Rugby: Rotherham Titans may move to Abbeydale, Sheffield

Rotherham Titans' James McKinney
Rotherham Titans' James McKinney
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The dispute between Rotherham Titans and Rotherham Town Cricket Club over use of Clifton Lane has taken another serious turn.

Following the cricket club’s refusal to let Titans play their last match of the season at Clifton Lane against London Scottish on April 25, the game has been switched to Abbeydale - home of Sheffield RUFC - and the venue for two Titans matches last season.

With little sign of an agreement over the new lease proposed by the Rotherham Athletic Company, who own Clifton Lane, Titans may have to leave their traditional home and move elsewhere with Abbeydale a strong possibility.

Meanwhile, Rotherham, currently fifth in the Championship and preparing for the derby against Doncaster Knights at Clifton Lane a week on Saturday, have received a major boost. Ulster fly half James McKinney, the club’s top points’ scorer in the Championship, has re-signed for next season - a decision that’s delighted coach Lee Blackett. “James has come on massively this season. He’s quite special in the way that he does a lot of background work on the opposition.

“His game management and communication skills are second to none and it’s a great way forward for the club that he’s staying.”

McKinney, much sought after, has been consistently good all season and has scored 149 points- two tries, 23 conversions, 30 penalties and a drop goal.

“I am thrilled to be here next season. We’ve played pretty well so far and hopefully there’s more to come. A lot of the guys are staying and I believe as a group we can kick on again next year.”