Rotherham Titans: Retained list to be announced ahead of Pirates battle

Alex Rieder will enter the second of a two year deal next season
Alex Rieder will enter the second of a two year deal next season
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Rotherham Titans will cement their plans for next season today by revealing which players have been retained for next season.

And the club has also revealed the identity of several new signings made by coach Lee Blackett will be announced during the next week.

It is understood that about half a dozen players from the leagues below the Championship have been recruited for next season.

Those first team players that have recently agreed terms to stay at Clifton Lane will join those who had already signed two year deals extending into the 2015-16 season: forwards Alex Rieder, Jack Preece, Lewis Thiede,Toby Williams and backs Dan White, Lloyd Hayes, Joel Gill and Curtis Wilson.

Meanwhile, Blackett’s squad for Sunday’s Championship clash in Penzance against Cornish Pirates-live on Sky at 3.15 pm-is expected to be more or less the same as the one which triumphed in the Yorkshire derby a fortnight ago.

“What we must do on Sunday is to back up the excellent performance against Yorkshire Carnegie by getting a result against Pirates,”Blackett says.

“They are five points behind us and if they beat us Pirates will have a chance of getting into the top four.

“Wins against Nottingham and Bristol show how good a team they are. They have a strong line out and scrum, and they play more rugby than they are given credit for.

“Pirates will have a go from their own half and as they are at home, they will have targeted this game as one to win.

“The previous game this season in November was closely fought and we expect the same on Sunday,”Blackett adds.

As Rotherham’s coach decides on the make-up of the squad travelling tomorrow down to Penzance, he will be without centre Chris Harris who has returned to Premiership club Newcastle Falcons.

However, another Newcastle player, who’s also dual-registered, forward Sean Robinson, is available for the Pirates match as is hooker Ben Sowrey who has come back briefly to the Titans from Worcester Warriors.

Going into Sunday’s game, Rotherham are fifth in the Championship table on 39 points, two behind Nottingham in fourth on 41 points, so if the Titans are to achieve their aim of a top four finish, their chances would be boosted significantly by winning in Penzance.

Rotherham Titans from: Scanlon, Keating, Davies, Hayes, Wilson, McKinney, White, Hislop, Cruse, Tampin, Maddison, Holmes, Robinson, Rieder, Preece, Morris, Sowrey, Williams, Thiede, Birch, Argyle, Barrett, Cooke, Mitchell.