Hull KR heading to Amsterdam as Robins announce groundbreaking pre-season plans

Hull KR are heading overseas in 2025 after announcing plans for a pre-season game in Amsterdam next year. The Robins will head to the Netherlands next year to take on York Knights in what the club has described as their latest 'global expansion project'.

The game will take place on January 25th, 2025 and will take place at the NRCA Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium. The game will be used to further expand the club's branding while also attempting to boost the presence of rugby league in the country, alongside the NRLB competition.

It follows the club's announcement of a unique partnership with the Port Moresby Vipers in Papua New Guinea, with the club focused on building its international links across the sport.

Hull KR Chief Executive, Paul Lakin, said: "This is an exciting day for the club as we continue our Global Robins journey. Last month we announced a historic partnership with the Port Moresby Vipers in Papua New Guinea, and today we announce our next international venture.

"After working with the Netherlands National Rugby League Governing body in the community for some time, we are delighted to extend our partnership to take the club on tour to play a game in Amsterdam in January 2025.

"With direct transport links to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and a long history of trading with the docks of Hull, the great country of the Netherlands are almost neighbours for us, with Amsterdam being a shorter distance away from East Hull in miles than Aberdeen or Devon, as the crow flies.

"With over 100 Rugby clubs in the country, it's a natural territory for us to explore new male and female pathways and grow our footprint, whilst giving our fans the opportunity to have a fantastic weekend away in one of Europe's best cities."

The fixture will see Rovers take Craven Streat overseas, with the club intending to bring the club's regular matchday experience to the stadium. But beyond that, the club has intentions to also work within the community during their time in the country.