Reception Opening Times to purchase your 2019/20 Season Tickets

2019/20 Season Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased via telephone on 01302 831388.

However, the reception opening times have now changed to order your Knights’ Season Tickets.

We will be open every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 

If you are unable to call between 9am-5pm on those dates, then please email reception@castle-park.co.uk and we will get back to you.

We’re also offering a FREE DNA Card for every adult season ticket purchased, giving you access to exclusive discounts across the high street and on many national brands, including Tesco, Pizza Hut, Your M&S, PC World a huge 25% off all LNER rail fares.

For the 2019/20 campaign, our U16’s Season Tickets are completely FREE when purchased alongside an adult ticket.

And don’t forget, buy your season ticket before 31st May to guarantee your current seat. 

Also did you know you can split the cost into three equal payments over the summer months of May, June and July! 

2019/20 Season Ticket price structure. 

DMLS | Adult: £250 & Concession: £225

East Terrace & Rejus South Stand | Full Price: £185 Concession: £130

 

End of Season awards

The End of season awards were held on Saturday evening after the last game the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

The award winners are below:

Ian Williams Players’ Player of the season, sponsored by Chapman Physiotherapy: Robin Hislop

Coaches Player of the season: Robin Hislop

Fans’ Player of the season, sponsored by Blacksmiths Clayworth: Tom James

Top Gun (defence award): Josh Tyrell

Clubman of the year: William Ryan

Try of the season, sponsored by AGM Safety: Cameron Cowell

Looking ahead to next season, the 2019/20 Season Tickets can be purchased by calling 01302 831388.

Glen Kenworthy named Director of Rugby Development

The club can today confirm that Glen Kenworthy has taken on the new role of Director of Rugby Development after signing a two-year-deal.

The former Doncaster player will now oversee the pathway from mini junior sections to Doncaster Academy and Doncaster Phoenix into the Knights’ first team.

The 44-year-old finished his playing career with the Knights in 2014 after making over 200 appearances before taking on the full-time forwards coaching role over the last 5 seasons.

Glen is looking forward to developing a seamless pathway for players into the Doncaster Knights’ first team, as shown by Academy stars Sam Jones, Sam Pocklington and Will Holling all signing professional contracts with the Knights in recent months.

“Steve and Tony offered me the new role based on my long-term vision for the club to be sustainable with young and local talent.

There is a lot of talent around Yorkshire and I want to identify and encourage them to come to the club as future players. I will be getting out in the community, schools and clubs as well as promoting the Academy and Doncaster Phoenix.

Over the last season the Academy has gone from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing this great work and developing more promising players.

The goal for Doncaster Phoenix is to consolidate their position in the current league and support all players and coaches towards further promotions in the future. 

This is the first time the club have created a role like this and I’m up for the challenge. I’m looking forward to working with Doncaster’s young talent, coaches and ex Knights in promoting the club for the future.”

Executive Chairman Tony De Mulder is excited about the new role at the club and progressing players through the different rugby sections and into the first team.

“We are delighted to appoint Glen in this exciting new position as he has a great interest and a proven ability in developing young players, we wish him well with his new job.”

 Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths added about Glen’s new position at the club.

“I am really delighted that Glen Kenworthy has accepted this vital role at our rugby club.

We had spoken about his progression as a coach on a number of occasions and this new role is a natural progression for him on his upward coaching pathway. For us as a club it is a key appointment as the right structures, protocols and right men are being put in place to really cement and enhance our ‘Rugby for All’ ethos at all levels. Glen will promote and implant the values required for all this to happen.

That said we need to grow and develop ‘home grown’ talent at Castle Park and the signing of Sam Jones, Will Holling and Sam Pocklington illustrates our intent in that direction.

 I wish Kendo all the best – we are lucky to have such a dedicated person and servant at our rugby club.”

 

Do not forget 2019/20 Season tickets are now on sale! You can split the cost into three equal payments as well, so call 01302 831388 to purchase yours today! 

