Hull boss Brett Hodgson slams fact club games are on the same night as England

BRETT Hodgson has blasted the fact Super League clubs are playing on the same night England take on the Combined Nations All Stars.

Shaun Wane should get the chance to coach his country for the first time against a side made up of the best non-English players, even some who can make his squad in future.

But Hull FC coach Hodgson has slammed the call to have three league matches – including his side’s against Huddersfield – when England play next Friday.

Three more are scheduled for the night before and Hodgson, who played for the Exiles side against England in a previous incarnation of the challenge, believes it detracts from the occasion.

He said: “It takes away from the attraction of it. You’d like everyone who enjoys rugby league to be able to sit there and enjoy the international game.

“See the best England players against the best imports over here at the minute.

“Doing what’s been done lends itself to only a certain amount of players from each club being released.

“I believe it should be the best against the best, no restrictions. When it was announced league games would be the same night, I didn’t get it, I still don’t.

“We posed the question why but the decision was already made at that stage.

“If we want it to be a spectacle for the international game it should be on a standalone weekend.”

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