WIN | Competition time with Pentagon Doncaster.

We are delighted to welcome Pentagon Group Doncaster to Castle Park for this Saturday’s game versus Ealing Trailfinders [February 4th] and offer supporters the chance to win a match day hospitality table.

As part of our partnership with the family-owned car dealership, Knights fans can win a hospitality table in the TOSSERS pre-match lunch when we host Yorkshire Carnegie live on SKY on March 19th.

The winner will receive 12 places in the famous pre-match lunch as well as 12 match day tickets.

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize simply fill in your details with a Pentagon representative outside the Clubhouse this Saturday as they showcase their range of Jeeps and Alpha Romeo.

Pentagon visited Castle Park recently to celebrate their continued involvement in community sports and answered the age-old question; how many rugby players can you fit in a Jeep? Check out the results below.

Castle Park well represented in County 20s.

The recent success of youth rugby at Castle Park is set to continue as five Doncaster Phoenix and Knights Academy players have been named in the Yorkshire Under 20s side to face Northumbria this weekend.

There are three Doncaster representatives in the starting XV, Phoenix’ Ben Hyde and Ben Winterburn start at flanker and wing respectively whilst Academy product Will Burden lines up in the centres.

Two Knights Academy players join them on the bench as Will Holling and Dan Robinson looks to contribute to the continued success of the White Rose side who are going in search of a third successive County title.

Sam Jones is also named in the travelling squad, the Academy and Phoenix forward made his return to rugby in last week’s victory over Leeds Trinity after successfully battling Hodgkin lymphona.

The fixture will take place this Sunday [February 5th] at Hull Ionians’ Brantingham Park; kick off 14:00

 

Starting XV:

1 Will Archer (Sheffield Hallam)

2 Luke Chadwick (Otley)

3 Reece Ward (Old Brods)

4 Tom Grahamslaw (c) (Leeds Uni)

5 Felix Rozenbroek (Sheffield Hallam)

6 BEN HYDE (PHOENIX)

7 Lewis Bradley (Huddersfield)

8 Zak Poole (Hull Ionians)

9 Sam Crane (Dinnington)

10 Will Brigham (Driffield)

11 Chester Duff (Leeds Beckett)

12 WILL BURDEN (DONCASTER KNIGHTS ACADEMY/PHOENIX)

13 Connor Field (Notts Uni)

14 Ben Winterburn (Hull Ionians/PHOENIX)

15 Sam Clements (Leeds Beckett)

 

Replacements:

16 Dom Hardman (Hull)

17 WILL HOLLING (DONCASTER KNIGHTS ACADEMY/PHOENIX)

18 DAN ROBINSON (DONCASTER KNIGHTS ACADEMY/PHOENIX)

19 Damola Adejuwon ((Leeds Uni)

20 Sam Boxhall (Hull Ionians)

21 Tom Allott (Sandal/Notts Uni)

22 Ted Stanford (Leeds Beckett)

 

Travelling Reserves

Alex Reid (Leeds Uni)

SAM JONES (DONCASTER KNIGHTS ACADEMY/PHOENIX)

Andrew Dixon (Leeds Beckett)

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Knights blow Bedford away with emphatic start.

Bedford Blues 22-40 Doncaster Knights.

The Knights headed to Goldington Road for what was just the second Championship clash of the New Year to face a Bedford Blues side looking for a first win since 2016.

Where the Knights had profited from the deduction of competition points following the London Welsh’s expulsion the Blues lost five points. As a result the two sides went into the clash separated by six places in the table.

Goldington Road has been a happy hunting ground for the Knights in recent seasons and that continued to be the case as the Knights produced an impressive display lead by a scintillating opening seven minutes.

Donny burst out of the traps and had scored the first try of the game with barely a minute on the clock. Full back Paul Jarvis made a smart break which was immediately continued by Mat Clark; picking straight through the ruck. The centre scorched into the Blues half before flinging an almighty pass to his left where Tyson Lewis collected to sprint home from 30 metres. Dougie Flockhart produced a beautiful touchline conversion for a seven-point score.