VACANCY | Operations Manager

VACANCY | OPERATIONS MANAGER

Doncaster Knights Rugby Stadium have a new and exciting position available for an Operations Manager.

The role will have responsibility for:

  • Planning conferences and events
  • Food & Beverages match day operations
  • Match day and general Health & Safety

Essential Skills & Abilities:

  • Be able to communicate effectively within immediate and wider team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines whilst being able to prioritise workloads in a timely fashion
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent administration skills
  • Project management skills; the ability to take ownership of projects and see them through to completion
  • Good IT skills including the use of MS Office (Word, Excel), Web/Internet and Microsoft Outlook
  • Ability to apply attention to detail, to ensure that information is recorded, monitored and analysed appropriately.
  • Ability to organise and administer events
  • Ability to provide oral and written information clearly and concisely and able to understand and explain matters arising in own area of work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures at all times

Experience of working within a minimum five years working within a events function environment.

Desirable skills:

General knowledge of rugby

Essential Qualifications:

  • GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above in both Maths and English or qualified by relevant experience
  • A full driving licence, personal licence and access to a vehicle

Personal Requirements:

  • Flexible approach to working hours including a willingness to work evening and weekends
  • Ability to actively contribute to, lead and be part of a successful team
  • Pro-active and reliable
  • Enthusiastic, confident and helpful nature

Salary: To be discussed and dependant upon experience

If you’re interested in this position please forward your experience to date along with your C.V to Neil Holmes on nholmes@castle-park.co.uk

 

DKTV | Paul Jarvis proud of his time with the Knights

Paul Jarvis featured for the last time in a Doncaster shirt on Saturday and described his feelings as emotional at the final whistle.

“It was a tough one, it is emotional in its own way because I didn’t really want to be going out on a loss but these things happen and the boys have rallied behind me, Listy and Clarky this week and you couldn’t ask for a better bunch of boys, they just need to get the club back to where it deserves to be.”

I will be following next season and hopefully they can sort a few wrongs.”

Full back Paul Jarvis was drafted in by DoR Clive Griffiths for the 2013/14 season having graduated through the ranks at Hartpury College.

Following an impressive first season at Castle Park, Jarv really came into his own in the 2014/15 campaign, dotting down for ten scores in league and cup competition and going on to be named in the Championship Dream XV.

“I am massively proud, it is a great club and everyone knows that comes here, the facilities are great, the plans for the future are and we have had so many great people come through the club as well and it has been a pleasure to be a part of that experience and Doncaster are going to go on and be more successful and I am happy I managed to get in my six years.”

 

George Edgson signs for the Knights

Doncaster have signed George Edgson for next season as the Knights continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2019/20 Championship campaign.

The hooker made three appearances for Ealing Trailfinders and spent time on loan at Richmond and Chinnor this season.

George started his career at Wasps and progressed through their academy before joining Bedford Blues.

The 23-year-old had an impressive 2017/18 season at Goldington Road and featured for the Blues on 24 occasions scoring six tries and has also played for Rotherham and Blackheath during his development.

George is looking forward to improving his game at Castle Park after signing a one-year-deal.

“Signing for Doncaster was an easy decision for me, they play a brand of rugby which I know will suit me and help develop my game. They’re a club who has an ambition that matches my own and I can’t wait to get started in June.”

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths is delighted with the latest addition to the squad.

“George is a mobile and aggressive hooker who knows the Championship terrain inside out. He has a strong set piece, solid defence and is well suited to the game we want to play here at Castle Park.”

 

Do not forget 2019/20 Season tickets are now on sale! You can split the cost into three equal payments as well, so call 01302 831388 to purchase yours today!  

Knights end the season with a defeat

Doncaster were defeated 19-46 in their last game of the 2018/19 season to Cornish Pirates.

An impressive start to the game was soon squashed by five first half Pirates tries. The Knights showed some spirit after the interval but couldn’t find a way through a strong Cornish side that extended their lead further late on.

