Rotherham Titans, second in the Championship on 56 points- one point behind league leaders Leeds Carnegie- have been given four days off from tomorrow before they report back next Monday to prepare for one of the biggest games of the season.
The March 1 Clifton Lane clash against Bristol, who are currently third, is live on Sky (4.45 pm.) The fact that Sky have chosen the game shows the remarkable progress Titans have made under coach Lee Blackett.
The derby against Leeds at Clifton Lane on April 19 has also been selected by Sky, but by then Rotherham will be hoping they have already secured a place in the top four play-offs.
Injuries to forwards Laurence Pearce and Ed Williamson have forced Blackett to strengthen the squad.
Premiership club, Newcastle Falcons, have agreed to the dual registration of back row forward Ben Morris who has been training with Rotherham this week. Morris, 23, who has appeared for Pontefract and junior sides at Leeds Carnegie, has been playing for Tyneside club Blaydon in National One and comes highly recommended by Newcastle coach Dean Richards. The former Leicester and England star and ex-Harlequins coach has also allowed Titans to sign as a dual registered player the talented fly half Joel Hodgson.
The 21 year old has already played for Rotherham in three Championship games this season.
Hodgson may be in the squad for the Bristol game. While Morris and Hodgson are dual registered, Blackett has made his first signing for the rest of this season and next.
Centre Jordan Davies, 23, has also begun training at Clifton Lane as the former Sale Sharks and Salford Reds back settles in.
“Jordan has massive potential, has played both codes and at 6ft 2ins is taller than our other centres. I came across Jordan at Leeds Carnegie, he’s great with the ball in hand and kicks well” says Blackett.