Match day rewind | Knights vs Bedford 2010.

The year is 2010, Martin Johnson is the England Rugby manager & Jonny Wilkinson is still part of the England playing set up.
The French won the Six Nations with Ireland finishing as runners up, meanwhile England’s current Captain was turning heads as a teenager for Bedford in the Championship.
The Knights got an early taste of Owen Farrell’s potential as he came off the bench and this weekend’s rewind fixture on it’s head in the final 14 minutes.

Knights | 15 Steve McColl 14 Andy Wright 13 Chris Briers 12 PJ Gidlow 11 Matt Williams 10 Tristan Roberts 9 Chris Hallam 1 Dan Frazier 2 Steve Boden 3 Michael Cusack 4 Glen Kenworthy 5 James Craig 6 Andy Boyde 7 Neil Cochrane 8 Ed Jackson
Replacements | 16 Tom Doughty 17 Lewis Thiede 18 Stuart Corsar 19 Dom Parsons 20 Chris Walker 21 Ollie Goss 22 Dougie Flockhart
Bedford Blues | 15 Ed Thrower 14 Johannes Schmidt 13 James Pritchard 12 Tom Bedford11 Ollie Dodge 10 Miles Dorian 9 Darryl Veenendaal 1 Lawrence Ovens 2 Joe Clark 3 Dan Seal 4 Paul Taipei 5 Sean Tomes 6 Alex Wray 7 Chris Goodman 8 Jackson Wray
Replacements | 16 Dan Richmond 17 Phil Boulton 18 Gregor Gillanders 19 Will Fraser 20 Will Chudley 21 Owen Farrell 22 James Short

Community rugby postponed until 2021.

Yesterday the RFU announced that, with the exception of Premiership, Championship & Premier 15s rugby, no competitive rugby will be played before January 2021.
Although no actual rugby fixtures can take place until 2021, the rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.
Filmed last week, before the announcement, Head of Rugby Development Glen Kenworthy discussed how

Doncaster Phoenix have been adapting to the changes so far.

Nathan Smith appointed Knights Forward Coach.

Doncaster Knights are delighted to announce the appointment of Forwards Coach Nathan Smith for the 2020/21 Season.

Smith arrives from Loughborough Students where he has held the post of Forwards Coach for the past two years; leading on the BUCS Super Rugby coaching and the Forwards play for the Men’s National 2 Rugby Programme.

Nathan has played a key role in the development of many talented, young players with several going on to reach the professional ranks, recent examples including Thibaut Flament (Toulouse) and Cameron Boon (Saracens).

The Leeds native becomes part of the Knights new-look coaching staff, alongside Backs Coach Joe Ford, under Head Coach Steve Boden and the boss says he is very happy to have acquired Nathan’s services.“Nathan is somebody I’ve worked closely with before, he fits what we are looking for this season in that he’s a young and ambitious coach that we see loads of potential in.

“His work ethic and attention to detail are very good and I know he will be a great asset for the Knights.”

Before moving to the Midlands Nathan held an assistant coaching position at Yorkshire Carnegie, working alongside Boden, and was also Head Coach at Ilkley RFC. He is also a former National League player and RFU Level 4 accredited coach, with a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Leeds.

Steve Boden | Latest Knights news.

Head Coach Steve Boden was at Castle Park this week for a meeting with his new-look Knights coaching staff. 

Though a start date for the 2020/21 season is still to be confirmed the boss was positive that the team would be back in to start preparations in the not too distant future.

Bodes, alongside Backs Coach Joe Ford, rounded off the day by taking the Under 15s for a training session as they looked to knock the dust off their boots following an extended period away from the field.

Match day rewind | Knights vs Worcester 2010

This weekend’s match day rewind comes almost a decade to the day after the fixture took place…though for Knights fans that still might not be long enough! 

Re-watch & remember this thrilling tie from Sixways against a Worcester squad packed with familiar names.

Knights XV | 15 Steve McColl 14 Ollie Goss 13 Chris Briers 12 P J Gidlow 11 Matt Williams 10 Tristan Roberts 9 Chris Hallam 1 Dan Frazier 2 Steve Boden 3 Michael Cusack 4 Matt Challinor 5 Dom Parsons 6 Chris Walker 7 Neil Cochrane 8 Ed Jackson
Replacements | 16 Tom Doughty 17 Lewis Thiede 18 Andy Boyde 19 Zack Farivarz 20 Dougie Flockhart 21 Peter Jericevich
Worcester Warriors XV | 15 Willie Walker 14 Marcel Garvey 13 Alex Crockett 12 Dale Rasmussen 11 Miles Benjamin 10 Andy Goode 9 Johnny Arr 1 Adam Black 2 Chris Fortey 3 Tevita Taumoepeau 4 Greg Rawlinson 5 Graham Kitchener 6 Neil Best 7 Jacob Abbott 8 Kai Horstmann
Replacements | 16 Ed Shevrington 17 Bruce Douglas 18 Will Bowley 19 James Collins 20 Andrew Williams 21 Joe Carlisle.

