Tough-tackling Yorkshireman gets the call to arms from Codling

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ROTHERHAM centre Joel Gill, who has re-signed for the Titans, makes a rare appearance in the league starting line-up in tomorrow’s home game against Cornish Pirates.

Aggressive Gill, signed from Otley last summer, has made an impression during Titans’ British and Irish Cup campaign. A strong tackler, Gill has had to be patient but now forms a partnership with Lee Blackett in the centre.

He takes the place of the rested Eamonn Sheridan and becomes one of the replacements.

“Joel has been outstanding in training and in the Cup. He deserves a shot” says Codling who makes the odd change to the side which beat Doncaster.

“I don’t think Latu Makaafi is going to be available because of knee injury and visa problems, so Alex Rieder will, I think, take Latu’s place as flanker and Toby Freeman will be at number eight. The other flanker will be Joe Ellyatt.”

One interesting addition to Titans’ squad is Doncaster hooker Ali Thomson, whose stint at Rotherham was arranged following talks between Codling and Doncaster’s coach Clive Griffiths.

Titans are short of hookers because of injuries to Dan Baines and Harry Hannan,and with Jarrod Saunders back at Saracens, Thomson is required to fill gaps.

“We are really grateful to Clive for his help and wish Doncaster all the best in their fight to stay up. It is essential for the geographical balance of the Championship that there are good teams from the North. You don’t want a league dominated by clubs from the Midlands and the South” said Codling.

Titans: Law, Doneghan, Gill, Blackett, Wilson, McKinney, Mulchrone, Gadd, Stagg, Denman, Thomas, Sanderson, Rieder, Ellyatt, Freeman.