Robin Hislop extends his stay at the Lane: Robin Hislop_1

Robin Hislop extends his stay at the Lane

Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce that on-loan loosehead prop Robin Hislop has penned a deal to remain at Clifton Lane for the 2014/15 Green King IPA Championship season.

Hislop, 22, joined Rotherham on loan from Edinburgh Rugby in November and made his first appearance from the bench in Titans 36-26 away defeat to Bristol in the Championship that month.

Hislop, from Dumfries, has represented his native Scotland at U17, U18 and U20 levels and to date has made 15 appearances for the Titans, scoring one try along the way.

Titans Head Coach, Lee Blackett, is absolutely delighted Hislop has agreed to remain at Rotherham, as he explained, “It’s great news that Robin has decided to stay for next year. Robin came to us at a crucial time of the season when we were struggling with injuries at loosehead prop. He came in and made a difference right from the start and since his arrival he’s fitted into the group exceptionally well and he’s well respected by every single member of the team.

“We probably expected him to return to Edinburgh, but when the opportunity arose to keep him here, it was a no-brainer from our point of view. Robin has enjoyed his time here and he wants to stay and put himself in the position of playing week in and week out and we feel lucky that he’s decided to stay.

“In addition to his contribution at scrum time, he also offers us plenty around the park and he suits the style of play that we like to adopt in our approach. He’s very good around the field and I would imagine of all the loosehead’s in the league, he must be right up there with the best of them.

“In fact we are blessed in the loosehead position; Toby Williams has come on leaps and bounds this year and we all know what Marshall Gadd brings. They are all really close in terms of performance and each bring different elements to our set up. Our tighthead options are equally as competitive and with the 6 props we have in the squad for next season; we feel we have strengthened well in that area going forward.”

Equally delighted at being at Rotherham next term, Hislop revealed, “I got the opportunity to come on loan to Rotherham and with that the opportunity to play on a regular basis and that’s the important thing for me. I love the way Lee Blackett likes to play the game because it really suits my style. When the chance came to stay at Rotherham for another year I was very happy to sign up and to be a part of what’s going on with the Titans.

“When I first arrived Lee kept on about how good a group of boys he had; I remember thinking it can’t be that good, but in all honesty he was bang on. The spirit within the group is very special and everyone gets on with everyone. Although a few of the boys are moving on next year, most of the boys are staying and that’s very exciting for the club.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming into the Championship; I’d heard it was quite a forwards orientated league and it is with a few teams in the division, but we like to play 15 man rugby and throw it around and as such it’s all gone really well for me here. We’ve got a tough game this week down at Cornish Pirates and hopefully we can get a result down there and that’ll get into the play-offs.”

Hislop concluded by paying tribute to his previous club, “I had a great four years with Edinburgh Rugby; I started off in the academy there and progressed through to the senior squad and I’d like to say a massive thanks to the coaches, staff and everyone up there who has supported and helped me with my rugby.”