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Factfile | Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils | Friday 8th June

Ahead of another massive Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC, we take a look at all the facts and stats behind the fixture.
Recent meetings 
Salford Red Devils and Hull FC have been evenly matched over the last ten meetings between the sides sharing five wins apiece.
The Red Devils came out on top in the most recent meeting with a dominant 24-8 win over Hull in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. Salford also earned a convincing victory over FC in the same fixture last season running out 54-18 victors at the KCOM Stadium.
However, Hull returned the favour with a 10-34 win over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium before beginning their 2018 Super 8s campaign with a 32-18 victory against the Red Devils in Hull.
Salford won three consecutive fixtures against Hull FC between 2014 and 2015 – their longest winning streak against the Black and Whites ever. A Rangi Chase drop-goal was the difference between the sides in the 2014 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before the Red Devils won consecutive home fixtures against FC afterwards.
When it comes to crossing the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons halfback Rob Lui is the man for the Red Devils. Lui has scored tries in four of his last five meetings with the Black and Whites.
The ‘Star Man’ crossed earlier this season in the 24-8 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium and has also scored in each of his last two visits to the KCOM Stadium with the first coming in a ten-try triumph last season.
March’s meeting between the sides saw two of Salford’s 2018 additions cross for their first tries in red. Ben Nakubuwai powered his way over from close-range to open his Salford account before Jack Littlejohn rounded off a quick break down the left-hand flank to get off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hull FC scored just a solitary try in the last meeting between the clubs in March thanks to Dean Hadley however there are a couple of Hull players who enjoy playing against the Red Devils.
Halfback Albert Kelly – who didn’t feature in the last meeting between the teams – has crossed for three tries in his last two games against Salford. Carlos Tuimavave has scored three tries in his last three appearances versus the Red Devils grabbing a brace in last year’s Super 8s clash.
2018 Betfred Super League Stats
Hull FC’s Fetuli Talanoa – who the Black and Whites will be without – is currently their top try-scorer this season (3rd in Betfred Super League) with 12 tries. Jake Bibby currently tops the ranks at Salford with seven tries. FC’s highest-scoring player named in the squad is fullback Jamie Shaul who – like Bibby – has scored seven times.
Logan Tomkins currently tops the ranks in terms of try-assists for the Red Devils with five. Albert Kelly is FC’s dangerman assisting nine of Hull’s tries in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
Former Red Devil Josh Griffin – who is also out with injury – is Hull’s leading metre-maker racking up 1823 metres so far this season. Salford’s highest metre-maker is also a centre with Junior Sa’u clocking 1386 metres this year.

Away Day Guide | Hull FC | Friday 8th June

Salford Red Devils will travel to Hull FC on Friday evening (8th June) and we’ve compiled all the key information for fans making the trip up to the KCOM Stadium. 
The game is set to kick-off at 7:45pm at the KCOM Stadium, Hull.


You can purchase tickets for Salford Red Devils’ trip to Hull FC from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570 up until 3pm on Friday 8th June.
Ticket prices from the Club Ticket Office are as follows:
Adult: £23
Concession (60+, 17-19 and full-time students): £21
Juniors (5-16): £10
Under 5: FREE
Carers: FREE
Junior Season Ticket Holders: Available at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office.
Ticket prices will increase by £2 if you purchase on the evening of the game from the KCOM Stadium. Junior Swaps will also not be available to exchange at the KCOM Stadium.
Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 25% of the fee if you purchase early direct from the AJ Bell Stadium.


Salford Red Devils supporters will be situated in an unreserved seating area in the East Stand.
The KCOM Stadium is situated at West Park, Hull, HU3 6JU. The Stadium holds 25,400 and is also the home of Hull City AFC.


The Salford Red Devils Supporters’ Coach will be running on Friday evening and there is still time to book at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £16 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos: 3:55pm
Royal Sovereign: 4:05pm
Eccles Town Hall: 4:20pm
Dog & Partridge: 4:30pm
AJ Bell Stadium: 4:45pm
Any Salford Red Devils supporters travelling on the Supporters’ Coach are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.


From the West

Approach Hull from the M62 leading on to the A63. Follow the dual-carriageway under the Humber Bridge onto the A63 ‘Clive Sullivan Way’.
You will approach a fly-over, directly before this, stay left onto the slip road sign posted ‘Infirmary’ and ‘KCOM Stadium’.
At the roundabout, take the second exit- ‘Rawling Way’.
At the next main set of lights (with the hospital in front of you) take a left turn on to A1105 Anlaby Road towards the stadium visible directly to your right.
Continue over the fly-over and down to the next set of lights.
For executive and non-match day parking turn left. For supporter match day parking turn right. For people using a sat-nav, the post code is HU3 6HU.

