They may be underdogs going up against an international side, but Rotherham Titans full-back Michael Keating believes the Greene King Championship XV have every chance of pulling off a victory when they take on Canada on Sunday.
The representative side, pulled together from all 12 Championship clubs, came together earlier this week under Nottingham head coach Martin Haag ahead of the game at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium.
Keating is joined in the squad by fellow Titans player Tom Kruse, with the pair set to test their abilities against a Canada side containing a number of players with Championship experience.
And despite only spending a short time together, the Leinster-born player is convinced they have the quality to cause Canada some real problems on the field.
“It’s difficult getting a group from all different clubs coming together but the quality of the Championship is getting better every year and I think you could pick players from any club and it’s going to be a good team, really,” said Keating, who is back to full fitness after missing pre-season with an injury.
“Canada are a good team and well coached so I think it’s going to be a difficult for us but we’ve had a good few sessions together and we should play a nice expansive game and it’ll be a good advert for the Championship.
“The fact we’ve been brought together at short notice will make us underdogs against an international
team but I think the quality we have will allow us to play some expansive rugby.”