It’s all change as Titans blood four new men

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Rotherham Titans, who switch to the British and Irish Cup tomorrow when they play Aberavon of the Welsh Premiership in Port Talbot, have signed a forward from Worcester Warriors, for a month, on a dual registered basis.

Nile Dacres, who can play either in the second row or at the back of the scrum, is expected to make his Titans debut in Wales as will at least three other players who have not appeared for the first team so far in the Championship.

The Mulchrone brothers, Charlie and Fergus, signed from Macclesfield, will appear for the first time as will back row forward Joe Elyatt, the former Jersey and Bath Academy player, who signed for Titans last week.

Another new signing who has been on loan to Sheffield Tigers, full back Ed Styles, is also expected to make his first team debut in a Rotherham team which will show several changes to the line-up which beat Bristol 23-16 in the Championship a week ago.

Props Gareth Denman and Marshall Gadd who will also start at Aberavon.

The Welsh club, bottom of the Principality Building Society Premiership, are suffering a bad run of results.

They have lost six out of seven league games, but with home advantage, Aberavon, coached by Simon King and skippered by lock Sam Williams, will be competitive.

Rotherham, who will probably be captained by fly half Michael Whitehead who did not play against Bristol, are taking the British and Irish Cup seriously this season.

And with several first team regulars injured, the Aberavon match is seen as an opportunity to assess the potential of players who may be promoted once the Championship resumes in three weeks time.