Super League coach confirms massive blow

Hull KR confirmed that Ethan Ryan, who is a key player because of his ability to cover a variety of roles, was set for surgery after a broken jaw against Wigan Warriors.

Now Robins coach Willie Peters has confirmed they will be without him for two months whicj is a major blow for them.

“No, he says it’s not over mate. So it’s about an eight-week injury at this stage. It can be between six and ten weeks,” Peters confirmed.

“So he’s obviously had a decent crack to his jaw had a decent crack to his jaw, which obviously last play of the game, terrible to see him go down like that. He’s still in a lot of pain, he’s had the operation.”

Peters also praise Wigan for their gesture to Ryan after the injury with a basket of goodies sent his way: “But I also want to point out the class of Wigan, Kris Radlinski and Matt Peat, the team over there, just the way they handled the situation. They sent Ethan a nice gift, which he was really appreciative of and one that put a smile on his face. So it was class from Wigan.”

He was also unclear how it happened: “He hurt his shoulder getting out of the in goal area down our end, and then he’s put the shoulder on the wrong way. So then he’s just caught the, caught his jaw off that. So it was just an unfortunate tackle.”

Meanwhile, he also had his say on Ryan’s form: “He was in really good form, wasn’t he? I’ve said it previously, I think he’s a very good fullback. That’s not saying he’s not a very good winger, but I think he’s proven the last couple of weeks that he can be certainly a fullback, and a decent fullback at that.

“What I want to point out about Ethan was that he ended up picking himself from what he did at training. There were times there that he wasn’t even in the 21 at times, but he just worked away. We put him at full-back at training and he put his hand up, pretty much picked himself to go, I’m ready to play if needed. He certainly did that. Full credit to him, it says a lot about his character.”