The early assault continued and the Knights went on to establish a 19 points advantage in under ten minutes.

Paul Jarvis was the next to go close, the full back produced a nice chip after fine handling from Lloyd Hayes and Flockhart. Unfortunately, the bounce of the ball evaded him but it did little to stem the Knights attacking flow. Simon Humberstone carried to the line before hitting Glen Young with a short pass, the lock had the presence of mind to quickly ship it back opening space down the right. Clark carried forward before a wide pass found its way to Michael Hills giving the skipper an easy trot home. Flockhart was unable to convert this time.

The third try came almost immediately after, Glen Young won a penalty on the floor which was put to touch. From the line out the Knights forwards carried with purpose and Matt Challinor got deep into the 22m. Spotting a gap, Jack Ram carried through a hole before demonstrating some neat footwork to get over the line; Dougie converted.

The game did eventually settle and the hosts found their feet in the clash but the Knights continued to look the better of the two sides. Good Bedford chances came to an end through a combination of good defence and handling errors. On the twenty minute mark there was a lengthy break in play as the touch judge changed the batteries in his radio which seemed to stifle the flow of the game a little.

The Blues established some good field position after the Knights conceded back to back penalties but an impressive transition from defence to attack quick saw Donny back up in Blues territory and registering a bonus point try. Having won possession width was put on the ball and several telling carries, notably from Clark and Ram, put the Knights into the home 22m. Several pick and go carries ensued before Richard List barged his way over.

The Blues made an immediate response, after winning back possession, lively scrum half Tom James spotted a gap at the base of a ruck & raced through. Bursting into the Knights 22m he backed his pace to round Tyson Lewis and touch down.

The score against rallied the Knights who produced a truly stunning try in response, one worth checking the highlights for. Front foot ball saw Lloyd Hayes carry forward before handing on to Ben Hunter who showed a lovely pair of clean hands to release Dougie Flockhart. The winger sprinted forward before executing an inch perfect chip inside for Michael Heaney who outstripped the covering defence to dot down. Flockhart converted and at 5-31 you would have forgiven Bedford fans for setting off home.

It was the hosts who had the final say in the opening forty as they ended on a high. An exerted period of pressure in the Donny 22m eventually created a gap which Tom James threaded a lovely grubber kick through. At full tilt winger Dean Adamson was able to touch down and Myles Dorrian converted to make it 31-12 at the break.

In the face of a 19-point deficit and playing up the slope for the second half the Blues could well have rolled over but instead produced a much-improved showing to make a fist of the game and secure a losing bonus point.

After a barrage of early pressure the Blues’ third try eventually came on 58 minutes, a solid scrum in good field position preceded a series of attacking phases which created space out wide for Pat Tapley to collect a wide pace and race over.

With momentum firmly behind them and nothing to lose the Blues threw caution to the wind and registered a bonus point fourth try shortly after. Number eight Jason Hill collected a quickly taken line out and capitalised on some confusion in the Donny midfield to carry deep into the Knights 22m. As the coverage closed in around him Hill chucked a smart wide pass to Adamson who dotted down for a second time meaning that with fifteen minutes to play the lead was cut to nine points.

The Knights needed to hold their nerve and that is exactly what they did through structured defensive play to force three penalties all slotted by Flockhart to make the final score 22-40.

This was arguably the Knights most impressive display of the season, very timely ahead of next weekend’s visit of fellow play-off chasers Ealing Trailfinders.

