Newcastle Falcons fly half Joel Hodgson has been selected to play his second Championship game for Rotherham in tonight’s clash at Plymouth.
Hodgson had been recalled by the Premiership side after playing for Titans against Bristol a fortnight ago, and while it was never certain that he would be released again by Newcastle, surprisingly he has and so starts the match.
At this stage it is not known how long Hodgson will be at Clifton Lane for, but as he is one of the most talented younger players in England,Rotherham coach Lee Blackett is delighted to be able to make use of him.
Another player on loan, Edinburgh prop Robin Hislop, is also in from the start.When Hislop came on as a replacement at Bristol, he made a good impression.
The other major change in the Rotherham pack sees the return of flanker Alex Rieder in the back row.
Titans, in third place on 29 points with six wins from nine league matches, go into the Plymouth game without experienced forward Ed Williamson who has still to recover from a head injury.
Another player who is not starting is the club’s top try scorer, hooker Tom Cruse. His ankle is still not 100 per cent, so his place in the front row goes to Ben Sowrey,but Cruse is one of the replacements.
Blackett has been stressing all week that his team must show far more discipline and avoid at all costs a repeat of the penalty count that reached almost 20 last weekend against Nottingham.
Titans have also been warned not to show any complacency just because Plymouth have not won at their Brickfields ground this season in their four Championship games.
Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Roberts, Socino, Wilson,Hodgson, Mulchrone, Hislop, Sowrey, Quigley, Maddison, Sanderson, Rieder, Preece, To’oala.