ROTHERHAM V NEWCASTLE FALCONS –SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
15 Bernardo Stortoni14 Anthony Elliott13 Peter Jorgensen12 Jon Pritchard11 Joe Ewens10 Jonathon Benson9 Jacob Rauluni (capt.)
1 Nick Lloyd2 Peter Smyth3 John Rawson4 Johnathan Pendlebury5 Luke Gross6 Craig Short7 Russell Earnshaw8 Geraint Lewis
16 Christian Loader17 Simon Bunting18 Dan Cook19 Leon Greeff20 Neil Spence21 Matthew Rhodes22 Phil Jones
Titans try to recover from the disappointment of the home defeat by Saracens by making changes . A new 2nd Row combination of England Under – 21 Johnathan Pendlebury and Luke Gross (fresh from the World Cup) – is tried. It is a big occasion for Pendlebury to start in the Premiership with the club with which he began his senior career. Ex- Leinster hooker Peter Smyth also makes his first start of the campaign in place of Chris Johnson. Craig Short also returns after a head injury.
The 3-4s see the return of Jacob Rauluni from the World Cup and he takes the captain’s armband – and the versatile Jon Benson starts off in his favoured no. 10 jersey.
“ The squad have trained remarkably well in trying to change things around. A new approach and new training methods have been tried and the players have responded to it all very well. It won’t be long before the first win comes,” said Mike Schmid.