Blues XV; 15) George Perkins, 14) Pat Tapley , 13) Michael LeBourgeois (c), 12) Ollie Dodge (Jake Sharp 59’), 11) Dean Adamson, 10) Myles Dorrian, 9) Tom James (Jordan Burns 59’), 1) Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Camillo Parilli-Ocampo 59’), 2) Jacob Fields (Dan George 38’), 3) Ben Cooper (Christian Judge 59’), 4) Paul Tupai (Byron Hodge 53’), 5) Will Carrick-Smith, 6) Justin Blanchet (Ben Adams 73’), 7) Josh Buggea, 8) Jason Hill

Replacements; 16) Dan George, 17) Camillo Parilli-Ocampo, 18) Christian Judge, 19) Byron Hodge, 20) Ben Adams, 21) Jordan Burns, 22) Jake Sharp

Tries; James 37’, Adamson 40’, 65’ Tapley 58’

Conv; Dorrian 40’

Pens;

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis (Sean Scanlon 65’), 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Mat Clark, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone (Dec Cusack 52’), 9) Michael Heaney (Sam Edgerley 71’), 1) Richard List (Jack Bergmanas 65’), 2) Ben Hunter (Harry Allen 58’), 3, WillGriff John (Colin Quigley 75’), 4) Matt Challinor (Dave Nolan 75’), 5) Glen Young ,6) Jack Ram, 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Jarad Williams

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Harry Allen, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) David Nolan, 20) Declan Cusack, 21) Sam Edgerley, 22, Sean Scanlon

Tries; Lewis 2’, Hills 6’, Ram 9’, List 35’, Heaney 39’

Conv; Flockhart 2’, 9’, 39’

Pens; Flockhart 67’, 70’, 80’

Attendance; 1,901

Referee; Ian Tempest

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Knights vs Carnegie live on Sky.

The Knights Round 17 clash with Yorkshire Carnegie will now take place on Sunday March 19th [KO 15:00] rather than March 18th.

The change is to accommodate Sky Sports who make their second visit of the season to Castle Park; their seventh since the Knights returned to the Championship in 2014/15.

All pre-purchased tickets and season tickets are still valid for the revised date and you can purchase tickets online now through our online ticketing system.  

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The Yorkshire Rugby Union Show

The Knights are featuring in a brand new programme – The Yorkshire Rugby Union Show, which has just gone live on YouTube.

The online programme is designed to promote all levels of rugby union in our Yorkshire, covering all areas of the game, and is presented by the BBC’s Gareth Jones. 

In the first episode skipper Michael Hills dishes the dirt on the Knight’s squad, telling us who he rates as the most skillful player, but who also has the worst dress sense. Clive Griffiths also pays tribute to Dougie Flockhart after making his 200th appearance for the club.

There’s a South Yorkshire battle of general knowledge, Colin Quigley takes on opposite number Joe Rees, from Rotherham in a rare battle of brains over brawn. 

Also in the show the Yorkshire Carnegie squad take on a Dizzy Kicks Challenge, and Yorkshire One club Yarnbury are profiled in their Grassroots Rugby section; 

Watch the first show here.

The Yorkshire Rugby Union Show is keen to hear from grassroots clubs about featuring in future episodes. You can get in contact with the show via Twitter @YorkshireRUshow or by emailing yorkshirerushow@gmail.com

You can also check out their Facebook page, with photos and videos.

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Strong side named for Championship return.

The Knights make three changes from the XV that beat Rotherham Titans last Saturday in the British and Irish Cup as the league resumes with an away trip to Bedford Blues.

There are two swaps in the forwards for Round 13 as Jarad Williams returns to partner Jack Ram and captain Michael Hills in the back row. Glen Young is back from Falcons duty and switches with David Nolan to partner Matt Challinor and there are no changes upfront as Richard List, Ben Hunter and WillGriff John continue with pushing duties.

Lloyd Hayes’ inclusion is the only switch to the Knights backline, the centre partners Mat Clark in midfield with double centurion Dougie Flockhart shifting to the wing. Tyson Lewis starts on the left hand with Paul Jarvis at full back. Michael Heaney and Simon Humberstone continue in the half backs with Humberstone making his first Championship start since October 1st.

