Rotherham Titans coach jets off to Far East

Rhys Edwards
Rhys Edwards

Rotherham skills coach Rhys Edwards will be on his way to Heathrow Airport as soon as the Titans’ Championship game against Cornish Pirates has ended on Saturday.

The Welshman is flying to Singapore where he’ll be coaching the Scimitar Sevens squad for an international tournament.

Edwards has picked Rotherham’s Dan Kelly, a Sheffield University student who plays in the centre, to perform in Singapore.

“Dan has lots of potential and is one of four Rotherham players we have identified not only as good sevens players but players who will play in the 15-a-side game as well” he said.

“I am sure you will see Dan playing for Titans next season.”

Other players Rotherham have earmarked as good sevens operators are James Sanderson, Sam Pocklington, still at school in Harrogate, and Dan Grange, a talented back-row player, who’s in the Rotherham Championship squad.

Rotherham Titans v Yorkshire Carnegie. Picture Scott Merrylees

Rotherham Titans v Yorkshire Carnegie. Picture Scott Merrylees

They also keeping tabs ona scrum-half from Rotherham, Sam Crane.

“He will be going along with the other four to the Dubai Sevens in December,” said Edwards who played for Bridgend and then went on to coach the Wales women’s 15-a-side and sevens team for six years.

Appointed Rotherham skills coach by first-team coach Justin Burnell in the summer, Edwards has the important role of developing a sevens squad for Rotherham and also plays a crucial role in improving the first team’s attack and defence.

“I try to make sure the boys get the details right. The core skills of catching and passing the ball and tackling correctly are vital,” Edwards added.

“Rotherham will be highly competitive in each game and I think the potential here is pretty huge.

“What we are doing here on the coaching side is of a high standard, and in recent games against Doncaster and London Welsh we have shown what we are capable of in attack and in defence.

“But the challenge is to be consistent, and that’s why the boys must concentrate all the time. Our squad is young, (average age 22) and lacks a bit of experience but we are competing well.”

Edwards will be back in time for Rotherham’s next Championship game, at Ealing Trailfinders a week on Saturday.