Four Titans head south to Vallis Way
Ealing Trailfinders have swooped to bring in four Rotherham Titans players for the 2016-17 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Luke Carter, Curtis Wilson, Willie Ryan and Lewis Thiede will all head down the M1 to link up with Ben Ward’s side.
Carter, Ryan and Thiede all started the most recent match between the sides, a 45-12 Ealing Trailfinders victory at Vallis Way.
Luke Carter is a scrum-half and spent one season with Rotherham. He is no stranger to rugby in the west London area; after he made his name with Cinderford he was picked up by Henley Hawks from there moved to Rosslyn Park.
From Park he moved to Rotherham and in his one season at Clifton Lane he featured in 22 matches and scored one try.
Winger Wilson hails from Yorkshire and having previously played for Yorkshire Carnegie and Otley he joined Rotherham in early 2013. Since then he has scored 19 tries in 45 appearances and appeared for England U18s and U19s.
“Luke was one of the best nines in National 1 and has taken that form into the Championship. His running game will suit our pitch and the way we want to play, ” Director of Rugby Ward said.
“Curtis is strong, powerful and quick. The way we play means he will receive plenty of ball and be a real threat with ball in hand. He scored a hat-trick against us earlier in the season and I'm sure he will enjoy playing on the 3G surface.”
Tight-head prop Thiede will bring plenty of experience of the Championship with him as he previously played for Doncaster and London Scottish. He also played for Wasps for two seasons and won honours for Yorkshire.
Ryan hails from Ireland and played for Cork Constitution and UCC Rugby before he crossed the Irish Sea to join Rotherham in 2014. The back-row player featured 30 times for the Clifton Lane outfit and scored one try.
“Lewis was one of, if not the best tight-head in the Championship a while back, ” coach Alex Codling said. “He still has enormous potential and the capability to get back to that form and beyond. He will add a lot of experience to our scrum which has performed strongly in recent games.
“Willie brings a lot of go forward with the ball in hand and a real physical edge which is key in this division. We saw first-hand the damage he can do when he played against us last weekend. I am excited about where he can get to this season in what is a very competitive area for us.”