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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience.
The Meet the New Guys series returns after a short break with 22-year-old lock forward Morgan Eames discussing his brief time at Castle Park so far.
Morgan states the tough start to training has been eased by very welcoming teammates and the Knights camaraderie.
Current DRFC members who wish to apply for tickets to any of England’s home Autumn internationals 2017.
Please complete the form below and return it by Monday 24th July 2017, together with your cheque for the appropriate value to the new point of contact Philip Wilbourn.
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.
Cardiff Blues Select
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
Prop Ian Williams speaks after a couple of weeks of life as a Knight.
The Oxford University Graduate says he’s settled in well and that he’s enjoying training so far and is relishing the challenges that the season may hold.
Number eight Jason Hill gets the Meet the New Guys treatment as he chats about his first impressions of life as Knight.
The former Bedford man says he’s been impressed with the organisation and structure of pre-season so far and is relishing the upcoming campaign.