Titans bring in William Ryan for next season
Rotherham Titans have strengthened their squad further, ahead of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season, with the addition of Irish back-rower William Ryan.
Ryan, who plays his club rugby for Cork Constitution, trained with Munster in pre-season, where he impressed greatly. His main attributes are his ball carrying abilities, quick, slick footwork and great hands. Ryan used to play hurling meaning he has terrific handling skills and he will arrive at Rotherham in the summer with a reputation of a player who has a tremendous attitude and who works very hard in all he does.
At 6’ 4” and 16 and half stones, he is well equipped for the rigours of Championship rugby. Ryan has won both Munster junior and senior cup medals, captained UCC in 2012/2013 and played Irish Club in 2013 and 2014.
The twenty-three years-old, is delighted to be joining the Titans and said of his impending arrival, “A huge reason for me wanting to play with Rotherham Titans is the brand of rugby they play; they play a high tempo, physical game. Also after speaking to former player Sean Dougall and full back Sean Scanlon, they made me aware of the tradition at the club and the opportunity players get there. I'm personally delighted to make the step up to this level and hope I can add to the already very competitive back row.”
Equally delighted with the capture of Ryan, Titans Lee Blackett explained, “We are very much looking forward to having Willie Ryan on board with us next season; we have a history of bringing Irish lads over and hopefully he’ll be another one that comes here and goes on to be successful for the club.
“Willie comes here with a great reputation. Sean Dougall trained with him at Munster in pre-season and Sean rated him very highly both on and off the field. Sean Scanlon also has a lot of contacts in Munster and every person he and I contacted about Willie, all came back to us with the highest of recommendations and we expect big things from him next season.
“He’s played predominantly at number 8, but he can also play at blindside and he’ll fit real nice into how we like to play the game. He’s fast, mobile and works extremely hard; he’s just the type of player that we want here at Clifton Lane.”