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Burrows excited to face former club

24 November 2011

  • Back-row forward to face former club in Yorkshire derby
  • I will put on any number if it means that I am playing – Burrows
Ryan Burrows will face former club Rotherham Titans in the RFU Championship Round 12 this weekend

Photo: RFU Archive

Ryan Burrows knows what to expect this Friday night when Leeds Carnegie take on Rotherham having been in the opposition camp the last time the Titans came to Headingley Carnegie in the Championship.

Burrows made the move up the M1 this summer to join Leeds Carnegie and endured a baptism of fire when he was part of the Leeds team who were well beaten on his return to Clifton Lane in the second week of the season. However, after a tough start to the campaign, Diccon Edwards' side have turned things around and go into Friday’s game on the back of six consecutive league wins.

The back row says that the form book will go out of the window on Friday night: "It will be another tough challenge, we owe them a performance after what happened at Clifton Lane but we have put six good wins together and we will be aiming to do that again on Friday."

The Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Rotherham has always been one of the toughest games of the year and Friday’s clash should be no different and Burrows is expecting his old boss, Titans coach Andre Bester, to have his players fired up for kick off.

He added: "The rivalry will be there no doubt. Andre will get into them this week because form goes out the window. When derbies come along, it is who wants it most on the day. The boys at Leeds have pulled together really well and we have a great atmosphere.

"I haven’t spoken to the Rotherham boys this week but I was in touch with them over the past few weeks and they are playing really well, even better than when we played them earlier in the season. Both teams are in good form and both will be looking forward to it. One of us has to lose our winning record and we will be doing our best to make sure it is not us.”

Great competition in the back row – Burrows

Burrows enforced absence through injury has seen England U20 star Jacob Rowan awarded the No.8 shirt and the captain’s armband. However, Burrows who started the season at eight, says he is happy to play at six and will do whatever he can to help the team keep up their winning ways.

He said: "I started the season at eight and have played most of my rugby in recent years there but I have also played at six in the Championship so it is not a problem. I am just pleased to be playing and I will put any number shirt on if it means that I am playing and contributing to the side.

"We have got great competition in the back row especially now with Danny Paul back fit as well. That strength in depth is getting back now because we have lacked that recently with Sean Hohneck and Jon Pendlebury being out. All three of those guys give us a lot of experience and it will be great to have them all back in action over the next few weeks."