The Knights have plenty to bring on with Jack Bergmanas, Harry Allen and Colin Quigley providing front-row cover and Dave Nolan completing the forward replacements. The coaching have elected to go with a four/three, forward/back split with Declan Cusack, Sam Edgerley and Sean Scanlon all hoping to make an impact from the bench.

Kick off tomorrow is at 15:00. For those unable to make the trip to Goldington Road be sure to follow the Knights social media streams for live updates throughout.

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Mat Clark, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3, WillGriff John, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Glen Young ,6) Jack Ram, 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Jarad Williams

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Harry Allen, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) David Nolan, 20) Declan Cusack, 21) Sam Edgerley, 22, Sean Scanlon

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Women’s rugby taster at Castle Park

WOMEN ENCOURAGED TO MEET THEIR ‘INNER WARRIOR’ AT DONCASTER RUGBY CLUB WITH THE DONCASTER DEMONS.

Doncaster Knights Rugby Club is part of England Rugby’s ‘Meet Your Inner Warrior’ campaign encouraging more women to play rugby.

The campaign aims to encourage more women and girls to take up contact rugby within their communities. A call to the surface of the inner toughness that inhabits all women, the England Rugby campaign aims to stir this inner alpha spirit, the inner undiscovered rugby player within all women.

The Doncaster Demons Warrior Camp training session is set to take place on Wednesday 25th January running from 7pm to 8:30pm, participants need not have any prior experience playing rugby.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director said, “We set ourselves an ambitious target when launching our women and girls’ strategy in 2014; to get 25,000 women participating in contact rugby.

“Despite the ever-growing appetite for the sport that we have witnessed through achieving our target one year ahead of schedule, we know there is still work to be done to ensure women are aware of the opportunities out there for them to participate in rugby, whether for fun or at a competitive level.”

The Doncaster Demons Warrior Camp is a commitment free taster sessions teaching participants key introductory skills and drills for rugby, with help on hand every step of the way, all you need need to take part are a pair of trainers and your usual workout gear.

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This Saturday at Castle Park.

As the Knights travel to Bedford Blues for round 13 of the Championship, Castle Park plays host to Doncaster Phoenix’ crunch clash versus Morley.

Phoenix and Morley are battling for National Three North survival and Saturday’s result could go a long way to determining who avoids the drop.

Any fans unable to make the trip to Goldington Road are urged to get behind the Club’s non-professional playing arm in what promises to be a scintillating affair.

Prior to kick off, Phoenix hold their annual Club Captain’s Charity Pre-Match Dinner in the Arms Park Suite. This year’s chosen charity is the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds Hospital with all profits from tickets sold and the raffle going to the fund.

Places cost just £17.50, arrival is 12:30 ahead of a 14:15 kick off, and places are available now by calling Amy Plevey on 07787568504.

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Academy star Sam battles cancer to return to play.

The Academy kick off their 2017 campaign today with a British Universities Northern Conference Plate clash versus Leeds Trinity 1ST XV.

It’s been a stunning start to the New Year for the Doncaster Knights Academy. In the last week, Alex Keeton became the first Academy product to feature for the Knights 1st XV and four of the team were named in the Yorkshire U20s training squad to face Northumberland.

These successes are to be in no way overlooked but few would argue that today’s individual milestone achieved by flanker Sam Jones today surpasses the lot.

The former England Counties Under 18s back-rower joined the Academy in the summer aiming to impress at Castle Park and catch the attentions of the senior coaching staff, however, it was not to be. Sam received some devastating news just a couple of weeks into pre-season as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma; an uncommon form of Cancer that is most prevalent in young adults in their early 20s.

Now, following a remarkable journey of strength and determination, Sam is back and set to take to the field for the Academy for the first time today and tells us about his incredible battle. “I started pre-season with the Academy in the summer and had only been in training for a couple of weeks when I found out I had Hodgkin lymphoma.

“I played a sevens tournament for Phoenix at the weekend then started my treatment on the Monday and pretty much haven’t played properly from then until now.

