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RUGBY UNION: Titterrell's fired up for Leeds return
ANDY Titterrell is relishing a return to his former club when London Welsh visit Leeds Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday.
The former England hooker is one of five ex-Leeds players in the Welsh squad, whose 100 per cent league record faces a stern test at Headingley.
“I always look forward to playing in every game that I am selected for, none more so than against Leeds,” said Titterrell, a Lions tourist in 2005.
“I had a fantastic time when I played there. I captained the side and they have got a really good set-up.
“I still have a lot of friends who are involved with the club.”
Titterrell left Leeds in 2012 and joined Welsh after a season with Edinburgh.
“I hope I get a good reception,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave in the first place.
“It wasn’t a rugby decision as to why I left. I think the players knew that.”
Sunday’s opponents groundshare with rugby league club Leeds Rhinos and are expected to be among Welsh’s promotion rivals.
“It is a great time of year to play up there,” said Titterrell.
“The Rhinos lads have had a few weeks off and the pitch will be in great nick.
“The pitch at Headingley will be similar to the Kassam.
“Leeds will want to play a good running game and so will we.”
Player-coach Gordon Ross is another of Welsh’s ex-Leeds contingent.
“Leeds have been on a good winning running run,” said Ross. “It is going to be a massive challenge.”
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