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Hull KR de-register Dobson to enable Mason to play

Willie Mason
New Hull KR man Willie Mason has been capped 24 times by Australia

Hull KR have temporarily de-registered injured Australian scrum-half Michael Dobson to enable new signing Willie Mason to make his debut this weekend.

Six months on from being signed by the Robins, Mason will finally be allowed to play against Crusaders at Craven Park on Sunday - as an overseas player.

Dobson is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury and is due to be out for two months.

Mason will take Dobson's overseas place until his Tongan passport is verified.

The former North Queensland Cowboys prop had been expected to join KR as a non-quota player after applying for a Tongan passport.

A club statement said: "At the present time, the club awaits final clearance on Willie's Tongan passport, which is anticipated in the next few days.

Willie Mason is available to play in this Sunday's Super League fixture against Crusaders at Craven Park

RFL statement

"In the circumstances, Michael Dobson has been de-registered.

"Once Willie's passport formalities are completed and Dobson is again fit to be selected, he will be re-registered."

A Rugby Football League statement confirmed his availability for Sunday's game.

"The RFL can confirm that Hull KR have registered Willie Mason and the player is available to play in this Sunday's Super League fixture against Crusaders at Craven Park."



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