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Hull v Hull KR: Teams
At KC Stadium, Friday April 6, kick-off 12.15pm, live on Sky Sports 2HD
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle has been forced into three changes for the Good Friday derby against neighbours Hull KR.
With an extending injury list now including props Eamon O'Carroll and Chris Green, Gentle will give a debut to new signing Jay Pitts.
And such is the crisis amongst the forwards that Lee Radford has been asked to come out of retirement to take on the old enemy.
Full-back Wade McKinnon has been included in the squad after being sidelined with a groin injury, while Kirk Yeaman takes the place of the injured Tony Martin.
Centre Yeaman was included last week after recovering from a foot operation but although he didn't feature in the game against Bradford is expected to start this time.
Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock could name his strongest side since taking over in charge after including both skipper Ben Galea and stand-off Blake Green.
Neither has played this season but are both likely to enjoy some game time at the KC.
Utility back Craig Hall is also poised to return with Jordan Cox, Liam Salter and Sam Latus all missing out this week.
"I wasn't aware of how big it is until I got here," Sandercock said of the rivalry between the sides. "But on my first day here someone mentioned it and I've been reminded about it every day since.
"So I'm under no illusions as to how big it is and what it means to the people of East Hull and the supporters of this great club.
"We can safely say it's the only game we want to win for our supporters more than ourselves. They're the ones who follow our football team and they deserve to have some success."
A total of 19,000 tickets have already been sold for the 215th match between the sides, which was switched from Craven Park due to development work taking place there.
Hull squad: Aspinwall, Bowden, T. Briscoe, Ellis, Horne, Houghton, Kent, Lynch, Manu, McKinnon, Nicklas, Pitts, Radford, Sharp, Seymour, Tickle, Turner, Whiting, Yeaman.
Hull KR: McDonnell, Hall, Galea, Clinton, Withers, Carlile, Watts, Wheeldon, Taylor, Lovegrove, J. Hodgson, Paea, Horne, Murrell, Dobson, D. Hodgson, Mika, Welham, Green.
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|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
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|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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