Rotherham Titans’ new signing from Bristol to make his debut

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Rotherham Titans have made one major change to the side for tomorrow’s must-win Championship game against Jersey at Clifton Lane as they try to recover from consecutive defeats.

Centre Mark Cooke, 21, who has played for Bristol this season in the British and Irish Cup, has been signed as a dual registered player, and having impressed in training this week with his new team-mates, is picked to make his first appearance for Rotherham after only a few days at Clifton Lane.

Indeed, the squad is so strong and large at Bristol that Cooke, who has played for England Students, never appeared in the Championship for them, so he makes his league debut tomorrow.

“We have lost two high quality centres this season. Jack Roberts has been signed by Leicester Tigers and Chris Harris has returned to Newcastle Falcons, so when Bristol suggested to us that we take Cooke to give him to some game-time, we were delighted,” said Rotherham coach Lee Blackett.

“Mark will play at inside centre alongside Jordan Davies who returns to the team. Sean Scanlon resumes his place at full back and for this game, backs Jamie Broadley and Lloyd Hayes join the replacements.

“We have been disappointed by the recent results but the season is far from over.

“There are nine Championship games left and as regards getting into the promotion play-offs again, we are going to give that a really good push.”

In his three seasons at Bristol, Cooke made nine appearances in the British and Irish Cup, scoring one try and kicking four conversions and six penalties.

Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Davies, Cooke, Wilson, McKinney, White, Hislop, Cruse, Thiede, Maddison, Holmes, Argyle, Rieder, Morris. Replacements: Preece, Williams, Tampin, Ryan, Hayes, Barrett, Broadley.