#FEELGOODFRIDAY | McColl to make Knights return.

Full back Steve McColl will return to Castle Park next season having agreed a two-year deal with the Club.

Lynn Howells first brought McColl to South Yorkshire having worked together in the Edinbrugh Academy and he finished the 2010/11 season with 13 tries from 27 appearances. 

The Scotsman arrives from Yorkshire Carnegie where he has made 98 appearances and scored 212 points over two separate spells.

McColl signed with Carnegie from the Knights in 2011 and spent three seasons with the Headingley side where his form earned him a call up to the Scotland Six Nations training squad, despite playing outside of the top flight.  In 2012-13 he was the Carnegie Players’ Player of the Season and named in the RFU Championship dream team. 

Stevie continued to impress for Carnegie and his performances caught the attentions of Aviva Premiership side Gloucester where he made 16 appearances and won the European Challenge Cup before returning to Leeds. 

The 29-year-old has continued to be a key performer for Carnegie on his return and scored six tries in 24 appearances, helping the team reach the play of final in 2017.

Commenting on the signing Skills & Backs Coach Paul Cooke said. “We are delighted to add Steve to the squad for next season.

“He’s a player with top flight experience and has been consistently impressive whilst at Carnegie.

“I am looking forward to bringing Steve into our backline and adding to what is already a very talented group of players and making the level of competition even higher”

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TEAM NEWS | Knights named for season finale.

The final Knights squad of the season has been named as the side look to end 2017/18 on a high against Jersey Reds.

The coaching staff make a number of changes from last time out with several players set to make the final appearance for the Club.

Falcons young gun Cam Cowell starts at fullback for the third week in a row with Andy Bulumakau and Curtis Wilson named as starters out wide.

On the back of agreeing a new two-year deal, Lloyd Hayes gets the nod at inside centre alongside Ospreys bound Lesley Klim.

Simon Humberstone switches with Charlie Foley at stand off and Michael Heaney makes his final appearance as a Knight before joining Worcester Warriors next season.

Upfront Richard List and Ben Hunter retain their places from the trip to Bristol with Joe Sproston coming in for Colin Quigley who is named on the bench. Tom Hicks returns from a head injury suffered against Jersey Reds in the Cup last month to partner Matt Challinor in the second row.

Josh Tyrell is confirmed as a Knight for 2018/19 and starts at number eight alongside Jason Hill and Alex Shaw.

Kick off tomorrow is at the slightly later time of 15:00 and tickets are available from the Stadium.

Knights XV | 15) Cameron Cowell, 14) Andy Bulumakau, 13) Lesley Klim, 12) Lloyd Hayes, 11) Curtis Wilson, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Richard List , 2) Ben Hunter, 23) Joe Sproston, 4) Matt Challinor , 5) Tom Hicks, 6) Jason Hill, 7) Alex Shaw, 8) Josh Tyrell 

Replacements | 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Nick Civetta, 20) Adam Batt, 21) Tom James, 22) Charlie Foley

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#FeelGoodFriday | Titans Calladine pens with Knights.

Back row Tom Calladine becomes the Knights newest addition as he pens a two year deal from Rotherham Titans. 

The flanker who is also capable at number eight Captained the Titans this season and joins Michael Hills, Josh Tyrell & Sam Jones as confirmed back-row signings for 2018/19.

Calladine arrives at Castle Park after three seasons at Clifton Lane where he made 55 appearances and has been a standout performer. 

The 28-year-old has a wealth of Championship experience having played for four seasons with Nottingham before signing with the Titans. Calladine made over 80 appearances for the Green and Whites and played a significant role in the side’s second placed championship finish in 2012/13.

Tom is another product of the Hartpury College rugby factory where he won the British Universities title as a student and has also gained representative honours with England at Under 16 & Under 18 level.

Commenting the latest acquisition Forward Coach Glen Kenworthy said. “I’m delighted that we have brought Tom on board and I’m looking forward to working with him next season.

“He’s been a rock over at Rotherham during a really tough period and will bring some fantastic leadership qualities to the group. 

“He’s the type of player you really don’t want to play against and is a nuisance for opposition.

“We first came across Tom at Nottingham, he is seasoned campaigner at this level despite still being quite young and will add more competition to an already very competitive pack.”

