As Rotherham Titans, now fourth in the Championship following their defeat by leaders Bristol at the weekend, prepare to bounce back against Nottingham on Sunday, two influential forwards may miss the Meadow Lane clash because of injury.
Number eight Alfie To’oala faces a late fitness test on a hamstring and hooker Tom Cruse could also be absent because of an ankle injury.
In To’oala’s case, it’s thought his chances of playing on Sunday are doubtful, and with Ed Williamson still injured, it is not certain who will be picked to play at the back of the scrum by coach Lee Blackett.
Meanwhile, Irish full back, Sean Scanlon, who is the latest player to re-sign for next season, has been explaining his reasons for deciding to stay at Clifton Lane.
The 25 year old from Limerick says:” I believe there is something special happening at Rotherham and I want to be part of it. Rotherham play the right type of rugby.
“ Lee is a top class coach and he has put together a squad that is challenging for a place in the promotion play-offs and that’s where we intend to be at the end of the season.”
Scanlon, who was on Munster’s books before joining Rotherham last summer, is rated so highly by Blackett that Rotherham’s coach thinks his full back is good enough to play in the Premiership.
“I am thrilled to bits that Sean is remaining with us. He is a player with the all-round skills to be a success at the very top and for him to re-sign for us is a massive boost.”
The Titans have now re-signed nine players in the current Championship squad for next seasonand more retentions are expected to be announced by the weekend.