The loss of Welsh centre Jack Roberts to Premiership giants Leicester Tigers will not derail Rotherham’s positive start to their season in the Championship and in the British and Irish Cup.
That’s the attitude being shown at Clifton Lane where the Titans are now preparing for one of the biggest league games of the season a week tonight against Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley. Roberts’ departure is being seen as an opportunity for Rotherham’s remaining centres, Joel Gill, Chris Harris, who has returned from Newcastle Falcons and is now available again, and Jordan Davies, to make a lasting impact.
“We have three of the top centres in the Championship. Davies gets better and better; he was our man of the match at Ulster Ravens” said Titans’ coach Lee Blackett.
“Jack’s going will hurt us a bit, but you can’t hold back a good player like that.
“The fact that Jack has gone to Leicester shows what this club can do in terms of developing players. We move on and as far as any replacement is concerned, we are keeping our options open.
“At Rotherham we always lose players to bigger clubs just as we recruit people from the lower leagues. We are now concentrating on the Yorkshire Carnegie match.
“The training will be tough beforehand and with things looking much better on the injury front we may be able to pick from a fully fit squad” added Blackett.
That suggests that Rotherham’s first choice scrum half, Dan White, who has missed the last three games because of a back injury, is making good progress and may return against his former club. Roberts, who joined Rotherham from LLandovery in 2013, scored 12 tries in 36 games for Titans and quickly became one of the best players in the side.
He has already started training at Tigers and could make his debut this weekend or next in the LV Cup against London Irish or Sale Sharks.