Speaking on the move, Tom added. “I am very pleased to have committed myself to Doncaster for the next two seasons, they are a great club and have been a force to be reckoned with in the Championship for the last few years.

“Having spoken to Griff and a couple of ex-Rotherham players that have made the move to Doncaster I am excited about signing and feel I would fit into what is already a strong and experienced pack.”

 

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#FEELGOODFRIDAY | Tyrell signs for another season.

Josh Tyrell has agreed to extend his stay in South Yorkshire, signing a new one-year contract extension.

The Samoan international arrived at Castle Park in January and has made a big impression in Donny colours.

The 27-year-old made his debut in the Knights’ stunning away win at Leinster A and has started every game since, scoring three tries and scooping several man of the match awards in the process.

Josh made his international debut for Samoa against Scotland at Murrayfield last November, scoring a try in a thrilling 44-38 defeat. Two weeks later the got his second cap against England proving his versatility lining up in the Samoan second row.  

Before his move to England Tyrell enjoyed an impressive Mitre 10 cup campaign with North Harbour, aiding the side to reach the Premiership semi-finals where they lost out to eventual champions Canterbury.

Josh spoke to DKTV after agreeing his new deal. 

#FEELGOODFRIDAY | Bomber back at Castle Park.

Prop Robin Hislop becomes the second new arrival of the summer as he returns to Castle Park from Ayr RFC. 

The 25-year-old returns having first signed for the Club ahead of the 2016/17 season from Rotherham Titans and enjoyed an impressive start to life as a Knight, featuring in each of the first fifteen games of the season before suffering a serious shoulder injury just after the new year. 

The injury saw Hislop sidelined for the remainder of the campaign before returning home to continue his rehab. Back fit Bomber has made waves in the Scottish Premiership and DoR Clive Griffiths moved quickly to bring him back to South Yorkshire. 

Before moving to England Robin developed through the academy of Edinburgh Rugby going on to made a handful of first team appearances in the European Cup and Pro12 and collected age grade honours with Scotland at Under 17, 18 and 20 level eventually going on to Captain the U20s. He also appeared for ‘Scotland Clubs’ versus ‘Ireland Clubs’ in 2013. 

Now back in South Yorkshire Hislop will look to compete for the Knights number one jersey against stiff competition from Richard List and Toby Williams as well as coaching with National Division Two North side Sheffield Tigers. 

Speaking upon his return Bomber said. “I am delighted to have signed back at the Knights.

“I really enjoyed my time here last year. The boys are great craic and will be nice to be back with them on a daily basis.

“Castle park is one of the best set ups in the league and an awesome place to play rugby. So I’m looking forward to getting tore into next season and really adding to the squad and helping them push on.”

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#feelgoodfriday | Hayes agrees two-year extension.

Centre Lloyd Hayes becomes the latest Knight to extend his stay at Castle Park agreeing a new two-year contract extension.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive finish to the 2017/18 campaign having battled back from a lengthy injury lay off to start each of the last three Knights fixtures, scoring in the 50-19 demolition of Ealing Trailfinders.

Lloyd joined the Knights from South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham Titans in April 2016 and has been a constant presence in the Knights midfield ever since. To date Hayes has made 36 competitive appearances in a Knights jersey, touching down eight times.

Prior to becoming a Titan, Hayes made a name for himself at Chester aiding his hometown club to scoop the National Three North title with 395 points in the 2012/13 season.

Hayes joins Will Owen and Mat Clark in the Knights midfield as the 2018/19 squad continues to take shape.

 

Lloyd spoke to DKTV following his new deal.

 

One week remaining for Early Bird Season Ticket savings.

Fans have just one week left to take advantage of our Early Bird Season Ticket offer.

The early bird scheme offers savings of up to £25 and allows you to reserve your current seat in the stadium. 

Early Bird purchasers can also split the cost of a season ticket over three monthly payments with our Early Bird Installment system, simply make your first payment at reception by June 1st and split the cost equally accross summer.

To purchase your 2018/19 season ticket simply call 01302 831388 during office hours or email reception@castle-park.co.uk from 9am tomorrow. 

You can also add a Doncaster Phoenix Early Bird “bolt on” for £40 – allowing a further saving of £15 versus purchasing after the early bird deadline. 

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)
  • 10% discount in the Club Shop (not in conjunction with other offers).

