Six debuts between Hull FC and Hull KR as teams set for Magic Weekend derby

The Magic Weekend is set to conclude with a huge Hull derby.

Both sides are still in the play-off picture but are in the mist of a tumultuous period for both clubs.

Brett Hodgson’s side is ravaged by injury and suspension and it’s a similar situation across the river at Hull KR where they’ve also taken the decision to part company with coach Tony Smith prematurely with assistant Danny McGuire taking over as interim boss until Willie Peters arrives in the country.

It’s McGuire’s coaching debut and it comes in one of the biggest games in Super League and at one of the most historic venues too.

He also gives a debut to youngster Zach Fishwick off the bench. In the other major news for Hull KR Ethan Ryan misses out and Will Tate gets a rare nod on the wing. Lachlan Coote returns to fullback in place of Will Dagger after missing last week through injury.

One debut for Hull KR, there’s five for Hull FC also including some youngsters off the bench in the shape of Charlie Severs and Matty Laidlaw who figure amongst the subs alongside another youngster in Jacob Hookem.

The other debuts are new loan signings Jack Walker, Josh Simm and Ellis Longstaff all of whom start.

Leeds’ Walker is at fullback, St Helens’ Simm on the wing and Warrington’s Longstaff at second-row.

Luke Gale returns at scrum-half and Jamie Shaul misses the game.

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