Rugby Union: White targets regular Titans starting spot

Scrum-half Dan White.
Scrum-half Dan White.
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Rotherham Titans, fourth in the Championship, resume training today after a break of several days and will immediately begin to prepare for Saturday’s league game against Plymouth at Clifton Lane.

One of the reasons for Rotherham’s success this season has been the impact the replacements have made, normally in the second half.

Scrum-half Dan White, aged 24, is a good example of a player who has had a strong influence coming off the bench as the ex-Leeds and Hull number nine takes the place of Charlie Mulchrone.

Coach Lee Blackett, who has started White in nine games in both the Championship and the B and I Cup, has been delighted with the progress he has made as White’s growing maturity is providing genuine competition for Mulchrone.

White said: “I’m pushing Charlie for his place, the season’s going better than anyone expected and I’ve signed a new two year deal at Rotherham where Lee’s player-management is excellent so I’m thrilled.

“My game has matured here and now I want to push on and play at the top level. I now bring tempo to the side; before I was trying to impress in the wrong manner.”

“There’s a lot of potential in our squad, we are fulfilling it and we have to keep up the head of steam so that we finish in the top four,” added White, who was signed for the Leeds Academy by England coach Stuart Lancaster. “Stuart’s man-management was just right and Lee has learned from that. Talking of Leeds, I can’t wait for the return game at Rotherham next month.

“I didn’t have a great match during the Championship match at Headingley in November, so we have a point to prove and it’ll be nice to right some wrongs.

“We must show Leeds there’s more than one team in Yorkshire and that we have the capability to compete.”