15th November 2020, 16:44 | Hullkr
Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed the signing of England’s all-time top try-scorer Ryan Hall from NRL side Sydney Roosters on a two-year deal.
Hall – who has crossed for 35 tries for his country – previously enjoyed a 12-year spell with Leeds Rhinos winning the Betfred Super League on six occasions, the Coral Challenge Cup twice and the World Club Challenge in 2012.
The 32-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Sydney Roosters who won the NRL Grand Final in Hall’s first season at the club. Hall also featured in last Autumn’s Great Britain Rugby League tour.
On the move, Hall said: “I loved my time over in Australia it was a great experience for me and my family. But I’m back to more familiar territory now, back in England and Super League.
“I started off under Tony smith, he gave me my debut at Leeds and then again with England, and also he’s going to hopefully give me my debut for Hull KR as well.
“It’s pretty cool and familiarity is a comforting thing, so as long as I get settled in as soon as possible I can get back to playing my best Rugby. With my relationship with Tony and Danny McGuire, that should come pretty easily.”
Hull KR Head Coach Tony Smith added: “It’s so crucial to get on the front foot and get going forward and sometimes it needs to be the outside backs to get that to happen.
“That’s an area we wanted to strengthen; we are still ambitious to sign more forwards at this stage. But at the same time, a man of Ryan’s size at 105kg, it’s almost like signing another forward. His power is going to be a really big asset for us to get us on the front foot, plus he’s got that try-scoring ability that everyone’s seen.
“Ryan had a number of choices in front of him, and he’s chosen us, so we are delighted about that. I’ve worked with him before, and the amount he’s learnt from his NRL experience since is enormous.
“Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson speaks of him highly. He’s going to bring a wealth of experience to us. He’s bought into the concept of improving our programme and he’s got a real desire to pass on his knowledge to others.
“Anyone who knows Ryan will know he takes care of himself unbelievable well, he’s in really good condition, he’s got a body younger than most. He’ll be a real asset to us, and I’m delighted that he’s decided to join us to be part of our rejuvenation.”