Hornets welcome overseas recruits

Fiji international Ryan Millard and Kiwi prop Sam Te’o may make their Rochdale debuts in Sunday’s match against Keighley.

Millard, 26, who played for his country in the World Cup, is the latest reminder of the town’s unique relationship with the Pacific Island.

He arrived on Saturday morning alongside Te’o, taking in the sights of Rochdale, before watching their new team-mates go down bravely at home to Dewsbury last weekend.

Millard said: “The score-line didn’t reflect the effort that the team put in and wasn’t something that the boys deserved in the end.  

“However there were plenty of positives to come from the game and it does show that the elevation in the level of rugby should not be a problem for the team and all signs point towards a successful year.  

“There’s an old saying in Rugby League, ‘You don’t win the comp in February and you don’t lose it then either’. A bit of hard work and we’ll be up there competing with the top sides in weeks to come.

“I’m looking forward to this weekends game with Keighley and hope that me and Sam have done enough to warrant selection.”

Coach Ian Talbot says both players come into contention for selection at the weekend.

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