Rotherham to face old pal Charlie Mulchrone in televised game on Saturday

Charlie Mulchrone will play for Championship leaders Worcester against Rotherham Titans
Charlie Mulchrone will play for Championship leaders Worcester against Rotherham Titans
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The former Rotherham scrum half Charlie Mulchrone is expected to line up for Championship leaders Worcester Warriors against his old club at Sixways on Saturday.

As Mulchrone, 25, prepares for the game, which is being televised live on Sky at lunchtime, he couldn’t be in better form.

In contrast to Rotherham’s struggle in the draw against Jersey, Worcester thrashed Nottingham 58-3 on Sunday with Mulchrone playing a major role.

The ex-Titans number nine, who appeared in 52 games during two successful seasons at Clifton Lane, scored two tries against Nottingham.

While nearly always the first choice scrum half at Rotherham, because of the competition at Worcester, Mulchrone has started in only six of the 16 games he’s played in the Championship and British and Irish Cup.

Nevertheless, he’s a significant figure in Worcester’s first team squad which has lost only once in the league and will be expected to beat Rotherham comfortably.

With a rugby budget the size of a big lottery win, Worcester, along with Bristol, are fighting to return to the Premiership, and considering the quality of the Warriors squad, that ought to be achieved this season or next.

Worcester are the best attacking side in the Championship, having scored almost 80 tries in 14 games.

In contrast, Rotherham’s tally is 37.

The hosts’ defence is solid, too: whereas Rotherham have conceded 323 points, Worcester, top of the Championship by a point over Bristol, have let in only 198,again the league’s best.

Rotherham were beaten 47-7 by Worcester in October now coach Lee Blackett will be hoping that his side is competitive and can avoid the heavy defeat Nottingham suffered.