The Knights began the game in fine fashion and earned two early penalties to get the side up the field. Eventually that resulted in a line out in the Pirates 22, from there Tom James passed to Kurt Morath, who glanced up to see Curtis Wilson in aches of space on the right wing. The fly-half spread the ball wide and Wilson easily dotted down with Morath then converting to earn Doncaster a 7-0 lead after five minutes.

However, soon after that early pressure disappeared though when the away side scored their first try of the afternoon. A grubber kick bounced perfectly for Robin Wedlake to dot down from close range. Will Cargill missed the conversion though in some blustery conditions at Castle Park.

On 12 minutes, Mat Clark left the field injured to a standing ovation on his final appearance for the Knights as he moves to Nottingham next season.

Then only five minutes later, another injury crippled the Knights as Rory Pitman had to be replaced by Sam Jones.

Moments after, Pirates drove over from a catch and drive and put the away side in the ascendancy.

The fifth placed Championship team continued to keep their foot on the throttle and had the Knights firmly pushed back into their own half and eventually extended their lead to 7-31 with three more tries before half-time.

After the interval another injury dampened the Doncaster momentum as Tom James made a superb break from a dummy pass but was unable to carry on after a heavy tackle.

On 46 minutes, club legend Richard List was replaced with another deserved standing ovation for the prop, who has made over 200 appearances for the Knights.

Just two minutes later the Knights fans were on their feet again after a world class try from Cameron Cowell. The Pirates knocked the ball on in the Doncaster 22, allowing Wilson a clear sight down the right, the winger burst away in blistering fashion into the opposition 22, before offloading to Cowell who sprinted away himself to score his second in the last three games. Morath converted to make it a 14-31 score line.

Doncaster continued to attack and got their reward again, this time through Ben Hunter after a driving maul. However, Morath’s conversion hit the post and Doncaster’s momentum was soon pushed back.

Pirates continued to attack though and ran away with the game later on with two more tries to end the game 19-46 to the visitors.

 

Knights XV: 15. Cowell 14. Wilson(54’Hicks) 13. Roberts 12. Clark(12’Hayes) 11. Jarvis 10. Morath 9. James(45’Polataivao) 1. List(46’Hislop) 2. Hunter(59’Malcolm) 3. Quigley(59’Sproston) 4. Challinor 5. Civetta 6. Burrows 7. Hills 8. Pitman(19’Jones)

Replacements: 16. Malcolm 17. Hislop 18. Sproston 19. Hicks 20. Jones 21. Polataviao 22. Hayes

Tries: Wilson, Cowell, Hunter   Conversions: Morath 2 

Cornish Pirates XV: 15. AJ Cant 14. Robin Wedlake13. Rory Parata 12. Callum Patterson11. Alex O’Meara10. Will Cargill9. Alex Day1. Jack Owlett2. Dan Frost3. Jack Andrew4. Dan Lee5. Brett Beukeboom ©6. Matt Bolwell7. John Stevens8. Tom Duncan

Replacements: 16. Tom Concu 17. Marlen Walker 18. Nodar Cheishvili 19. Jake Clemson 20. Alex Schwarz 21. Maliq Holden 22. Dan Koster 

Tries: Wedlake, Andrew, Duncan, Frost 2, O’Meara, Holden

Conversions: Cargill 4 Penalties: Cargill 1

Tom Smith named new Head Coach for the Knights

The club are delighted to announce that Tom Smith will be the new Head Coach for the 2019/20 GK IPA Championship season.

The former Scotland Captain, 47, has previous coaching experience at Edinburgh and Lyon, where he was the Assistant coach. While he was the Director of Rugby at French side USB Bergerac, taking the club from Federale 3 to Federale 1 in consecutive seasons and managing them from amateur to professional over a five-year-period.

Most recently from 2017 to 2019, Tom was the Head Coach at French D2 side Perigueux and has now signed a three-year-deal at Castle Park.

The Scotsman had a vastly experienced playing career as he played 191 games for Northampton Saints. An ex Prop, Tom was also on the 1997 and 2001 British and Lions Tour and made 61 appearances for Scotland as well as captaining his national side on several occasions.

