Brett Davey’s newest signature is blindside flanker Sam Pailor from Bedford Blues, who is also comfortable at second-row.
The 22-year-old versatile forward is known for his prowess in the lineout and physicality in ball carrying. He is a hard-working, powerful player with a good rugby CV in a short time frame.
Born in Swindon, Pailor earned his move to Bedford after a successful upbringing with Pontypool RFC and the Newport Gwent Dragons Academy. Whilst achieving his grounding in professional rugby he also represented Wales at U20 level impressing Blues boss Mike Rayer along the way.
His move to Doncaster under another Welsh coach Davey signifies his ambition to play full-time rugby in a forward facing club after making 14 appearances at Goldington Road last season.
“I can’t wait to join the Knights; I’m so excited I think there are big things to come from us next season.
“I’ve seen some of the signings for this summer and the lads already there and things are shaping up nicely, I just hope I can make a telling contribution and get a full-season of rugby under my belt and earn the respect of the players and coaches.
“The way Doncaster play rugby is very exciting and they are passionate about playing attractive rugby for the fans. They have always had great forwards and are known for their physical edge.”
Pailor, an ex Wales 7s squad member, is also looking forward to linking up with former Dragons and Pontypool team-mate Rhys Buckley who he rates very highly.
“Rhys is another quality signing who does his talking on the pitch and gives 100% whether it’s game day or on the training paddock. A lot of Welsh lads don’t hold back and it’s the way you are taught at Pooler.
“Also having played with Jamie (Lennard) this season I’m very happy he has signed as he is a first class ten and I’m comfortable with his game which makes mine easier.
“I can’t underestimate how much I am looking forward to next season at Doncaster, I believe the Knights will turn a few heads and will be battling at the top of the table come the play-offs.”
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