Knights announce Tetley’s as principle shirt sponsor.

We are delighted to announce that iconic rugby brand Tetley’s will be the Knights principle shirt sponsor for the 2017/18 campaign. 
 
Tetley’s, who form part of international drinks brand Carlsberg, replace Twenty-Four IT after two seasons as the main shirt sponsor with their iconic red lettering and branding taking centre stage on the 2017/18 home and away kits. Additionally, Tetley’s will have a strong presence at Castle Park and across the Club’s digital and social media platforms.   
 
The Tetley’s brand has been synonymous with rugby for many years, having a wide sponsorship portfolio not only in rugby union but also rugby league where they have previously been title sponsors of both Super League and The Challenge Cup. 
 
Commenting on the new partnership, Knights General Manager Neil Holmes said. “To have a global company and brand such as Tetley’s on the shirt is fantastic, they previously took pride of place in the 2013/14 season and I’m glad to have them back on board.” 
 
Carlsberg UK’s Yorkshire Sales Director [Free Trade] Simon Buxton added. “We’ve had a relationship with Doncaster Knights for around the last 18 years and we’re absolutely delighted to be continuing this for another five years.
 
“Tetley’s as a brand are synonymous with rugby and we’re very happy to be keeping that visible on the Doncaster kit.”
 
The announcement comes at the end of the Knights first block of pre-season and Knights trio Michael Hills, Dec Cusack and Joe Sproston visited The Tetley Brewery Headquarters in Leeds to launch the new partnership.
 

 
The 2017/18 kit designs will be released in the very near future and you can pre-order yours as part of our kit launch bundle at reception by calling 01302 831388 or emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk.
 

 

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DKTV | Francis Cummins pre-season update.

The first block of pre-season has now come to an end and the Knights can look forward to a few hard-earned days off.

Following five gruelling weeks of conditioning & skills the Knights will recieve a couple of days rest next week before preparations for August’s pre-season schedule really begin to take focus. 

Speaking to DKTV, Skills & Backs Coach Francis Cummins reflects on what he believes has been a successful start to the 2017/18 preparations and states that the lads are now itching for a game and to get stuck into the pre-season tests next month.

Meet the players evening featuring Jason Robinson.

Book your place on our Meet the Players extravaganza; featuring England Rugby World Cup Winner Jason Robinson who will officially launch our 2017/18 playing kit on August 17th. 

Ahead of the Knights first ‘home’ pre-season fixture, versus Loughborough Students at Thornensians RUFC on August 19th we are inviting you to join us for the 2017/18 Meet the Players evening. 

There have been plenty of off-season developments at Castle Park! We have welcomed new faces, laid a brand new pitch and now prepare to launch a brand new style playing kit.

Fans will be seated with a couple of the Knights squad whilst enjoying a fine two-course meal before former British Lion Jason Robinson officially unveils the Knights brand new playing jerseys in association with kit suppliers XBlades Sports.

There will be opportunity to purchase the new jerseys and grab a snap with the former dual-code star before it’s first Doncaster outing just three days later.

Tickets for the event, which will take place in the Arms Park Suite, will cost just £20 or you can take advantage of our Meet the Players special offer and get your shirt (home or away) and event ticket for £55 (adults) & £50 (children) – a saving of £10 versus buying separately.

All options are available now by calling 01302 831388 (Mon – Fri 9am-5pm) or emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk.

 

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DKTV | Listy added the Academy Coaching staff.

Ahead of the 2017/18 campaign the Doncaster Knights Academy, in association with University Centre Doncaster, have added first team prop Richard List to the coaching team.

Listy will join fellow Knight Tyson Lewis and Head Coach Ants Posa as the Academy look to build on an impressive debut season in the British University and College Sports League.

With pre-season now entering it’s fifth week Listy discusses his rehabilitation from post-season surgery, the squad’s progress so far and his new role with the Knights’ brightest young prospects. 

DKTV | Meet the New Guys | Owen Evans.

Owen Evans is the last of the 2017 signings to get the Meet the New Guys treatment.

Having almost completed the first block of pre-season Owen is now very well-bedded in & the former Harlequins man says he’s itching to get stuck into next month’s pre-season fixtures.

Following what has been an extremely tough end to the first block of training, the prop forward says he has thoroughly enjoyed his start to life at Castle Park and is now raring to put on the jersey for the first time. 

 

Fly ‘Knights Air’ to Cornish Pirates.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Knights Air’ trip to Jersey the Club is seeking an expression of interest for places on a charter flight to Newquay for the Knights clash with Cornish Pirates on March 4th 2018.

The 2017/18 fixture list sees the Knights head to Penzance for Round 17 of the Greene King IPA Championship to face Cornish Pirates and the Club are exploring the possibility of chartering an aircraft to fly the vast majority of the 738 mile round trip. 

A Boeing 737 airliner would fly to Cornwall Airport Newquay returning to Doncaster Robin Hood Airport on game day, carrying the Knights playing squad with room for 100 supporters.