From the North

Approaching Hull from the A1079, take third exit from the Beverley Bypass and continue down Beverley Road towards the city centre.
When arriving at the junction of Beverley Road, Spring Bank, Freetown Way and Ferensway on the edge of the city centre, turn right onto Spring Bank.
At the junction with Princess Avenue, continue straight on to Spring Bank West. After crossing the railway lines, take an immediate left onto Walton Street for stadium car parking.


Parking is on site at the KCOM Stadium. Vehicles are charged £5 to park on the Walton Street car Park. Gates open three hours before kick-off and close three hours after the final hooter. Please note any vehicles left after this time will be charged with a £75 penalty.
Park & Ride faculties are available in Hull and give great access to the KCOM Stadium. The Priory Park facility is clearly signposted on the A63 when entering from the west of the city. With up to 650 parking spaces, regular buses travel straight down Analby Road, stopping at the KCOM Stadium and continuing into Hull City Centre.

Super League | Robert Elstone appointed as Super League Chief Executive

Super League (Europe) is delighted to confirm the appointment of Robert Elstone as its new Chief Executive.
Elstone, who started on 4th June, brings a passion for Rugby League and a wealth of experience gained from several Senior Executive and Board positions across different sporting organisations including most recently, Chief Executive of Everton Football Club.
His appointment is Super League’s first major step into a new era. He will have a focus on growth, prosperity and success of the Game’s leading clubs and will aim to improve the promotion, marketing and selling of the best possible competition.
Elstone said: “I would like to thank the Super League clubs for giving me the opportunity to shape the future of a sport I have watched and loved for as long as I can remember. I can’t wait to get started and I’m ready to apply all my energies and experience to drive the Betfred Super League forward.
“Like so many sports, we face many challenges. However, we take with us a greater number of much sought-after advantages and attributes, not least our players, our fans, our great clubs and the heritage and values of a fantastic sport. If we can bring all that together I’m confident that the Game can look forward to a bigger and better future.”
Having studied Economics at Hull University and captained its Rugby League team to success in both the Universities’ Cup and Championship, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. He continued his accountancy career in Sydney for two years, before returning to the UK and taking up a position at the RFL supporting its Chief Executive with roles on the 1995 World Cup, the formation of Super League and the first year of the brave venture into France, with PSG Rugby League.
Elstone returned to Deloitte and joined the highly-rated Sports Business Group, at its formation. Whilst at Deloitte, he advised some of the biggest clubs and Leagues in world sport. He then joined Sky to head up its Football Business Affairs team charged with capitalizing on the media and commercial rights acquired at four leading football clubs.
Elstone joined Everton in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer, but, after impressing the club’s Board of Directors, was confirmed Chief Executive in 2009 and a Director in 2016. Elstone, who represents the club at senior Premier League meetings, has seen the club adopt a clear community and fan-led philosophy, pioneer an envied fan-engagement strategy and secure substantial commercial growth through record-breaking new sponsorship deals. Much of his work over recent years has been on the club’s new stadium project, acquiring land, developing designs and securing a substantial element of the funding required to bring the development to fruition.
Elstone added: “At the heart of the Premier League’s success is compelling football played by some of the world’s best players in great stadia that are almost always full. And, whilst there are many obvious economic differences, it is the quality of the product that has underpinned its appeal and growth. Super League needs to start at that same point by investing and improving what we offer to fans, partners and broadcasters. That’s a big scope, which includes formats, calendars, rules, refereeing, facilities and player development and I’m looking forward to working with the Super League clubs, and building a team around me, firstly to determine that way forward but, most importantly, to begin to make it happen.”
Chairman of Super League (Europe), Brian Barwick, said: “I am delighted to welcome Robert back into the sport. He is a great enthusiast of Rugby League and has also worked extensively in the wider business of professional sport.
“The combination of those two assets should prove to be very positive for the ongoing development of the Betfred Super League. Senior Rugby Football League colleagues look forward to working with Robert and I wish him much success in his new role.”

