Titans appoint new Player/Forwards Coach
Rotherham Rugby Club are delighted to announce that Ed Williamson has been recruited as the new Titans Player/Forwards Coach for the 2013-14 season.
Twenty-nine years-old Williamson arrives at Clifton Lane with a quality playing record, having spent nine seasons at Premiership outfit Newcastle Falcons. Ed joined the Falcons when aged just 18 and went on to make 48 appearances for the North East based side.
Then, following a serious hand injury which kept him out of the game for a season, Ed joined Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie, before spending last term with Premiership side London Welsh.
Williamson hails from Stockton-on-Tees and at 6' 3" and 17 stones, the hard-hitting back rower is certain to add a physical and dynamic presence to the Titans set-up.
Ed’s previous coaching experience came with his involvement with England Students, Newcastle University and with lower league side Westoe. However, Titans Head Coach Lee Blackett is full of confidence Williamson will make his mark at Clifton Lane as a player and a coach, as he explained, “Ed will come in on a similar basis to how I came in last season as a player coach. Ed will mainly coach the forwards and look after large parts of the defence, but he will be available for selection as a player as well.
“Ed has played in the Premiership for several years, so with that he brings in a huge amount of playing experience. He also had a year out with a hand injury and during that spell he coached England Students. So he has got coaching experience, but it will be a massive learning curve for him this year, as it was for me last season. However, I have 100% faith in his abilities as a coach and a player.
“We see Ed playing at either blind side or at number 8 and we know he’s going to bring massive physicality to our pack. He’s really aggressive in his approach, he likes to dominate opposition and he enjoys that aspect of the game.
“He wants to come here because he sees it as a great opportunity. He’s spoken to ex Titans Neil Briggs and Alfie To'oala down at London Welsh and they’ve told him that Rotherham is a fantastic club. They’ve told him how exciting it is to play at Clifton Lane and how good the supporters are and Ed wanted to come here and experience that for himself.
“I Know Ed from my time at Leeds; he’s a very loyal guy and I know this club’s environment will suit him down to the ground. He’s been up here twice to meet us and he’s had a good look around and he’s extremely excited by this opportunity. I think Ed will be a big hit with our supporters and I’m really looking forward to working with him next season.”