Rugby Union: Titans land forwards coach

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Rotherham Titans have landed a new forwards coach ending a lengthy search.

Ed Williamson, the former London Welsh, Leeds Carnegie and Newcastle Falcons player has been appointed and becomes the right-hand man at Clifton Lane to new head coach Lee Blackett.

Williamson, 29, will also play in the Championship side in the back row as well as coaching the pack.

An aggressive, abrasive and powerful forward, Williamson appeared more than 30 times for Newcastle in the Premiership but then suffered a serious hand injury.

He then moved briefly to Leeds, playing eight games for the Headingley side during the 2011-12 Championship season including against Rotherham.

It was at Leeds where Blackett and Williamson struck a solid relationship and Blackett realises Williamson has the necessary qualities to take on a player-coach role at Clifton Lane.

Williamson was recruited by London Welsh when they went up to the Premiership and their relegation means he was available and looking to make a fresh start.

Successful negotiations were held last week with Williamson, who has coached England Students, Newcastle University and North-east club Westoe. Blackett is still searching for two more props, one of whom must have played in the Championship.

Rotherham have confirmed forward Toby Freeman, who can play both second row and back row, has signed a new contract.