Rugby Union: Titans boss delighted to recruit young prop

Titans head coach Lee Blackett.
Titans head coach Lee Blackett.
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Rotherham Titans have strengthened their squad for next season by signing one of Ulster’s best young forwards.

Adam Macklin, aged 24, is a prop who has appeared almost 30 times for Ulster, including games in the Heineken Cup, Europe’s top club competition.

Making his Ulster debut in 2010, Mackin had earlier played for Ireland in the 2009 Junior World Cup held in Japan; when not playing for Ulster, Rotherham’s latest signing turns out for Belfast Harlequins.

“This is an excellent signing for us,” said Titans coach Lee Blackett. “Adam is highly ambitious and by coming to Rotherham his long term ambitions of playing for Ireland in the Six Nations will be increased. He has benefited from the professionalism of the Ulster set-up with whom we have a good relationship and his experience of playing in European games will help Rotherham enormously. We expect a lot of him.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham have made only two changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Championship match against Bedford at Goldington Road where the Titans have a poor record in the league.

In the pack, Robin Hislop replaces Marshall Gadd at prop and in the backs, winger Jamie Broadley comes in for Curtis Wilson.

Although they have beaten Bedford three times this season, twice in the British and Irish Cup and once in the Championship, Blackett is expecting one of their toughest away games of the entire campaign.