ROTHERHAM TITANS: Yorkshire derby return for experienced Titans

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Two of Rotherham’s most influential players return to the Titans’ team for one of the most important games of the Championship season at Clifton Lane tomorrow.

Fly half James McKinney and centre Eamonn Sheridan are both back in the side for the Yorkshire derby against Leeds Carnegie having been absent with injury.

The return of the Irish players is a timely boost to Rotherham’s chances of winning and moving up the Championship table.

Rotherham dropped to seventh in the league following the heavy defeat at Cornish Pirates; Leeds have risen to fourth and have won five games to the Titans four.

Tomorrow’s contest will be keenly observed and assessed by the new Rotherham coach Alex Codling who officially takes over on a full time basis on Monday of next week.

Codling addressed the players at a meeting at Clifton Lane on Wednesday and will hold one-to-one meetings with each member of the squad within the next fortnight.

“I told them they can expect a lot of hard work and I will create a positive and challenging environment for them.

“I would like to add to the squad because of the injury problems when the right players come along. Having depth in the squad adds to its quality and means there’s competition for places and it also means players can have a rest. As regards the Leeds game, I told the players that a win for us is important for the club’s long term prospects this season and that I wanted them to show Leeds that Clifton Lane was a tough place to play and it was a ground full of passion.

“I will be watching but Lee Blackett and Michael Whitehead, who have done such an excellent job, will be in charge before and during the match.”

With the return of McKinney, Rotherham are fortunate that they go into a big game with the advantage of having two of the most accurate goal kickers in the Championship.

Skippered by centre Garry Law, who was the Titans’ leading points’ scorer last season, Rotherham potentially possess two outstanding match winners in the Scotsman and the younger fly half from Ulster.

Titans: F.Mulchrone, Homan, Sheridan, Law, Doneghan, McKinney, C.Mulchrone, Gadd, Stagg, Denman, Freeman, Sanderson, Rieder, Ellyatt, Kirwan.