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Boudebza joins Robins

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of French hooker John Boudebza from Lezignan.

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of French hooker John Boudebza from Lezignan.

The 24-year-old joins the Robins on a 12-month contract, with the option for a second year at the KC Lightstream Stadium, and will help plug the gap created by the departure of Josh Hodgson.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: “John has impressed in the competition over in France and, from what I’ve seen of him, I’m positive he can adapt to playing in Super League.

“He is a talented young kid who we’ve been monitoring for a number of weeks now. He knows it will be a big challenge and that he will have to earn a chance to play in the side but he has backed himself by coming over here.”

Boudebza, who came through the ranks at Catalans Dragons and also had a spell with Pia, will join up with former Dragons forward Kevin Larroyer at the Robins.

“An opportunity was offered to me at Rovers and, after talking with Kevin Larroyer, I realised how big a chance it was,” he said.

“He spoke of the warm reception he had from the fans and of a good coach and players. Hull KR are very ambitious and I realised it was the club for me.”

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