2018/19 Season ticket terms & conditions

2018/19 Season Ticket price structure.

 

 

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DKTV | Tyson determined to finish with a win.

Winger Tyson Lewis says the Knights owe the fans a strong performance as they bring down the curtain on 2018/19 at Castle Park this Saturday against Jersey Reds.
 
Tyson discusses the sobering defeat at Ashton Gate a fortnight ago and hopes the side put it behind them with a strong final performance against the Islanders.
 
Saturday will be the third time the Knights and Jersey have met this season, with both sides having one of the previous two encounters. Lewis accept that the Knights will have to raise their standards to triumph at the weekend and is hoping for a performance akin to the Ealing win at the start of the month.
 
Saturday’s game is followed by our End of Season Awards ceremony. Join the players and staff as we celebrate the 2017/18 season here at Castle Park. Tickets still on sale for just £25 by calling 01302 831388 or emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk
 

Phoenix | Cup finals & rep honours.

It’s a busy final week of the season at Castle Park as, not only do the Knights gear up to take on Jersey, but Doncaster Phoenix get ready for TWO Cup finals. 

On Wednesday evening Phoenix 1st XV look to make Club history and lift the Yorkshire Cup for the very first time – ten years on from the Knights last lifting T’owd Tin Pot in 2008. 

Phoenix will need to produce a performance to the level of their semi-final triumph over Harrogate if they are to be crowned County Champions as they take on promotion seeking Hull RUFC who have lost just three times all season.

The final takes place at York RUFC, kick off is at 19:30 and all support is very much welcome. 

The success of the Castle Park side has not been restricted to the first XV either as the Phoenix 2nd XV are also in a Cup final this week having reached the final of the South Yorkhire Cup (Gerry Roberts Memorial Trophy). They face Sheffield RUFC’s 2nd XV at Castle Park on Thursday, KO at 18:45 entry is free and, once again, all support is very much welcome. 

There has been more good news for three of the Phoenix 1st XV also as Sam Pocklington, Will Holling & Seva Bulumakau (all Academy players) have been selected into the North of England Under 20s squad on the back of their performances for Yorkshire U20s this campaign. Well done lads! 

 

 

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VACANCY | FULL TIME PHYSIOTHERAPIST.

FULL TIME PHYSIOTHERAPIST.

Start date: 1st June 2018. 

Pre-season training begins on June 11th 2018.

Salary: Competitive dependent on experience.

For further information and application please contact Clive Griffiths – Director of Rugby 07894 935247 (mobile)

01302 813 388 (club) or email reception@castle-park.co.uk FAO of the DOR .

Close date: May 7th 2018

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated physiotherapist to join and to potentially manage the team dependant on experience.  

The right individual will have excellent clinical assessment and reasoning skills, be able to structure an appropriate rehabilitation program with outcome markers at staged intervals and facilitate time efficient return to play.  

They will ideally have rugby experience but any previous physiotherapy role within professional or semi-professional sport will be considered. This does not exclude those working privately or within the NHS. 

It is essential that the candidate has the time and flexibility to adapt on a weekly basis to changes in training structure and requirements of injured players.

The physiotherapist must be available to cover all games and training sessions and monitor additional rehabilitation as required.

The role will require excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with coaches, healthcare specialists, players and other teams within Doncaster Rugby Club, for example, our Academy, Doncaster Phoenix RFC (Midlands Premier) and the Club’s various age groups.  

They may be responsible for or contribute to all RFU medical administration and must be competent in clinical note-keeping within CSP guidelines.  The ICIS pitch side qualification is essential but training can be provided.  At times they may be required to accompany players to specialists and A&E departments outside of training schedule hours.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced physiotherapist looking for a full-time position in professional sport. The role requires a significant commitment but is an incredibly rewarding position working with motivated professional athletes and coaches.

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VOTE NOW | AGM safety Try of the Season.

With just 8 days to go until our final game of the season and the End of Season Awards Knight it is time to vote for your favourite try of the 2017/18 campaign. 

The Knights coaching staff have selected a shortlist of six tries to pick from & you can relive the efforts via the video below before casting your vote here

Remember tickets for Awards Knight, which follows our game versus Jersey Reds at Castle Park on April 28th, are now on sale and you can get yours for just £25 by calling 01302 831388. 

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