Rugby union: Bumper crowd for Rotherham Titans v Worcester Warriors

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A crowd of more than 2,000 is expected at Clifton Lane tomorrow for Rotherham’s most important league game of the season so far, against ex-Premiership club Worcester Warriors.

The Midlands side, second in the Championship and, along with Bristol, favourites to win promotion, are likely to include two ex-Rotherham stars in their squad, scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone and second-row Dan Sanderson.

Titans coach Lee Blackett is unable to announce his starting line-up because Lewis Thiede (ankle) and centres Chris Harris (finger) and Jack Roberts (hamstring) face late fitness tests.

“This is going to be a massive challenge, a big, big test. Worcester have one of the best squads in the Championship,” he said.

“The game will be hard up front as Worcester have the best scrum and line-out in the Championship.

“Having said that, it was tough for us last season when we played in the play-offs, so we are used to playing sides with bigger squads and budgets.

“Rotherham will have to be at their very best if we are to beat them. I think our crowd will play a major part in the game and I will be disappointed if there were fewer than 2,000 at Clifton Lane.”

With more than 20 players on their books who have appeared in the Premiership, Worcester are strong favourites. They have lost only once , to Bristol narrowly 23-19.

Rotherham, though, have home advantage and are confident after wins against Bedford, Plymouth and Jersey, wins that have taken them to fourth on 14 points.

Managed by director of rugby Dean Ryan, wealthy Worcester are determined not to copy Bristol who have struggled for several seasons to regain their place in the Premiership.

Titans from: Hayes, Keating, Harris, J Davies, Scanlon, Broadley, McKinney, Barrett, Morris, Rieder, Ryan, Birch, White, A Davies, Hislop, Williams, Cruse, Preece, Tampin, Thiede, Macklin, Parker, Holmes.