Fiji International becomes Knights’ latest signing

The Knights are delighted to announce Henry Seniloli as our latest signing ahead of the 2018/19 Championship season on a one-year deal.

The scrum-half joins from Romanian side Timisoara Saracens, who won the CEK Bank SuperLiga last season with nine victories out of 14 games. Seniloli featured in nine games for the club and played just over 400 minutes last campaign.

Born in Fiji, the 29 year-old has played 21 times for his country and was involved in the Fiji 2015 World Cup squad, featuring twice. Henry has also scored 10 tries for his country.

Clive Griffiths, DoR at the Knights, was pleased with the newest addition to the squad. “Henry was a stand out player for Fiji during the Pacific nations tournament in June and will bring flair and experience to our team. Like Tom James, his support play is quality and he will bring some typical South Sea rugby to Castle Park.

I am absolutely delighted to get him here. It has been a long and drawn out process with lots of red tape to get sorted. He also tells me it is hotter here than in Fiji! I’ve told him in reply, “to make the most of it!”

Henry is excited to start the Championship 2018/19 season in a Donny shirt. “It has always been a dream of mine to play in England so the opportunity to join such a historical club was one I did not hesitate to take.”

“I am absolutely delighted to have been presented with this amazing opportunity. I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ, my family for their unwavering support and Clive for showing faith in my abilities.”

“My ambition is to do all I can to help the team enjoy a successful campaign and to show the clubs supporters my best rugby.”

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DKTV | Paul Cooke – Pre-Season Reflection

 Skills and Backs coach Paul Cooke spoke to DKTV about how the first block of pre-season has gone so far and how the focus now turns to the Sale Sharks friendly.

The Knights are now not in training till Thursday next week, as they rest and prepare for the beginning of three pre-season matches next month.

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DKTV | Nick Civetta returns to the Knights

 

 

Nick Civetta spoke to DKTV about the reasons behind his permeament move to the Knights and his expereience over the summer with the USA national side.

The 6’8 Lock played some of last season on loan from Newcastle Falcons, but is now eager to pull on the Donny shirt in front of the Castle Park crowd.

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New High Tackle Law for Championship Cup

The RFU today announced that a new high tackle law will be introduced for the Championship Cup this season.

In collaboration with World Rugby, an amendment to Law 9.13 will alter the definition of a high tackle from above the line of the shoulders to above the armpit line.

The aims of trial will be to assess the impact of introducing a lower tackle height in elite adult rugby on the incidence of concussion and other injuries, player behaviour in the tackle, the nature of tackles, head injury events and other game events.

This player welfare initiative will include all 43 games in the pool stages and play-off rounds of the competition.

The trial results will be compared to existing data from the English professional game to help inform the RFU.

The new law for the 2018/19 Championship Cup will now read: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the armpit line even if the tackle starts below the armpit line.

Nigel Melville RFU Professional Rugby Director said: “The RFU is committed to an evidence-based approach to injury-prevention. We know from our latest professional rugby injury surveillance report that 47% of all match injuries are associated with the tackle and that concussion accounted for 19% of all injuries to the ball carrier and 43% of all injuries to the tackler, highlighting the tackle as the key game event when developing concussion reduction strategies.

“We believe lowering the height of the tackle will benefit both the ball carrier and the tackler. The Championship Cup provides an opportunity for us to assess the impact of lowering the height of the tackle on the elite adult game and will be a critical part of helping us develop game-wide approaches to concussion and injury reduction.”

The Knights start the inaugural season of the Championship Cup on the 10th November against Coventry.

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DKTV | Tom James ‘Sale Sharks game is a chance to express ourselves’

 

 

 Scrum-half Tom James spoke to DKTV about how the first block of pre-season has gone so far and the upcoming match against Sale Sharks.

The 24 year-old is entering his second season at Castle Park and scored 32 points off the bench last season.

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Knights cement partnership with Doncaster College

The Knights have agreed a new partnership with Doncaster College for the future of the academy. Following a successful enrolling stages, the club and college have cemented their relationship.

The College rugby side has been guided to a successful year on the pitch by Knights players Tyson Lewis, Richard List and Matt Challinor, who will all continue to coach the young prospects next season. 

