St Helens vs Hull FC LIVE team news and preparation ahead of the first game by Simon Grix


It's a big challenge for Hull FC to travel to St Helens this Friday evening. It's always one of the toughest trips on the calendar and when you've had a week like the Black and Whites it's all the more challenging. But that's the card this team has been dealt: Tony Smith is leaving the club, a new director of rugby has been hired and a new investor(s) are coming in.

As far as crazy Hull FC weeks go on the barometer, it was right at the top, and Hull Live was right at the top. Now it's time for rugby again after Hull had a weekend off last week and all voices have since expressed their determination as the team look to show fighting spirit and fighting spirit in the Den of Saints.

With Simon Grix at the helm, the fifth man to take charge of this club since 2020, another new era begins. The interim coach has just over a week to prepare his team and let his messages sink in. Hopefully they've done just that, with all the build-up, team news and live action from Hull FC's latest Super League challenge here, as always. Stay tuned.

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Richie Myler has set out his vision as Hull FC's new director of rugby.(Image: SW Pix)

Simon Grix about today's game

“The Saints play at a high level every week. It would also have been a bit painful to lose to a local rival in a big game, but they play at a good level every week. They've built this and earned this over time, so we expect the best of what Saints can give us.

“We're going to try to play in a way that we've been practicing and get the strength areas to where they need to be. This could give us a chance to be in the fight. We just have to keep showing up no matter what.” If something happens, we move on to the next job. We move on and try to do the next job as best we can.

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Predictions and Previews

It's a big challenge for Hull FC in the sanctuary. They haven't won here since 2017, with a try and two goals from Marc Sneyd enough for an 8-6 win on the night. They will be hard-pressed to achieve a similar result with St Helens the 1/100 favorite with some bookmakers this week.

Here's what our reporters said before the clash.

Steve Prescott Cup

Today's game is the first leg of the Steve Prescott Cup, which Hull FC and St Helens play for every year. Hull are the current winners of the trophy. The 34-6 defeat last June was enough to avenge the 30-12 and 20-12 defeats. This year the trophy is a two-part affair, with the return leg at the MKM Stadium taking place on Saturday August 3rd.

Carlos Tuimavave with the Steve Prescott Cup.(Image: Hull FC)

A new era

The fifth head coach of the 2020s takes charge of the team in Hull this evening. Following the departure of Tony Smith last week, Simon Grix takes over on an interim basis, with Brett Hodgson, Andy Last and Lee Radford also spending time in the hot seat this decade.

Hull FC coach Simon Grix.(Image: SW Pix)

Well then

The sun is shining on the other side of the Pennines and Hull FC are in for a tough test. Over the next three hours we'll catch up on all the team news and prepare, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm in St Helens.