Jack Davies | First impressions.

New boy Jack Davies popped down to Castle Park for a nosey around this week and answered a couple of quick questions about what he’s been up to since putting pen to paper for the Knights.

Standing at 6’5 & tipping the scales at 116KG, the Cardiff native cuts an imposing figure and is a man we are  exciting to see test himself in Donny colours next season.

Having signed from Bath Rugby, where he made a handful of first team appearances while studying at Bath Uni, the back-row discusses what he hopes to bring the party next term and his thoughts on being part of a new era at Castle Park.

 

Your name on our jersey.

Every person who donated towards this summer’s Crowdfunder appeal will have their name etched into this season’s home jersey.

Our fans are the fabric of our Club and as a thank you for your support during lockdown we are recognising every donator by etching your name into our 2020/21 home jersey.

Every person who donated should have had an email to confirm the details, so please check your inbox if you haven’t already.

If you have any questions please email Michael on mcasey@castle-park.co.uk.

 

Match day rewind | EDF Cup vs Plymouth 2009

Doncaster Knights vs Plymouth | January 2009 | EDF CUP

Team News. 
Knights | 15 Anthony Carter, 14 Wes Davies, 13 Bevon Armitage, 12 Steve McColl, 11 Andy Wright, 10 Jamie Lennard, 9 Jamie Albinson, 1 Tom Davies, 2 Simon Jenkins, 3 Ngalu Tau, 4 Dan Smith, 5 Bryn Griffiths, 6 Josh Afu
7 Simon Grainger, 8 Adam Kettle
Replacements | 16 Steve Boden, 17 Michael Cusack, 18 Glen Kenworthy, 19 Chris Planchant, 20 Chris Hallam, 21 Ali Warnock, 22 Hudson Tonga’uiha
Plymouth Albion | 15 Tom Jarvis, 14 Liam Gibson, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Ross Allen, 11 Justin Mensa Coker, 10 Ross Laidlaw, 9 Greg Nichols, 1 Callum Black, 2 James Owen, 3 Ryan Hopkins, 4 Michael Lewis, 5 Arthur Brenton
6 Wayne Sprangle, 7 Sean Michael Stephen, 8 Mike Denbee.
Replacements | 16 Graham Dawe, 17 Jannie Du Toit, 18 Rory Jones, 19 Danny Thomas, 20 Keni Fisilau, 21 Alex Davies, 22 Matt Newman

Quigs, signing out!

Knights legend Colin Quigley fondly reflects on his favourite moments at Castle Park as it is announced he is leaving the Club ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Having returned to the Club in 2014, following a brief stint four years earlier, Colin Quigley has become synonymous with the Knights scrum as the Club’s mainstay tight head for the last six years; despite competition from some impressive talents.

The List, Hunter Quigs combo saw the Knights reach back to back play off appearances with a set piece respected throughout the league.

Colin is stepping away from the full time game & spoke to DKTV about a few of his favourite moments from the past six seasons.

Squad update | Wayland & Hill released from contracts.

Doncaster Knights can confirm that props James Wayland & Tom Hill will no longer join the club for the 2020/21 season.

22-year-old Aussie loose-head Wayland has suffered a severe hamstring tear while playing for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield & will be sidelined for several months.

The former Jersey Red will now complete his rehab back home in Sydney.

Though disappointed, Head Coach Steve Boden believes that it is the best choice for all parties.  “We arranged a specialist consultation for James & it revealed that his injury will require him to miss a considerable chunk of the season.

“I spoke to James at length and we have decided that the best decision is for him to fully recover at home. He is a talented young player with plenty of years ahead of him and we’ll keep a close eye on his progress once back to full fitness.

Kiwi prop Tom Hill will not link up with the team either as he has elected to stay home amidst uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

“Though it is disappointing to lose Tom for the upcoming season we respect his decision and will stay in close contact with him in case the global picture changes.

“We are now looking at a couple of different loose head options to bring in and will hopefully have some updates soon.

“We continue to hold productive conversations with RFU and are hoping for some positive news about the new season in the not too distant future”

Michael Hills | Forever a Knight.

Following last week’s announcement on the players that would be leaving the Club ahead of the 2020/21 season we caught up with Captain Michael Hills for a reflection on his time at Castle Park. 

The former DRFC Mini Junior returned to Doncaster ahead of the Knights 2013/14 National One campaign, playing a crucial role in the side’s immediate return to the Championship.

Hillsy was made on field skipper, alongside Club Captain Matt Challinor, the following summer and over the next three seasons the Knights reached the British & Irish Cup final and consecutive play-off appearances.

Reflecting on his time at Castle Park Michael recounts those fantastic achievements, describing the 2015/16 squad as being “the closest i’ve ever felt a team of players have been” & deservingly beat Bristol Bears in the play-off final second leg.