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Rotherham Titans bolster their squad

22 May 2012

  • Youngsters McKinney and Rieder join Titans for upcoming season
  • Rieder swaps West for South Yorkshire, joining from local rivals Leeds Carnegie
New Rotherham Titans signing Alex Rieder in action for his former club Leeds Carnegie

Photo: RFU Archive

Titans Rugby are pleased to announce two further recruits to their squad for the upcoming 2012/13 RFU Championship season.

Joining the Clifton Lane-based side are fly half James McKinney from Ulster and back-rower Alex Rieder from local rivals Leeds Carnegie.

James McKinney at 21 years old is a hot prospect with a good pedigree, having represented Ireland at the Junior World Championships in 2010 and 2011.

During the 2010 tour, McKinney demonstrated his kicking accuracy with an impressive 83% strike rate.

McKinney also had a notable schools career, playing fly half for Campbell College and representing Ulster and Irish Schools. He also signed a development contract with Ulster in 2011/12 after coming through their Academy ranks.

An elusive runner as well as a strong kicker who reads the game well he will be an important player in the Championship next term.

Alex Rieder swaps West for South Yorkshire as he looks to progress his career with Titans Rugby.

The Kendal born, 20 year-old back rower is 6’ 3” and approaching 16 stone so will be expected to bring lots of pace and power.

Rieder joined Leeds Carnegie in 2009 from North Ribblesdale and has represented Yorkshire from U15 to U20 levels.

He won the County Championship with North Ribblesdale and the Yorkshire Cup with Leeds Carnegie.