Hull FC will not take part in the 2017 World Club Series, according to the Hull Daily Mail. Following their Challenge Cup win, it had been hoped the Black & Whites would make their series debut, but have been snubbed but organisers in favour of Warrington.
The RFL only agreed for 2 Super League sides to take part, the Mail suggests, with Grand Final winners Wigan hosting the Cronulla Sharks in the World Club Challenge match at the DW Stadium.
The second game will feature League Leaders Shield winners and Grand Final runners-up Warrington instead of Hull FC, with an opponent and match details still to be decided, although Brisbane are the likely side to take part.
While the club are said to be hugely disappointed on missing out, it’s worth noting that the RFL were keen for FC to take part in what would have been one of the biggest games in the club’s history.
The St George Illawarra Dragons were suggested as a potential opponent, however they, along with the majority of the other NRL sides pulled out stating they didn’t want to travel to the UK as part of their pre-season preparations.
The organisation of the tournament has been branded as ’embarrassing’ by fans with some suggesting it should be scrapped all together, however Hull have missed out on a huge payday, and many fans will be bitterly disappointed by this news.