Rotherham’s squad has been boosted by the arrival of Canadian World Cup international Kyle Gilmour, 27, who played for his country against Ireland, Italy and France.
Gilmour, a back row forward, has started training with Rotherham and should make his debut in the next two to three weeks.
From the province of Alberta, Gilmour has been capped 14 times and has also skippered the Canada A side against the USA, Uruguay and Argentina.
“I’ve been to the UK before so it is not a culture shock coming to Rotherham; in fact I played against the Championship XV last season at Worcester when I was on tour with Canada and I am not the first Canadian to play at Rotherham. From what I’ve seen, the Championship is a physical league with big packs and a lot of mauling, but I’m not afraid to roll my sleeves up. Now the World Cup is over, my focus is on helping Rotherham.”
After taking a week off following the World Cup, he reported for training at Clifton Lane and the first impressions have been favourable. “Rotherham play an expansive style which is exciting and the coaches Mark Jones and Steve Salvin have a lot of knowledge, but there’s much for me to learn about the Rotherham way. For example, I’m still finding out players’ names and getting up to speed with the team’s moves and calls.”
With a degree in Business and Finance, Gilmour can plan ahead for life after rugby, but just now his aim is to break into the Rotherham side which he may do against Nottingham in two weeks.