AS Rotherham Titans’ coach Alex Codling plans his long term vision for the club, he says he wants to establish strong links with Leicester Tigers, one of the powerhouses of English rugby.
“I’d like to explore is developing a relationship with them” he said. “We have signed a loan deal with the Tigers who have agreed to let us have one of their promising forwards, flanker George Oliver.
“I’m not sure how long Oliver will be with us, but I expect it will be for a short period.
“In any case, I have selected him for the squad which plays Munster A tomorrow in the British and Irish Cup. We are pleased to have Oliver on loan and I’m sure he’ll make an impact,” says Codling.
The other new face to have been brought in by Codling, hooker Harry Hannan, is cup-tied, so he is unavailable for Munster A, the holders of the British and Irish Cup whose younger players are among the best in Europe.
Rotherham will show a few changes to the team which beat Moseley last weekend in the Championship. Among them, scrum half Jimmy Williams returns as does winger Ed Styles.
In the pack, lock forward Nile Dacres, who is dual registered with Worcester Warriors, takes over from Championship regular Dan Sanderson, one of the replacements.
Rotherham will be skippered for the first time by full back Fergus Mulchrone, but once the Championship campaign restarts at Bedford on Boxing Day, Garry Law will resume that responsibility.
“In terms of his composure, Fergus is the ideal candidate for this game. Like his brother, Charlie, he has a lot of talent,” explained Codling.
“In the forwards, I have picked Dacres and the game against Munster is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do against a side whose squad is exceptional,” Codling adds.