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Canterbury vice-captain Frank Pritchard will leave the club at the end of the year to take up a three-year deal with Hull FC.
Pritchard is contracted to the Bulldogs until the end of next season but has been given a release to take up what will be the final contract of his career.
The New Zealand and Samoan international was on $650,000 next season and the Dogs will pay about $300,000 of his freight to free up salary cap space. It's likely he will be joined by another former Canterbury teammate at Hull next season, with former New Zealand international Krisnan Inu also in the club's sights.
 

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Hull FC half-back Marc Sneyd has been given a two-game ban for a Grade C dangerous contact offence against Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Danny McGuire.
 

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That Sneyd 'tackle' has caused much heated debate over here, with many thinking it was a deliberate attempted leg-breaker worthy of a much longer ban. I haven't (yet) seen the incident myself.
 

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That Sneyd 'tackle' has caused much heated debate over here, with many thinking it was a deliberate attempted leg-breaker worthy of a much longer ban. I haven't (yet) seen the incident myself.
I often think the "penalty" is based on the damage. Spear tackles excluded.

Once a trip was automatic send off. Yet we see these basic trips a bit.

I feel we need to have the Refs calling "held" quicker and players rewarded for the old fashion legs tackle (ie 3 seconds longer to hold on). The damage to ankles, knees and legs - by these slow twisting tackles - with a third man often coming in late - needs to be addressed. BUT - the defender has to go on with it because he knows the attacker may suddenly spring to life and pass the ball - at the last moment.
 

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Agreed. The Sneyd tackle wasn't like that, though; McGuire was flat on his stomach and wasn't going anywhere, the tackle was complete. Sneyd grabbed him by the ankle, attempting, and largely succeeding, to rotate his whole body that way and slow the p-t-b, and obviously risking severe damage to his ankle, to say the least. And McGuire was sin-binned, for kicking out to extricate himself!
 

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Agreed. The Sneyd tackle wasn't like that, though; McGuire was flat on his stomach and wasn't going anywhere, the tackle was complete. Sneyd grabbed him by the ankle, attempting, and largely succeeding, to rotate his whole body that way and slow the p-t-b, and obviously risking severe damage to his ankle, to say the least. And McGuire was sin-binned, for kicking out to extricate himself!
Yes - saw it on Foxtel.

Can anyone remember what sort of ban Isaac Luke got his attempted leg break tackle on Rangi Chase in a NZ v England test? Similar tackles.
Never taken to Luke. I remember a shoulder charge he once did on a Canberra player (?) - in the kidneys while he was held by 2 others. Pretty sure it was him. Claimed it was legal - which it may have been - but not what a decent person would do.
 

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2 match ban for Sneyd ridiculously lenient. Sends quite the wrong message.
 

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An ex-Hull FC and England Youth rugby league player was one of two men killed in a car crash in East Yorkshire.

Bradley Parker, 19, and an 18-year-old man, from Burstwick, died when their Vauxhall Corsa collided with a Land Rover Defender on Newfield Lane, near Lelley, on Sunday.

The 18-year-old, who was driving the car, has not been named.
 

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Former Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats utility back Lee Smith is training with Hull FC.

The 29-year-old made 15 Super League appearances for the Wildcats last season and helped them retain their top-flight status, but he is now a free agent.
 

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Hull FC have been linked with New Zealand international superstar Benji Marshall for the 2017 season in what would be another huge coup for the Black and Whites.

At 30 years old, Marshall, who has 27 caps for New Zealand, can still cut it at the top level having shot to fame at Wests Tigers, before moving to St George Illawarra over the last three seasons.
 

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DANNY Houghton has made history by becoming the first Hull FC player to be win the Super League’s Man of Steel award.

The hooker has been in a standout in the 2016 season – guiding his club to the Challenge Cup title and within a game of the grand final.

Houghton beat out his team-mate and former NRL star Gareth Ellis as well as try-scoring machine Denny Solomona to claim the prestigious award – which is the highest individual honour in the British game.