Dan is the man for Rotherham Titans

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Strength in depth has been one of the major features of Rotherham’s success this season, and now that the Titans are in next month’s promotion play-offs against Bristol or London Welsh, expect an influential role to be performed by scrum half Dan White, who would start automatically in many sides.

Saturday’s Championship clash and Yorkshire derby against Leeds Carnegie at Abbeydale will be a special occasion, not least because it will be the biggest rugby union game to be staged in Sheffield for at least 10 years.

It’s a special day, too, for White, 24, as he will be playing against his former club where he began his professional career, aged 18, in 2007.

“In the first game in November, we were not at our best and I think I have a few things to put right. I want to give a better account of myself.

“We’ve certainly improved since we were beaten 19-10 and importantly we can take a lot of confidence going into the match from our victory in Cornwall.

“It was such a good feeling to come away from Cornish Pirates with that win on Sunday. Rotherham showed unbelievable character to turn around a first half deficit and then put on 33 unanswered points.

“Since the Leeds defeat,we’ve matured and we’ve learned a lot of lessons from our losses and wins. We realise, though, we still have plenty to work on.

“I can tell you it feels great to be part of the side. Our coach, Lee Blackett, often refers to use as a special group of players, and he is right, we do have very good players.

“But Rotherham is not just about individuals. The whole squad is tightly knit.”

Switching the Leeds game-live on Sky at 5.15 pm on Saturday - to Abbeydale should not necessarily mean losing the home advantage generated by the partisan support from the Clifton Lane Shed.

Hundreds of Rotherham fans are expected to travel to Sheffield and, as White says, the Abbeydale pitch looks excellent.

“It seems a good track and for the next two games, the one against Leeds and then our leg in the play-offs, we will make this our home.

“The Rotherham Shed have been great when we’ve been at home and even more vocal when we’ve been away.

“It’s a massive shame we can’t play our last two home games at Clifton Lane, but Abbeydale will be good for us and it will be our home in the short term, and I’m sure we will be well supported.”