ROTHERHAM TITANS: New Titans coach to be unveiled next week

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A SUCCESSOR to Rotherham Titans’ former coach Andre Bester will not be appointed before their Sunday Championship game at Cornish Pirates.

The club’s directors have spoken to several candidates this week and one is being interviewed today by the chairman of Rotherham, Nick Cragg, on his way down to Cornwall.

Titans are keen to appoint a coach with experience of coaching forwards which is why Alex Codling remains the favourite.

It now seems probable that Bester’s successor will be named sometime next week, but in the meantime, senior players, Lee Blackett and Michael Whitehead, continue to impress the directors with the way they have taken over team preparations. Blackett and Whitehead have created a good atmosphere at the club since the turmoil caused by Bester’s resignation, and the team they have chosen to tackle Cornish Pirates will be ready to run the ball and make full use of the Rotherham backs.

The injury crisis is showing a slight improvement with the return of hooker Dan Baines to the squad, but other than that, the team is expected to be the same which beat Doncaster 38-20 last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Rotherham are hopeful of arranging another deal with Premiership side, Worcester Warriors, by which a back row forward would come to Clifton Lane, a deal that would ease the injury problems.

Looking ahead to the Yorkshire derby against Leeds Carnegie at Clifton Lane in a fortnight, Rotherham’s chances will be boosted by the expected return, earlier than predicted, of fly half James McKinney who injured his ankles against Newcastle Falcons at the end of last month.

As for Cornish Pirates, for a change lower in the Championship table than the Titans with a record of three wins in eight league games, Rotherham will need to keep a close eye on the league’s top try scorer, full back or wing Matt Evans, who has seven tries to his credit.