Rotherham Titans: Bomber fancies promotion blast

Rotherham Titans' Robin Hislop
Rotherham Titans' Robin Hislop

Forward Robin Hislop is confident Rotherham Titans will reach their third consecutive promotion play-offs this season

Hislop is closing in on his landmark 50th appearance for the club with the man known as The Bomber - regarded as one of the best props in the Championship - set to pass the milestone at London Scottish next weekend.

The 23-year-old joined from Edinburgh two years ago and rates the two promotion play-off campaigns as the highlights of his Clifton Lane tenure so far.

And he is looking for more at the end of the current season.

“I see no reason why we can’t do the same this season,” Hislop said.

“What I really enjoy at Rotherham is having the opportunity of playing every week which I didn’t have at Edinburgh.

“Also it’s about playing with your mates and playing good rugby at a decent standard. That’s pretty special for me, and I have learnt a massive amount at Rotherham.

“The Championship is a good place to learn and we have a most competitive pack and we are strong in all areas in terms of depth.

“The team spirit here is genuinely excellent and while at Edinburgh we often flew to games, at Rotherham you travel by coach which means you spend more time with the lads and that in turn is good for team bonding.”

Borders-born Hislop is the son of a farmer and played for Edinburgh four times in European rugby as well as featuring in two junior World Cups.

He also captained Scotland’s U20 team against England in the 2012 Six Nations.

Hislop said: “It was a massive honour to skipper my country in that game and I had played against Owen Farrell and George Ford who recently appeared for England in the World Cup.

“I come from a rugby family. My father, Brian, played for Langholm and was capped as a prop by Scotland B. He was also called Bomber, so I’m continuing the tradition.

“My father comes to games at Clifton Lane. He loves the atmosphere.

“As to the future, my long term ambition would possibly be to move to the Pro 12 league where the top professional teams in Ireland, Wales and Scotland play, or to the English Premiership.

“But I’m happy at Rotherham and the focus has to be on reaching the top four again, but this time competing for the full 80 minutes and not for 60.”

Hislop is already planning ahead to some extent because he would like to go into coaching eventually.

Rotherham’s prop has passed his Level Two coaching course and is coaching the forwards at Sheffield RUFC at Abbeydale on Thursday nights.