Tom retired from rugby in 2009 and took a forwards coach role at Edinburgh, where he helped the side reach the Heineken semi-final in 2012.

Doncaster Knights Executive Chairman Tony de Mulder was delighted with the appointment.

“We received so many high-quality applications it initially made making a short list extremely difficult.

When it came to the interviews Tom’s character and knowledge about rugby matters really stood out.

I am sure that he will become a worthy successor to Clive Griffiths.”

Paul Jarvis to leave at the end of the season

Paul Jarvis will play his last match in a Knights shirt tomorrow after making over 100 appearances for the club.

Full back Paul Jarvis was drafted in by DoR Clive Griffiths for the 2013/14 season having graduated through the ranks at Hartpury College.

Following an impressive first season at Castle Park, Jarv really came into his own in the 2014/15 campaign, dotting down for ten scores in league and cup competition and going on to be named in the Championship Dream XV.

Paul became a staple of the Knights side over the past three seasons highlighted by his induction into the Knights 100 Club in March 2017, which is impressive work in less than four seasons.

The 29-year-old has over 30 tries in a Knights shirt from his six years at Castle Park, including one in the play-off final second leg win over Bristol and was named in the Dream XV for the 2016/17 season for a second time in his career.  

We wish Jarv the best of good luck for the future!  

Mat Clark to depart for Nottingham

The club can today confirm that Mat Clark will leave the Knights for Nottingham next season.

Yorkshire born Mat Clark joined the Knights from county rivals Yorkshire Carnegie in June 2013 and quickly established himself as a starter in the Knights’ midfield. Clark’s try-scoring prowess was also swiftly identified as the centre touched down for 20 tries in the Knights promotion winning 2013/14 campaign. 

The 29-year old continued to be one of the Knights premier attacking threats upon the side’s return to the Championship and formed formidable centre pairings with the likes of Bevon Armitage and Will Hurrell.

Mat began the 2017/18 campaign recovering from an ankle injury suffered against Ealing Trailfinders in February 2017, but on his return started 14 times for the Knights.

The centre made his 100th appearance in a Doncaster shirt in the Championship cup match against his former club Carnegie this season after being at the club for six years. 

We wish Mat the best of good luck, until he faces the Knights of course!

Doncaster make eight changes for Pirates clash

The Knights have shuffled the pack ahead of the last game of the season with eight changes to the starting side that lost last time out at Castle Park to Coventry.

Try scorers Colin Quigley and Tom James return to the side, while Curtis Wilson, Mat Clark, Kurt Morath, Michael Hills, Matt Challinor and Richard List all make their way into the Doncaster side. The latter making his final appearance in a Knights shirt after announcing his retirement from professional rugby earlier this week.

On the replacements there is further changes as Lloyd Hayes, Sam Jones, Tom Hicks and Joe Sproston will be ready to make an impact off the bench at Castle Park.

Doncaster have won two of their last three home games and will be aiming to rectify the most recent defeat last weekend.

Meanwhile opponents Cornish Pirates put a halt to their four-game losing streak last Saturday as they beat Yorkshire Carnegie at the Mennaye Field.

The Pirates currently sit fifth in the GK IPA Championship with a victory securing them of that position and will arrive with a number of dangermen for the Knights be wary of.

Argentinean International Javier Rojas Alvarez has managed 121 points from just 15 games, while winger Kevin Moyle has scored 15 tries from 20 appearances.

The Knights continue to struggle with injuries as Sam Olver and Charlie Beech are the latest players to be side-lined and join Josh Tyrell (shoulder), Ollie Stedman (knee), William Ryan (knee) and Dave Nelson on the injury list.

Knights XV: 15. Cowell 14. Wilson 13. Roberts 12. Clark 11. Jarvis 10. Morath 9. James 1. List 2. Hunter 3. Quigley 4. Challinor 5. Civetta 6. Burrows 7. Hills 8. Pitman

Replacements: 16. Malcolm 17. Hislop 18. Sproston 19. Hicks 20. Jones 21. Polataviao 22. Hayes