The annual pre-season derby between Hull FC and Hull KR will take on extra significance in 2015, as it will be the first time the two clubs compete for the Clive Sullivan Trophy prior to the season beginning.
Both sides have played for the trophy since 2001, but there will now be a fixed setting for the destination of the trophy – every January in pre-season. Sullivan scored over 250 tries in 352 appearances for FC before crossing the river to KR, where he added a further 118 tries in 213 matches.
FC’s Adam Pearson said: “When you think of Hull FC and Hull KR, you immediately think of Clive Sullivan.
“The Trophy has been around for a number of years, but with both clubs playing each other more regularly in pre-season we felt it would be more appropriate to formalise the trophy and play an annual fixture that carries his name, ensuring his legacy and contribution to the game is never forgotten.”
Hull KR CEO Mike Smith added: “For Clive to be held in such esteem by fans of both clubs says it all.
“The annual friendly is always a great occasion and in what will be the 35th anniversary of Clive picking up the Challenge Cup at Wembley in the red and white of Hull KR, the naming of this game is a fitting tribute to a true legend.”