Paul Highton | “It was quite inspiring to be honest”

Last night 857 people assembled – breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever Mental Health session – at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with Salford Red Devils Football and Player Welfare Manager Paul Highton being heavily involved in the event.
Highton said: “It really was a great event and it was quite inspiring to be honest.
“I think the previous record was around 668 and we managed to get over 800 people in there, it was a massive turnout and it was fantastic to be involved in something monumental like that.
“Guinness World Record or not it was nice to see so many people coming together in the Halliwell Jones Stadium last night all for the subject of mental health.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than spreading the word of mental awareness and the crowd really lapped it up and bought into it.
“It’s one of those taboo subjects is mental health as soon as you mention it people either want to turn and walk or try and change the subject.
“The more we can talk about it and use the people who have a profile like sportspersons or public figures the more it normalises mental health. This allows people to have a platform to talk about it and just give them that ability to feel confident that what they talk about isn’t going to get shunned.”
The event centred around six speakers – one of which being Paul Highton – each giving their own talk on a specific area regarding mental health with the Red Devils Football and Player Welfare Manager discussing ‘transition’.
Highton said: “I focused on transition, so I talked about my story from being a player for twenty years then retiring and setting up a business and how I struggled with a loss of identity and structure.
“I self-medicated and drank to try and change the way I was feeling, and I was telling the people in attendance that you don’t need to go down that route and encouraging people to get hobbies.
“We’ve all got more things going on that just our jobs and it’s important we notice that and take our identities away from solely what we do for work.”
The Red Devils and Paul Highton have a very strong and positive relationship with State of Mind with Salford donning the State of Mind logo on their 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend kit.
Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings are set to open this year’s Betfred Super League ‘State of Mind’ round on Thursday 14th June with Paul Highton setting out the Red Devils’ stall taking out Widnes mascot Kemik the Viking at last night’s event.
Highton said: “We were doing an end-to-end kicking competition and there was me and Wolfie [Warrington Wolves’ mascot] were paired up against Ian Smith – former referee – and Kemik the Viking [Widnes Vikings’ mascot].
“Unfortunately, Kemik crossed my path so I had to drop my shoulder and knock him to the floor with his head rolling off!”
Everyone at Salford would like to congratulate everyone that was involved in the event.

Squad | Ian Watson names 19-man squad for visit to Hull FC

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to Hull FC with a number of players making their return to the squad.
Josh Jones returns following a two-month spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the Red Devils last away victory against Huddersfield Giants in April.
Centre Kris Welham is also named in the squad after missing Salford’s last outing against Huddersfield Giants at the AJ Bell Stadium. Jack Littlejohn also makes his return to the 19-man squad.
Niall Evalds misses out after picking up a broken leg a fortnight ago. Ryan Lannon and Gavin Bennion are the two players omitted from the squad which was listed to face Huddersfield two weeks ago.
New loan signings Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain aren’t available for this weekend’s fixture but could feature for the Red Devils against their parent club – Widnes Vikings – next Thursday.
Tickets for our trip to Hull FC are available to purchase now at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Ticket prices will rise on gameday so purchase early from us. For more ticket information regarding Friday’s game click here.
Here is the full 19-man squad:

Squad | Red Devils swoop for Ed Chamberlain and Greg Burke

Salford Red Devils can confirm the loan signings of Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain from Widnes Vikings with Weller Hauraki heading to the Select Security Stadium as part of the deal.
Chamberlain recently featured in the Rugby League World Cup for Ireland while Burke came through the ranks at Wigan Warriors. Hauraki – who has spent three full seasons with the Red Devils – will head the other way in the swap deal.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to bring two new players into the side at this crucial juncture of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
“Ed [Chamberlain] is an outside back which is an area we have been short in this season and his arrival will only stiffen up the competition within the outside backs. Ed’s recent exploits in the Betfred Super League and at an international level with Ireland in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup have developed him into a real prospect.
“Greg [Burke] is a player who has competed at the highest level when coming through the ranks at Wigan Warriors and will add much-needed steel to our forward pack. He has led Widnes’ pack over the last few seasons in a dominant and intimidating fashion.
“Weller [Hauraki] has been an important member of our squad over the past few seasons and has proven to be an asset both on and off the field. All the players and staff would like to wish him all the best for the future.
“The opportunity which has arisen has seen us gain two young British players in exchange for Weller and this is a massive lift to our squad.
Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We’re delighted to get both Greg and Ed in for the remainder of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring some new faces into the Club and unfortunately been pipped at the post for a few players so to bring both Greg and Ed in is a massive boost for us.
“It’s important to keep things fresh and encourage competition for places within the first team squad and I believe both will improve Ian Watson’s options going into the business end of the season.
“Weller has been a fantastic servant and one of our standout quota players over the last few seasons and we’d like to wish him the best of luck for the rest of the 2018 season.”
Full interviews with Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain will be on the Club website and Salford Red Devils TV in the coming days.

Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month | May 2018

Salford Red Devils scored some impressive tries in May 2018 and it’s now time for YOU to vote for YOUR favourite in the latest Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month competition.
The nominees are:
Niall Evalds vs Leigh Centurions – Niall Evalds opened the scoring in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at the Leigh Sports Village after jinking his way over from close-range.
Weller Hauraki vs Catalans Dragons – Club Captain Weller Hauraki got the Red Devils off to a great start at the Dacia Magic Weekend following some clever link-up play with Mark Flanagan.
Niall Evalds vs Huddersfield Giants – Fullback Niall Evalds beat Jordan Rankin to the ball and pulled off a stunning finish on the back of an inch-perfect kick from Derrell Olpherts.
Junior Sa’u vs Huddersfield Giants – The game may have been settled but it didn’t stop Junior Sa’u knocking off three Giants defenders to score in the closing stages.
You can watch all the tries below and head over to our Twitter – @SalfordDevils – to vote!

Statement | Manu Vatuvei leaves Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils can confirm that the Club and Manu Vatuvei have agreed an early release from his contract due to an injury sustained in pre-season.
Director of Rugby & Operations Ian Blease stated: “Unfortunately, the injury Manu sustained in pre-season meant that he would be out for the full season.
“We had hoped that Manu would have played a significant part in our 2018 campaign however we now feel that it is best for both parties for Manu to return home.
“Everyone at the Club would like to wish Manu the best of luck for the future.”

Foundation | William Mills and Matthew Jones selected for Wales U19’s

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that U19’s players William Mills and Matthew Jones have been selected in Wales’ U19 30-man training squad. 
William Mills and Matthew Jones have both been integral parts of the Salford Red Devils Category Three Academy throughout their 2017-18 season and will now look to represent Wales in the 2018 Under 19’s European Championship.
The tournament will be contested in Belgrade, Serbia between the 5th and 11th of August 2018 with Wales facing Russia in the first round of the eight-team knockout tournament.
Anthony Walker, the Wales U19’s Head Coach, said: “We’ve a good balance in the squad from lads playing in Super League academies, Championship, League One and some playing community rugby. It will be good to see how they step up in the camp in the next few weeks.
“My assistant Wayne Ponting and I have been really struggling to limit ourselves to 30 players due to the quality of lads who have missed out. It shows how well rugby league is growing in Wales.
“We are holding a camp on the 26th and 27th and the final 22 players will be selected after this.”
The full Wales U19’s squad is as follows:
Adam Young (Aber Valley Wolves), Cobi Green (Bradford Bulls), James Bartlett, Morgan Cochran, Cadeyrn Hassall, Morgan Rowlands (all Cardiff Blue Dragons), Dewi Billingham (Halifax), Will Lynch (Leigh Miners Rangers), Cai Ellis, James McGurk (both Newcastle Thunder), Jacob Hitchcox, Mathew Monk (both North Wales Crusaders A), William Mills (North Wales Crusaders A / Salford Red Devils), Finn Swift (Pilkington Recs / St Helens), Morgan Cross (Rhondda Outlaws), Blake Turner (Rochdale Hornets), Elliot Jenkins (St Helens), Matthew Jones (Salford Red Devils), Jake Cannon (South Wales Rabbitohs), Ben Hunter (unattached), Lewis Hall (Warrington Wolves), Karlin Claridge, Macauley Harris, Rowland Kaye, Ellis Simon, James Smith, Archie Snook, Fraser Stroud, Aneurin Walker (all West Wales Raiders), Billy Glover (Widnes Vikings).

Squad | Niall Evalds out with a broken leg

Salford Red Devils can confirm that fullback Niall Evalds suffered a broken leg in last week’s game against Huddersfield Giants.
Evalds has been a standout performer for the Red Devils so far this season crossing for seven tries in all competitions so far in 2018. Evalds is also a member of the England Knights squad who are set to face Papua New Guinea at the end of the season.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Obviously losing Niall is a blow for us, he’s been terrific so far this season in attack and defensively with his backfield play.
“However, I’m confident with the players that I have at my disposal we can adjust and continue to perform while Niall is sidelined.
“This creates a chance for other players in the squad to now step in and grasp their opportunity with both hands.”