Twin boost for Titans

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As Rotherham Titans began training for the first time at Abbeydale,home of Sheffield RUFC, they received a major boost before Saturday’s Championship game against Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie.

Two of their most influential players, who were injured during the remarkable league win at Cornish Pirates on Sunday, scrum half and skipper Charlie Mulchrone and hooker Tom Cruse, are making good progress and should be fit to play.

Mulchrone hurt an arm and Cruse a shoulder during the match in Penzance and at first it was thought they would miss the Leeds game, live on Sky, but both were present at the training session at Abbeydale yesterday and should take part in Friday’s training.

It is also thought that props Colin Quigley and Robin Hislop,who both missed the Pirates game, will be recalled to the Rotherham squad to face Leeds, third in the Championship, one place above the Titans.

Meanwhile, coach Lee Blackett,who says he’s delighted with the facilities in Sheffield, has confirmed that he’s keen to sign three new second row forwards for next season.