Miller to make his mark in Anglo Welsh LV= Cup

Falcons fly half Rob Miller insists he is determined to take his chance at Sixways on Saturday, as Newcastle travel to face Worcester in the opening weekend of the LV= Cup.

The 20-year-old forms part of a much-changed Falcons line-up, as they look for a repeat of last weekend’s 14-3 league victory over the Warriors.

With game time at a premium in a competitive Newcastle squad, Miller said: “I had a decent rest after the Under-20s World Cup in Japan, and following that I’ve enjoyed a really good pre-season with our conditioners Andy Smith and Kev McShane.

“I always knew my game time would be a little bit flexible this season with the likes of Jimmy Gopperth coming in, but I was aware I would get opportunities and I have a great one this weekend.

“I just have to keep training hard, take my chances when I get them and hopefully stake a claim on the occasions where I’m in the team.”

Having scooped man-of-the-match honours at Leicester earlier in the campaign, the Cumbrian said: “When I’ve managed to get game time I feel as if I’ve done reasonably well, although my last start against Petrarca Padova was really frustrating with the way the conditions changed the game out in Italy.

“We’d trained in the sun all week looking to play a really expansive game, but when the storm came in an hour before kick-off that just flipped the whole strategy on its head and we couldn’t really play much rugby in those conditions.”

Despite the Falcons making 12 changes for Saturday’s LV= Cup encounter, Miller said: “We’ve obviously rested a couple of guys, but when you look at the side on paper it seems to be a very strong line-up still.

“Training during the week has gone really well, and as a squad we’re massively optimistic about this weekend down at Worcester.

“It’s not a case of simply saying ‘this is a Cup game so let’s chuck anybody in’, because there are actually a lot of established senior players within the team. Alongside that we have some younger guys too, but the good thing is that everyone playing this weekend is absolutely chomping at the bit to get some game time.

“Our mindset as a club is that we’re out to win every game, this weekend is no different and we’re not just going down to Worcester to make up the numbers.

“We’re going at these guys to really take them on, and there are lots of us looking to stake a claim for selection. For myself it’s important to get a start in games like this, and I’m determined to take my chance.”

Forming a key pairing with Hall Charlton down at Sixways, Miller added: “Jackie [Charlton] brings such a huge amount of experience to the team, and to be in a half-back partnership with someone of his class is hugely beneficial to me.

“He is extremely passionate about the club and will lead the side very well as captain, we’re going there to play some rugby and the boys are really looking forward to it.

“We’re not going to play a Barbarians or Sevens style, but we’ll look to shift the play when we get the chance and use the dangerous players we have around the field.”

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