It’s been 3,267 days since Hull KR last recorded a victory over St Helens on away turf when the Robins secured a 24-12 win over Saints in 2013. Rovers traveled to the Totally Wicked Stadium without key players Kris Welham, Lincoln Withers, Rhys Lovegrove and Liam Salter.
Travis Burns, Alex Brown and Greg Eden scored first-half tries for the Robins, but it was Michael Dobson who inspired Hull KR on the night by kicking six goals and was a significant threat to Saints all night. We look at where the starting 17 from the famous victory are now.
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The fullback made 39 appearances for the club across two seasons, scoring 24 tries. Still, Eden’s inconsistency saw his game time at Rovers peter out before landing a gig in the NRL with Brisbane Broncos. Eden spent most of his time down under him with the Broncos’ affiliate club Wynnum Manly Seagulls before heading to hometown club Castleford ahead of the 2017 season. Eden recently scored his 100th Castleford try but is out of contract at The Jungle this year.
The Jamaican international spent one year in East Hull, scoring nine tries in 13 appearances. Since leaving Rovers, Brown found it tough to nail down a club and floated around the lower leagues with Leigh Centurions, Batley Bulldogs, Dewsbury Rams, Bradford Bulls, Halifax Panthers and Coventry Bears. He is now a certified personal trainer and runs a security firm for VIP events.
One of the club’s most underrated players in the Super League era. Horne was used as a utility player during his time at Hull KR and featured for the Robins in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final. He left Craven Park after securing the club’s promotion back to Super League and had stints with York and Doncaster before hanging up his boots.
There’s an argument that Hall should still be at the club to this day, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The East Hull lad represented the club in three stints, including a fantastic loan spell in 2018 where Hall scored 14 tries in eight games. However, he was let go ahead of the 2020 campaign by Tony Smith and found a home in Featherstone. He won the Ray French award during Featherstone’s 1895 Cup win in 2021 and is looking to return to Super League with the flatcappers this year.
One of the club’s longest servants, the winger is the only player from the starting 17 against Saints to be still involved at the club. After playing 47 times for the Robins, he retired in 2014 and has been Hull KR’s assistant coach since 2015 and also had a role in the academy before the Hull Merger.
It was always going to be tough to replace Blake Green, but Travis Burns offered something different from what most Rovers supporters had seen in their time watching the club. His aggression and passion from him sometimes got the better of Burns, whose first game for the club came four rounds in as he was serving a 12-man ban from his NRL days. He played in 49 games for the Robins, kicking 85 goals, plus two drop-goals, scoring eight tries and was co-captain alongside Josh Hodgson. Going into 2015, Rovers accepted a £60,000 bid from St Helens, where he spent one season before a loan spell at Leigh. Nowadays, he is involved in car sales back home in Australia.
Probably the greatest Hull KR player in the Super League era. Dobson was the club’s heartbeat for the six years he spent in East Hull. The 2009 Albert Goldthorpe winner scored a whopping 1292 points for Rovers, with his departure from him at the end of 2013 breaking the hearts of the club’s supporters. He also revealed last year that he was close to re-joining Rovers in 2015. Still, in the end, nothing came to fruition because the club used their quota spots on Terry Campese, Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair. Dobson opted to join Salford, where he has spent three seasons in Manchester before retiring and is now a coach at Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
The Tongan international spent two years in East Hull before moving across the river to rivals Hull FC. Paea had two stints with the Black and Whites as he made 93 appearances in four seasons. He also played for the “Exiles” in 2013. At 36 years of age, he is now retired.
The most successful player out of this crop of Robins. Hodgson took over the captaincy at Rovers in 2014 before the Canberra Raiders came calling. Moving to the NRL, many people expected him to flop, but in seven seasons, the hooker has become one of the club’s all-time greats. He enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2016 as he led Canberra to a top-two finish for the first time since 1995 and also captained the Raiders in the 2019 Grand Final, where they were pipped at the final hurdle by Sydney Roosters. Since then, Hodgson has suffered several injuries, including a nasty ACL tear in round one this year which ruled him out for the whole campaign. He will join Paramatta Eels on a two-year deal from 2023.
Walker played 107 times for Hull KR until he rejected a reduced contract when the club was relegated after losing the Million Pound Game to Salford. He then joined St Helens in 2017 but only played nine times for the Saints. Walker then signed for Wakefield but only played seven times for Trinity before being dismissed when he tested positive for cocaine. The prop was given a lifeline at Salford and featured in the 2019 Grand Final defeat for the Red Devils before the player and club agreed to end the contract. He last played for Leigh in 2020 and hasn’t found a club since.
The larger-than-life-forward left the club in late 2015 after six seasons in and around the first team. He then played for Warrington, Sheffield, York and Doncaster. In January 2020, Cox returned to Hull KR and was involved in the reserves set-up with the aim to return to the first-team squad, but tragedy struck when Cox sadly passed away at his home from him in April 2020 and is still sorely missed by everyone involved with the club.
Joining the Robins in 2013 from the North Queensland Cowboys, Paterson’s line running and sturdy handoff quickly saw him become a favorite at the club. However, the forward never saw his contract out and sought an early release from the club to head home to play for Wests Tigers. He then went on to play for Salford, Leigh and Toronto Wolfpack.
He is now the player welfare and team manager at Salford, runs a mental health podcast and his son is a part of the youth set-up at Liverpool FC.
Mika came over to Super League alongside Craig Sandercock and Shannon McDonnell. The powerful second-rower spent two seasons at Rovers before switching to rugby union. After a year in the 15-man code, he signed for Toulouse, where he enjoyed five seasons. He has had stints in England and the USA post-Toulouse and now turns out in France’s Elite One Championship.
Cousin of Hull FC star Carlos, Evarn Tuimavave only lasted one year at the Robins before being released from his contract a year early on compassionate grounds. He never got another first-team gig after his time at Hull KR.
The towering prop played 15 times for the club in 2013 before turning down a new deal in order to sign for St Helens. However, it didn’t work out for Beaumont in Merseyside, and he was shipped out on loan to Rochdale and Whitehaven before joining the Cumbrian side on a permanent deal in 2016 but never kicked on after a promising start.
The hooker played a second fiddle throughout his time at the club but always offered a threat from dummy-half. However, he was released in 2015 to allow Shaun Lunt to join Huddersfield on loan, with the club allowing him to seek first-team opportunities elsewhere. After having stints at Sheffield, Featherstone, Newcastle and Halifax, I have retired in February 2020.
Ollett was one of the club’s brightest prospects, but in 2015 he was let go, some would say unfairly, after a breakout year. Ollett moved to Keighley, Dewsbury and Newcastle before joining Doncaster, where he has played since 2020 and lines up with former Robins Ben Cockayne, Dave Peterson and Connor Robinson for Richard Horne’s side.