The charter flight would offer complimentary tea and coffee and bar – for all other than Knights players on the outbound leg!The ‘away day’ package would include flights, return ground transfers to and from The Mennaye Field as well as a match day ticket and some form on pre-match meal TBC.

The cost of the trip is estimated to be £300 and in order to make the trip viable a good proportion of the 100 supporter seats would need to taken up. The full cost for the playing squad and their support staff is borne by the Club and the spectator fare does not contribute or supplement the Club’s costs. 

Before progressing further the Club are asking for an initial expression of interest from supporters. If there is sufficient interest further information regarding timings and payments will follow.

To register your interest please contact reception by August 1st either by calling 01302 831388 or emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk at your earliest convenience.

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2017/18 British & Irish Cup fixtures confirmed

The 2017/18 British & Irish Cup fixtures are announced today following confirmation of the Greene King IPA Championship season last month.

British & Irish Cup champions Munster A will begin the defence of their title away at Ospreys Select on 13-15 October and are joined by Nottingham and Bedford Blues in Pool 1.

Last season’s finalists Jersey Reds, who lost 29-28 to the Irish side, are named in Pool 3, along with Dragons Select, London Scottish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Hartpury RFC, who have been promoted from National League One to the Greene King IPA Championship, will face Cornish Pirates, Scarlets Select and Ulster A in Pool 5.

Following their relegation from the Premiership, Bristol Rugby return to the British & Irish Cup and have been drawn against Cardiff Blues Select, Doncaster Knights and Leinster A.

In Pool 4 Connacht A take on Rotherham Titans, Richmond and Ealing Trailfinders. Fixtures for the pool stages run from 13-15 October 2017 to 20 January 2018.

 

Pool 1:

Bedford Blues

Munster A

Nottingham

Ospreys Select

 

Pool 2:

Bristol Rugby

Cardiff Blues Select

Doncaster Knights

Leinster A

 

Pool 3:

Dragons Select

London Scottish

Yorkshire Carnegie

Jersey Reds

 

Pool 4:

Connacht A

Rotherham Titans

Richmond

Ealing Trailfinders

 

Pool 5:

Cornish Pirates

Hartpury RFC

Scarlets Select

Ulster A

 

British & Irish Cup 2017/18 fixtures

 

Round 1 – 13-15 October 2017

Nottingham v Bedford Blues

Ospreys Select v Munster A

Doncaster Knights v Leinster A

Cardiff Blues Select v Bristol Rugby

London Scottish v Dragons Select

Jersey Reds v Yorkshire Carnegie

Rotherham Titans v Connacht A

Ealing Trailfinders v Richmond

Hartpury RFC v Cornish Pirates

Ulster A v Scarlets Select

 

Round 2 – 20-22 October 2017

Bedford Blues v Ospreys Select

Munster A v Nottingham

Leinster A v Cardiff Blues Select

Bristol Rugby v Doncaster Knights

Dragons Select v Jersey Reds

Yorkshire Carnegie v London Scottish

Connacht A v Ealing Trailfinders

Richmond v Rotherham Titans

Cornish Pirates v Ulster A

Scarlets Select v Hartpury RFC

 

Round 3 – 8-10 December 2017

Munster A v Bedford Blues

Nottingham v Ospreys Select

Munster A v Bedford Blues

Nottingham v Ospreys Select

Bristol Rugby v Leinster A

Doncaster Knights v Cardiff Blues Select

Yorkshire Carnegie v Dragons Select

London Scottish v Jersey Reds

Richmond v Connacht A

Rotherham Titans v Ealing Trailfinders

Scarlets Select v Cornish Pirates

Hartpury RFC v Ulster A

 

Round 4 – 15-17 December 2017

Bedford Blues v Munster A

Ospreys Select v Nottingham

Leinster A v Bristol Rugby

Cardiff Blues Select v Doncaster Knights

Dragons Select v Yorkshire Carnegie

Jersey Reds v London Scottish

Connacht A v Richmond

Ealing Trailfinders v Rotherham Titans

Cornish Pirates v Scarlets Select

Ulster A v Hartpury RFC

 

Round 5 – 12-14 January 2018

Nottingham v Munster A

Ospreys Select v Bedford Blues

Doncaster Knights v Bristol Rugby

Cardiff Blues Select v Leinster A

London Scottish v Yorkshire Carnegie

Jersey Reds v Dragons Select

Rotherham Titans v Richmond

Ealing Trailfinders v Connacht A

Hartpury RFC v Scarlets Select

Ulster A v Cornish Pirates

 

Round 6 – 20 January 2018

Bedford Blues v Nottingham

Munster A v Ospreys Select

Leinster A v Doncaster Knights

Bristol Rugby v Cardiff Blues

Select Dragons Select v London Scottish

Yorkshire Carnegie v Jersey Reds

Connacht A v Rotherham Titans

Richmond v Ealing Trailfinders

Cornish Pirates v Hartpury RFC

Scarlets Select v Ulster A

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