Joel Gill’s injury nightmare could end this weekend after he was included in Rotherham Titans’ squad for the British and Irish Cup trip to Ealing Trailfinders.
The influential centre has not played for nine months after suffering a serious leg injury in training and could take advantage of coach Mark Jones’ desire to freshen his side.
Gill was a key member of the Titans squad which twice reached the Championship promotion play-offs and his return to fitness is a major boost for the.
The Titans return to Championship action next weekend with Jones keen to avoid picking up injuries in the cup this weekend.
Therefore he has opted to rest Ross Jones to ensure the fly half is fully refreshed for the clash with Jersey at Clifton Lane.
The number ten role will be split between Will Goodwin and James McKinney – fully fit again – who came on for the last 20 minutes of the game against Leinster A last Saturday.
Having seen forwards George Oram and Toby Salmon – two new signings make promising performances as replacements against the Irish province – Jones is likely to give opportunities to two more forwards who have still to make their debuts, prop James Elliot and former Sheffield Tigers second row Josh Redfern.
Both forwards have been on loan at Darlington Mowden Park who compete in National One and Jones is unable to assess their potential without watching them play at the level at which Rotherham compete.
Tomorrow’s Cup clash is the second time this season that Rotherham and Ealing have met.
In the Championship’s opening game, the newly promoted West London club came close to causing a big upset as the Titans won by only one point – 24-23.
Since then, Ealing have been competitive in most other games, even though they are currently second from bottom with only two wins.
The Londoners have the ability to score frequently as was seen in their first B&I Cup game at Moseley wher,e in a high scoring match, they put five tries past the Birmingham club who eventually won by 37-31.
Rotherham will have to be at their best if they are to avoid a consecutive defeat in the competition.
Rotherham Titans from: Scanlon, Rath, Wilson, Keating, Barker, J.Hayes, L.Hayes, Gill, McKinney, Goodwin, Davies, Carter, Oram, B.Maddison, Holmes, Salmon, Birch, Cree, Gilmour, Calladine, Redfern, Hislop, Cromie, Preece, C.Maddison, Tampin, Elliot.