DKTV | Meet the new guys | Junior Bulumakau.

One of the most exciting announcements of the summer was the arrival of a second Bulumakau at Castle Park as Andy’s big brother Junior penned from Glasgow Warriors.

As part of our DKTV mini series ‘Meet The New Guys’ Junior discusses playing alongside his brother and how he’s settling in so far.

The speedster also talks about his exploits in the recent Army vs Navy game at Twickenham as well as his goals for the season. 

Fixtures | Championship fixtures dates confirmed.

Following the fixture announcement made early this month, all dates and kick off times for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship fixtures have now been confirmed. 

All Knights home games will take place at Castle Park and will kick off at 14:30 with the exception of Round twenty-two versus Jersey Reds which will kick off at 15:00 in line with league regulations. 

British and Irish Cup fixtures will also be published once confirmed. 

Check out the full list of Greene King IPA Championship fixtures here

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DKTV | Pitch renovation | Weeks two – Week five.

The exciting and extensive work to Pitch One at Castle Park continues under the careful watch of the DKTV GoPro. 

There has been plenty of developments on the Castle Park mainstage since the last DKTV time lapse was published three weeks ago. 

The ground work, including the installation of a full drainage system, has now been completed and the new Eclipse Hybrid carpet laid as well as the pitch seeded. 

Check out the minute by minute footage of the rennovation from weeks two to five.

DKTV | Meet the new guys | Charlie Foley.

With pre-season now well underway DKTV is catching up with each of the new signings to find out their first impressions of life at Castle Park. 

In the mini-series ‘Meet The New Guys’ the newbies discuss how they’ve settled in, what pre-season training is like so far and their hope and ambitions for the season ahead. 

First up is former Titan Charlie Foley. Charlie’s signing was announced in late May having spent 2016/17 with Rotherham Titans following two season in the Championship with Birmingham Moseley.

The former Leeds University student plays predominantly at ten but is also capable in several positions across the back division and states that so far he’s enjoying the Knight life.

DKTV | Dougie Flockhart pre-season 2017.

With pre-season now into week two DKTV caught up with Dougie Flockhart who, in addition to being the club’s record point-scorer and a double-centurion, is also the Knights Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Dougie gives us an insight into what sort of things the lads can expect in preparation for the 2017/18 campaign as well as a report on the early progress and his goals for the new season.

The winger explains that overall he’s been please with the early signs in trainning and believes that competition within the squad could be higher than ever this season. 

 

Knights announce XBlades Sports as official kit supplier

XBlades Sports has become the Knights official kit supplier ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The global kit manufacturer already works with a number of rugby union sides in the UK such as Gloucester Rugby and county rivals Yorkshire Carnegie and will now make sure the Knights are looking their sharpest this term.

The exciting new partnership starts as the Knights return for pre-season with XBlades tasked to use their expertise as a leading manufacturer and retailer of rugby clothing, equipment and footwear to provide new kit plus a new range of supporter and leisurewear which will be available to purchase at Castle Park and online soon.

Kris Tuner-West, Commercial Manager. “We are delighted to have joined forces with XBlades Sports for the next three seasons, they are a dynamic brand whose infectious ambition for growth and success matches our own.

“We are confident that the new partnership will not only see the Knights take to the field in the highest quality rugby clothing and equipment but also allow us to deliver an exciting and accessible new range of supporter and leisurewear to Knights fans. 

“They boast an impressive portfolio of top level sports teams and we are happy to be the latest addition.”

XBlades Sports is a global sports brand well-known throughout both codes and also are the official kit provider for the likes of Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers in the UK along with Cronulla Sharks and the Paramatta Eels in Australia. 

XBlades also provides a wide range of footwear, protection, sports apparel and leisurewear to community clubs, using its partnership with dozens of elite players in both codes who adopt the role of XBlades Ambassadors to continually develop its products.

Lee Jenkinson, Chief Executive Officer of XBlades Sports UK, said: “Adding the Knights to our impressive and growing list of partner clubs is a fantastic opportunity to work with a leading Championship side and one which has a lot to offer both on and off the field.

