Rotherham Titans hope to make history

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ROTHERHAM Titans will be bolstered by the return of two players back from injury tonight in a history-making trip at Munster in the British & Irish Cup (6.30pm).

The clash in Cork is the first competitive match between the clubs on Irish soil and Rotherham need a result to keep alive their hopes in the competition.

Rotherham lost 36-21 to Munster, the present holders, last Saturday.

Eamonn Sheridan and Lee Blackett will team up in the centres this evening. Charlie Mulchrone is preferred at scrum half, replacing Jimmy Williams who settles for a place on the bench. In the pack, Jamie Kilbane and Ross Davies come back as loosehead and tighthead prop, Dan Sanderson plays in the second row, whilst Alex Rieder returns to a starting slot at blindside flanker.

Titans coach Alex Codling said: “We’ve lost our control over Pool 7 and as a result we are going over there to give it a real go. We’ve selected a strong side and our aim is to be adventurous.

“Munster are very good side and keen to retain the trophy. However, we believe we are a good side too and I want the boys to do themselves justice.

“There’s no pressure on us because no one outside our camp believes we get the result, but it won’t be for a lack of effort if we don’t.”

Titans: F Mulchrone, Homan, Sheridan, Blackett (Capt), Gill, McKinney, C Mulchrone, Kilbane, Stagg, Davies, Freeman, Sanderson, Rieder, Makaafi, Pitman. Replacements: Denman, Cahill, Thomas, Ellyatt, Law, Doneghan, Williams.