ROTHERHAM TITANS AND BARNSLEY AGREE GROUNDSHARE

Rotherham Titans and Barnsley have agreed a groundshare deal at Oakwell.

The arrangement has been made on the stipulation that the rugby club get promoted to the Premiership, and will then move into the Tykes’ 23,000-seater stadium.

The Titans currently compete in English rugby union’s second tier - the Championship - and are near certainties to qualify for the end-of-season Play-Offs.

Under Rugby Football Union rules, their current 2,500-capacity home at Clifton Lane would not meet the required standards for top division rugby. 

Titans chairman Nick Cragg said: “Of course we would prefer to be playing in Rotherham but there is nowhere in town for us to play.

“We put a request out to all the sports clubs in the surrounding area and Barnsley and Mansfield were the only ones to respond positively.

"I would hope that Barnsley fans will embrace having top flight rugby union on their doorstep. They would be able to see some of the best teams and players in the country if not the world."

The Championship football club’s chief executive added: “The Titans approached us and we feel that, commercially, it would make sense to have them as a tenant if they are playing in the Aviva Premiership. It is definitely going to happen if they go up."

Should the partnership go ahead - expected to be for around a quarter of a million pounds - Barnsley’s preference is that their tenants drop Rotherham from their name.

Posted on 16/04/2014