McNamara to fill Reynolds void
Hull FC youngster Ben McNamara is set to line up against Featherstone in the Challenge Cup on Saturday after Josh Reynolds was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The 19-year-old, the teenage son of former club favourite and Catalans coach Steve McNamara, is poised to partner Marc Sneyd, who is expected to shake off a dead leg.
New signing Reynolds will be out for up to six weeks after the injury he sustained in Sunday's impressive 35-4 win over Salford in the Super League proved to be worse than first feared.
The former Wests Tigers stand-off had enjoyed a dream start for Hull with three tries in his first two appearances as the Black & Whites got off to the perfect 100 percent start to their campaign.
But Reynolds' injury gives McNamara a chance to shine at Championship side Featherstone, who have beaten Championship rivals Bradford Bulls and Batley Bulldogs to reach the last 16.
Hull are five-time Challenge Cup winners and head coach Brett Hodgson, himself a Lance Todd Trophy winner as man of the match from Warrington's win over Leeds in the 2012 final, is confident McNamara, who only made his club debut in October, can help guide his side to a quarter-final place.
"It gives Ben a really good chance of showing what he can do," Hodgson told Sky Sports. "We're excited about what he's done in pre-season and we're definitely confident Ben can fill that void.
"He's a confident boy and he's learning his role in the group. He'll have some help around him."
Hull FC are 1.062 shots at Featherstone and 8.00 to go on and lift the trophy at Wembley in July.
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