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Rotherham Titans have made seven changes to their starting line-up ahead of their Friday night clash against Plymouth Albion; kick-off at Brickfields is 7.45pm.

Latu Makaafi (Broken Collarbone) and Barney Maddison (Knee) are ruled out following injuries they picked up in last weeks 54-31 victory over Jersey. Also sidelined and yet to figure in a competitive game for the Titans are Laurence Pearce and Fergus Mulchrone.

Along the Titans back line Mike Doneghan gets his first start after impressing as a replacement against Jersey; he starts on the left wing replacing Peter Homan. Lee Blackett returns from a dead-leg and will start at outside centre. Blacketts return means Club Captain Garry Law switches to fly half; relegating James McKinney to a bench spot.

Jamie Kilbane and Ted Stagg come into the front row for Shane Cahill and Dan Baines, both of whom are expected to make an impact from the bench. Dan Sanderson starts at lock, whilst Carl Kirwan and Toby Freeman return at blind side and number 8.

Rotherham are fully aware of the challenge that a rejuvenated Albion will pose. The Devon-based side have made a bright start to the Championship, winning three of their four matches to date and currently sit 3rd in the table.

The teams have faced each other in the league on 20 previous occasions, with Rotherham edging the overall tally 11-8 with one draw. However, Titans have only won once in their last eight visits to Brickfields and thats a record they will be aiming to improve upon Friday evening.

Titans Head Coach Andre Bester recognising the challenge ahead said, Its always tough going down to Plymouth and we dont have a great record down there, although our matches tend to be very close affairs and I expect more of the same on Friday.

Weve prepared for Plymouth with the greatest of respect, as we do for all our opponents. We need to stick to our game plan and make sure we execute the basics efficiently. If we are successful in doing that, we should give ourselves an opportunity to get the result we all desire.

Titans: 15 Mike Whitehead, 14 Eamonn Sheridan, 13 Lee Blackett, 12 Pale Nonu, 11 Mike Doneghan, 10 Garry Law (Capt.), 9 Jimmy Williams, 1 Jamie Kilbane, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Ross Davies, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Carl Kirwan, 8 Toby Freeman.

Replacements: 16 Dan Baines, 17 Shane Cahill, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Rory Pitman, 20 Peter Homan, 21 Joel Gill, 22 James McKinney.

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