“As part of the treatment I was required to have chemotherapy every other Friday which took really it out of me. It would take me about five days to recover from each session, after that I could do bits of training including the non-contact stuff and gym work.

“It was very frustrating as I’d feel like I was making progress then have another session of chemo and be knocked back to where I was.”

As 2016 drew to a close Sam received the news he’d been longing for as he was told that he was all clear and the 18-year-old has wasted no time at all getting back to doing what he loves and has already been called up to the County U20s squad.  “I had my final treatment at the end of December and got the all clear so now and I’m just delighted to be back playing.

“Today will be my first game since I got the news but I’ve watched all the Academy games so far. It was frustrating not to be playing but it would have been worse if we had been getting beat every week, now I just want to try and help us have a good finish to the season.

“I’m definitely a bit nervous for today’s game, I always had a few nerves before a game but it feels like i’m completely starting again today as I’ve had so long out plus it’s a Cup game so we know we need a win.

“As a team, we really want to try and win promotion in the BUCS but on a personal note I just want to be back playing, get my fitness up and hopefully make a good impression on the field.”

Sam and his Academy teammates kick off versus Leeds Trinity today at 14:00 with score updates available via twitter. 

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RFU Statement | London Welsh will not continue to play in the Championship.

Following the appointment of Liquidators in December 2016, a  temporary licence was granted by the RFU to London Welsh (via a “Phoenix Entity”) to enable participation in The Greene King IPA Championship. The licence expired on 21st January. The conditions required by the RFU regulations to enable London Welsh to continue to participate in the competition following the expiry of the temporary licence have not been met – despite the RFU granting two extensions deadlines – and, with regret, London Welsh will no longer be granted permission to play in The Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of this season and beyond.

This decision does not affect the position of London Welsh Amateur RFC, which will continue as a voting member of the RFU.

London Welsh Rugby Football Club Limited (“London Welsh”) went into liquidation on 23 December 2016 and accordingly its membership of the RFU ceased, with the liquidator confirming that London Welsh would not continue to fulfil its fixtures. 

On 21 December 2016, Rugby 1885 Limited (the “Phoenix Entity”) was granted a temporary licence to take the place of London Welsh in the Greene King IPA Championship for two matches on 24 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.  The temporary licence granted to the Phoenix Entity expired on 21 January 2017. 

The temporary licence was granted to allow those involved in the Phoenix Entity additional time to satisfy all the conditions required in RFU Regulation 5 which would allow the Phoenix Entity to take over the position of London Welsh in the Championship on a permanent basis. 

Click here to read RFU regulation 5 and the supporting appendix which lists the conditions the Phoenix Entity was required to fulfil. The RFU gave the Phoenix Entity a deadline of 16 January 2017 to satisfy these conditions.

The RFU Board met on Tuesday 17 January to review this information and consider whether it satisfied the criteria set out in RFU Regulation 5.  On the basis of the information provided at that meeting, the Board could not conclude it was satisfied, but agreed to give the Phoenix Entity an extended deadline of 10am on Friday 20 January to provide the following additional information:

    1. Payment of a bond and evidence of funds to pay all rugby creditors;
    2. further clarity on the Phoenix Entity’s business plan;
    3. a satisfactory governance structure to show separation between the Phoenix Entity and London Welsh Amateur RFC.

The Board met again on Friday 20 January to review the situation and considered all information provided by the Phoenix Entity.  The bond was not lodged by this time, and the RFU was not provided with evidence showing that there was cash immediately in place to pay the Rugby Creditors. The RFU granted a further, final extension to the deadline to satisfy the conditions of Regulation 5, but this deadline expired at 10 am today.

Therefore the RFU Board has concluded that the Phoenix Entity has not satisfied all conditions required and the Phoenix Entity will not be granted permission to participate in the Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of the season and beyond. 

RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett commented; “It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point, but with London Welsh in liquidation and unable to satisfy conditions to compete in The Greene King IPA Championship as a professional club, participation in the competition became untenable.  We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh, including players, staff and supporters, and the sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game.”

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