of their largest crowds for some time there’s plenty of quality on the pitch for Hall’s big game.

Hull KR have also named their squad and it’s very young however it does feature the club’s star signing, Tom Opacic, who will operate at centre on debut with fellow signings Sam Luckley and Louis Senior also debuting.

Ireland international Ethan Ryan will feature in the back row with Opacic and play will be orchestrated by Jordan Abdull but generally the squad is full of youth.

The club announced the squad news via their Twitter profile.

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