“We want to play our part in continuing that success by using our expertise to help the club’s retail department move forward, as well as providing top quality products that will allow the players and coaching staff to do their jobs.

“Doncaster’s community programme is also a particularly exciting aspect of this partnership for us. It’s not just about working with the supporters who come to Castle Park on a match day, the Knights also have a really strong presence within the Doncaster community and their engagement with the thousands of local kids playing the sport is first-class.

“We are confident that we have the right range of products to work with those clubs and players across the community game and strengthen their connection with the Knights.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of the 2017/18 home and away strips as well as the new range of supporter and leisure wear available for retail.

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John Maddock

It is with deep regret the we learn of the passing of John Maddock; a stalwart of the club for many years.

John’s funeral will take place at the Rose Hill Crematorium at 2 20 pm on the 3rd July, and at the Doncaster rugby club afterwards.

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Harlequins prop Evans Knights bound!

With pre-season beginning in just four days’ time the Knights have bolstered their front row options with the signing of loose head prop Owen Evans from Premiership heavyweights Harlequins.

Born in Cardigan in West Wales, Evans talents were identified whilst playing for Llandovery and was picked up by Pro 12 outfit Scarlets.

The 28-year-old represented Wales U20s at the 2009 Junior World Championship against Tonga, Australia and France.

In 2012 Evans switched to Newport Gwent Dragons following two seasons in Llanelli and went on to make over 60 senior appearances for the region.

Owen crossed the border ahead of the 2015/16 season and made nine senior appearances for Quins in his debut season despite huge competition the number one jersey; vying for position with the likes of England international Joe Marler.

Commenting on his latest acquisition Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths said. “Owen arrives from Harlequins where he has faced some very stiff competition for places and is keen to get more game time.

“He’s been involved with plenty of first class clubs and we are delighted to be able to secure his services.

“It shows how highly Doncaster Knights are regarded within the sport and he will strengthen us in the loosehead position.

“He is a talented scrummager, a very strong defender and can get around the park and be a nuisance at the breakdown also.”

Owen will join up with his new teammates on Monday, a prospect he is relishing. “I’m looking forward to starting my new venture with a very successful Club, looks like a great set up at Doncaster and I’m very excited to be apart of it.” 

Why not welcome Owen to the Club on twitter @OwenEvans999

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Academy recruit more talent as pre-season nears.

Doncaster Knights Academy seem poised for landmark campaign as more talented youngsters commit to the programme. 

Having enjoyed a hugely successful debut campaign in the British Universities & Colleges league structure last season, lifting the Northern Conference Plate, the Academy are now looking to build and are assembling an impressive squad of talent.

With several members of the squad earmarked to begin pre-season training with the Knights next Monday (June 19th) Head Coach Ants Posa explains how he is encouraged that word of the project is spreading. “Our presence is starting to grow beyond the Doncaster zone which is really encouraging. 

“Whilst we are desperate to develop as much home grown talent as possible, ultimately we want to produce top quality players who could go on to play professionally for the Knights one day.

“One of our biggest challenges in the past two seasons has been getting the word out about what we are doing here so we are delighted the message is beginning to spread.

Having already acquired some exciting new additions this summer Posa, who also coaches Doncaster Phoenix, is happy to announce that there has been more joy on the recruitment front with three more prospects now signed up.  “Another three boys have committed to us in the last couple of days.

“Elliot Adamson is joining us from Pocklington School and arrives having played County rugby all the way through and has also represented The Lambs this season which is an invitational team made up from the best talents within the Independent School system.  

“He’s a stand off but also capable in several positions across the backline and was in the Leicester Tigers Academy at a younger age. I think he will do nothing but excel in our academy environment.

“Another new arrival for 2017/18 is Fraser Leiper at hooker.

“It is a position we are quite healthy in already with Will Holling and Alex Keeton but it gives us some fantastic depth up front as well as another arrival in Stylianos Theoklitou-Panagiotou; or Stel.