A league title was followed up by taking home the Northern Plate cup competition to round off a fruitful year for the College team.

Another story of success to derive from the partnership is Sam Jones. The flanker signed a professional contract with the Knights last season, after a number of positive performances for the first team.

In addition, several college stars have been training with the Knight’s senior side during pre-season with some featuring in our three friendlies.

Doncaster College and University Centre offer students leaving secondary school the chance to balance rugby alongside their studies, as well as the opportunity to make it professional with the Knights.

Chief Executive Tony De Mulder is delighted with the strengthened partnership. “It is a great to have our Knights coaching the next generation of players, there are over 40 players in the academy and are hopefully going to win further silverware next season.”

“It is important to offer teenagers the chance to carry on their education along with a great opportunity to play rugby as well with a route to playing professional rugby.”

“If you’re keen rugby player and want to progress it is a great opportunity and already there has been success with Sam Jones and a number of training with the Knights first team.”

New Head Coach of the Academy squad, Tyson Lewis is excited to take on the role. “The academy has been going four years and I joined because I saw the vision and value of giving young students the chance to pursue their dream as well as gaining an education.”

“I’ve become head coach and I’ll work closely with Clive and the college and looking forward to the step in the unknown with the boys being promoted into a new league and we want to grow the academy, that’ll be done by the success of winning the league and the cup and keep moving forward.”

“It’s vital to keep in touch with the idea that the academy boys and girls are ready to deal with life on and off the pitch and make sure that if that call comes they can play first team rugby.”

Becky Fores of Doncaster College was delighted at the continued partnership and how it’ll develop the academy players.

“This partnership now brings Doncaster College and University Centre inline with the elite education and sporting partnerships who are already established within the UK.

“The new formal academy structure and expert coaching provided through this partnership allows opportunities for our young players to be propelled through the talented athlete pathway into professional sport.

We are excited to now be offering our students rugby opportunities, which we believe are now greater than those offered by colleges and universities who have traditionally excelled in sport.”

18 year-old Seth Adams featured for the Knights in all three pre-season fixtures, scoring one try and five conversions, and will start a joinery course at Doncaster College from September. 

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Carnegie Cup match has date and venue changed

The Knights face Coventry, Yorkshire Carnegie and Nottingham both home and away in the inagural season of the Championship cup.

Clive Griffiths’ side will now travel to face Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday 24th November at Hull Ionains ground, with a 12pm kick off in the cup competition. 

The Yorkshire rivalry will be the first of four encounter betweens the sides, with the cup match at Castle Park being played a week later.

 

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DKTV | Joe Sproston ‘The forwards have come back flying’

Joe Sproston spoke to DKTV about pre-season so far and how the new signings have impressed in training.

The Prop is now in his third year as a Knight and is looking to stay injury free ahead of another tough Championship season.

The 26 year-old featured in every game last season, but one, and is aiming to continue as an ever presence in the Knights starting line up come September 2nd.

Will Owen on track as he returns from injury

Will Owen is making good progress on his return from injury.

The Centre had a setback towards the end of last season with the return of a knee injury, first sustained in January.

Two operations later and a strict rehab regime during the off-season and Will is slowly making his way back to full fitness.

“I am taking it slowly as it’s the second time I’ve had this operation, so we’re not rushing back into anything as the first time didn’t really go to plan, so there’s no strict timescale yet, but I am aiming to be back sometime in September for selection.

The 24 year-old is in positive spirits, despite spending much of day in the gym as he keeps his fitness and strength at high levels.

“The injury progress is on track, it feels better than it did last time but I am taking things slow, so I don’t have to have another operation.”  

Looking back at last season, Will was pleased with his performances, but is now aiming to get back on the Castle Park pitch wearing the number 12 shirt again.

“I’d say nine tries in the 16 games I played was not bad for me, I think I scored more tries last season than ever before in a Championship campaign which was a positive.”

“I aim to get back fit and then wear the 12 shirt again, because the other centres are training well and working hard in pre-season, so I will have to earn it back and then play as much as I can as I’ve still got ambitions to kick on.”

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