Rotherham Titans’ coach, Andre Bester, is taking significant steps to strengthen his first team squad at Clifton Lane, a few days after the disappointing defeat at Cornish Pirates which caused them drop to fifth place in the Championship table.
A new, experienced scrum half, who has played at senior level and will therefore be able to adapt quickly to the demands of the Championship has been contacted by Bester; if the talks are successful, as expected, he will join Rotherham and compete for a place in the team with present number nines, Jimmy Williams and Matt Rhodes.
Meanwhile, a new centre from Scotland, David McCall, who has been playing for Glasgow Warriors, has been signed on a month’s loan and will go straight into the side for tomorrow’s British and Irish Cup game at Swansea.
The 24-year-old arrived at Clifton Lane on Tuesday and has been training since then, and if he impresses at St.Helen’s, McCall will make his Championship debut in the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Knights a week tomorrow at Clifton Lane. The team which will represent Rotherham in Swansea shows several changes to the league side.
However, it is not without experience. Skipper and lock forward, Sam Dickinson, who has appeared in dozens of league contests, is named in the line-up as have full back Steve Hamilton, forward Barney Maddison and backs Byron Godfrey and Cliffie Hodgson, all of whom have appeared in the Championship this season. Interestingly, the son of the Rotherham coach, Jan Francois Bester, a hooker, is one of the replacements and will celebrate his 18th birthday tomorrow by making his debut, probably in the second half at the St.Helen’s ground.
TITANS: Hamilton, McMahon, McCall, Homan, Brierley, Hodgson, Godfrey, Harris, White, Stout, Noonan, Maddison, Dickinson, Kirwan, Wade.