RUGBY UNION: New blow for Titans star

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Rotherham’s Welsh forward, number eight Rory Pitman, who has just recently returned from injury, has been hurt again and is today having an X-ray on his ribs after being injured during Friday’s 9-9 draw in Cork against champions Munster in the British and Irish Cup.

After seeing Rotherham’s doctor, it is thought that Pitman, who was in outstanding form in Cork until he was hurt, will go to hospital to assess the extent of any damage.

The Welshman is, however, confident that he will be fit for Rotherham’s next Championship match at Bedford on Boxing Day.

“I’ve had a text from Rory and he says he is in a bit of pain and his ribs are bruised,” says centre Lee Blackett, who skippered the Titans against Munster.

“The boys really fronted up mentally and physically against Munster. Our defence was good and overall it was an excellent performance.

“What we have to do now is to repeat that performance against Bedford on Boxing Day.

“Bedford are the second best team in the Championship and it will be the toughest of games, but we have a good back line and a decent set of forwards and we can play with intensity, so anything can happen down there,” added Blackett.

The Bedford-Rotherham clash was switched to Boxing Day because the Blues know they will attract a substantial crowd of probably more than 3,000.

As coach Alex Codling begins his preparations for the Boxing Day clash, one selection issue which he will have to deal with is whether to give a Championship debut to new signing, second row forward Ben Thomas, who came on as a second half replacement against Munster.

Rotherham, who have won two games, drawn one and lost one in the British and Irish Cup, have two fixtures remaining in the competition, against Plymouth and Aberavon on January 12 and 19 respectively.