“Stel is a Donny boy but is Cypriot qualified through is parents and has been capped 23 times with Cyprus.

“He featured regularly for Phoenix last season and is a very strong scrummager who I believe we will see real progress from as a result of full time rugby.

“We’ve got twenty players returning from last season with over twenty new applications from quality players meaning that we are starting to build some real strength in depth.”

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the DC Academy of Sport contact Becky Fores – Program leader for Sport, Fitness & Exercise Sciences – 01302 553635 or email Becky.Fores@don.ac.uk.

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Buy your season ticket online!

For the very first time Knights fans can buy season tickets for the 2017/18 campaign online! 

It has never been easier to purchase your Knights season ticket as we’re proud to launch online season tickets – on sale now!

By purchasing your season ticket online you can pick exactly which seat you want to watch every home game from during the 2017/18 season* with just a couple of clicks

The cost of season tickets has been price locked for 2017/18 following back-to-back top four finishes and, with many of the current squad recommitted, and several exciting new signings announced now is a great time to commit to a season ticket. 

To purchase your 2017/18 season ticket simply click the link above, call 01302 831388 during office hours or email reception@castle-park.co.uk.

Purchasing a Castle Park Season Ticket includes DRFC membership and offers significant savings compared to buying tickets on a match by match basis as well as numerous other benefits including:

  • Full voting rights at the Clubs Annual General Meeting
  • Right to enter ballot for International Ticket allocations after two full seasons or more of continuous Club Membership.
  • Two “Bring a Friend for Free” vouchers for a first team game
  • Regular electronic communication from the Club.
  • Guaranteed entry into all home league, cup (pool) and a minimum of 1 friendly game
  • Guarantee your seat in The De Mulder Lloyd Stand (where applicable)

*Subject to availability – Greene King IPA Championship games, British & Irish Pool games & pre-season friendlies. 

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New season new challenge for Doncaster Phoenix.

Following their debut campaign in the National Leagues in 2016/17 Doncaster Phoenix will be looking to build this term but in a new competition.

Having pulled off a remarkable late run of results to avoid relegation last season, Castle Park’s non-professional playing arm will now compete in National Three Midlands following a reshuffle.

With pre-season due to start early next month Head Coach Ants Posa assesses the challenges that lay in wait for his charges. “Firstly, I think what we achieved at the end of last season with such a young and inexperience squad was incredible, it really was the great escape and it is right up there with any of the other achievements I’ve had as a coach.

“Due to being the most southerly team in National Three North we been transferred to National Three Midlands for the new season.

“I don’t have the same background knowledge of the sides like I do in the North from my time with both Phoenix and Beverley in that division. The North looks extremely tough again but I very much doubt anything will be any easier in the Midlands.

“Ironically, the transfer has produced a local derby for us despite not coming up against any Yorkshire teams as we will face Scunthorpe which will be one we really look forward to.”

The Phoenix has seen plenty of change and growth with three promotions in the last five seasons but Ants claims that next season will be more about consolidating with the squad they have than major recruitment from elsewhere.  “It is a really exciting time for us and we have retained the vast majority of the squad from last season without really bringing in new faces from outside.

“We will benefit from some of the talented young lads who are joining the Academy who will compete for Phoenix also.

“It will be a very young team again and it will be another learning curve but we’re a year more experienced and Sam Bottomley has already done a lot of off season work in terms of our fitness and conditioning.

“There are a lot of guys already putting in the work in before pre-season has begun, building strong foundations that are sure to benefit us once September rolls around.”

Doncaster Phoenix begin pre-season training on July 3rd at Hills Lane playing fields, between Leger Way and Armthorpe Road, continuing every Monday & Thursday from 6.45pm as well as Saturday mornings at 10.30am.

All players, over 17 years old, are very welcome to come along join regardless of ability with three sides regularly playing throughout the season.

Don’t forget Doncaster Phoenix 2017/18 Season Tickets are on sale now for just £55, for more information or to request a season ticket form please contact Amy Plevey on 07787568504.

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