DRFC Christmas Lunch | December 12th.

DRFC Christmas Lunch | 2020 edition.

Christmas will be a little different this year but we will still come together to celebrate….albeit digitally.

On December 12th the DRFC Christmas lunch will take place over Zoom.

Order your takeaway Christmas Dinner from Castle Park & then enjoy it at home with other Knights fans.

Head Coach Steve Boden will discuss the latest news from rugby department with the DRFC Board providing an off the field update also.

This will be followed by a DRFC themed quiz, with prizes available for the top three scores.

The questions (courtesy of John Lowe) will span the decades & Knights players Sam Olver, Howard Packman & Jack Spittle will be your quiz masters.

There will be no Castle Park takeaway service this weekend (December 5th & 6th)

Menu

Roast crown of Norfolk Turkey, sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, creamy mash potatoes, roast, seasonal vegetables & lashing off gravy

Luxury Christmas pudding served with cream brandy sauce

Main course £8.50

Dessert £3.50

Food collection from 11.30am-1.30pm.

The link to the Zoom call will be given after placing your order, alternatively you can book to join the zoom call without ordering lunch for just £5

You can book online today via the link below or by calling 01302 831388 or email mcasey@castle-park.co.uk.

Book Here.

 

Match day rewind | Watch a teenage Jonny May line up against the Knights

There’s a notable name in the Moseley midfield for tomorrow’s Match Day rewind from 2009.

Knights | 15 Stevie McColl 14 Andy Wright 13 Chris Briers 12 James Brooks 11 Dougie Flockhart 10 Alistair Warnock 9 Nicky Griffiths 1 Toma Toke 2 Steve Lawrie 3 Ngalu Tau 4 Bryn Griffiths 5 Glen Townson 6 Adam Kettle 7 Simon Grainger 8 Dan Smith
Replacements | 16 Michael Cusack 17 Steve Boden 18 Stuart Corsar 19 Andy Boyde 20 Matt D’Arcy 21 Hudson Tonga’uiha 22 Chris Hallam
Moseley | 15 Rob Thirlby14 Nathan Brassington 13 Jonny May 12 Andy Reay 11 Justin Mensah Coker 10 Tristan Roberts 1 Nathan Williams 2 Adam Caves 3 Terry Sigley 4 Ali Muldowney 5 Richard Stott 6 Neil Mason 7 Harry Rowland 8 Dan Williams
Replacements | 16 Richard Protherough 17 Dan Oselton 18 David Lyons 19 Gareth Taylor 20 Bryn Keys 21 Michael Gillick 22 Chevvy Pennycock
Ref: Paul Knowles
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Joe Ford | pre-season thoughts.

Planning and delivering a pre-season as a new group of coaches to a new group of players is a complex operation in ordinary circumstances, let alone in the midst of a pandemic, but that is the challenge presented to the Knights coaching team this season. 

New Backs Coach Joe Ford officially joined the Knights in early summer and has waited longer than expected to begin his new role but now it’s all systems go as the squad return to full training.

DKTV caught up with Joe to get his early reactions to the first few weeks in the job and ask what training has included so far.

 

Harder better faster stronger | Pre-season with Dougie Flockhart.

Head of Strength & Conditioning Dougie Flockhart is charged with getting the Knights squad game ready following an eight month period away from the game for most players. 

Such an extended off-season presents a range of challenges, made even trickier with no confirmed start date, but the Scotsman is happy with what he has seen so far.

Flockhart, says that he’s adapted his approach to pre-season having consulted with peers in the Premiership and that mitigating injury risk is a high priority as player reacclimatise to full time training.

 

Match day rewind | Knights vs Plymouth 2011

 With the Knights now back training at Castle Park hopefully news of some fixtures may be on the horizon. 
Until then, continue to enjoy these throwback fixtures from seasons past – this weekend at home to Plymouth Albion in January 2011.

Knights | 15 Steve McColl, 14 Dougie Flockhart,13 Chris Briers, 12 PJ Gidlow, 11 Matt Williams, 10 Tristan Roberts, 9 Nathan Jones, 1 Stuart Corsar, 2 Steve Lawrie, 3 Michael Cusack, 4 Glen Kenworthy, 5 Dom Parsons, 6 Zack Farivarz, 7 Neil Cochrane, 8 Ed Jackson.
Replacements |16 Steve Boden, 17 Matt Challinor, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 Latu Makaafi, 20 Andy Wright, 21 Ollie Goss, 22 Craig Hampson
Plymouth | 15 Kieran Hallett, 14 Ben Mercer, 13 Keri Fusilau, 12 Sione Tuipolutu, 11 Cameron Mitchell, 10 Alex Davies, 9 Tom Kessell, 1 George Porter, 2 Gareth Evans, 3 Ryan Hopkins, 4 Dan Collier, 5 Tom Skelding, 6 Sean Michael Stephen, 7 Rory Watts Jones, 8 Aaron Carpenter
Replacements16 Ruairi Cushion, 17 Steve Johns, 18 Fiona McLoughlin, 19 Robin Copeland, 20 Rupert Freestone, 21 Wayne Sprangle, 22 David Morton
Ref: Steve Lee
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Ben Hunter | pre-season #7

There’s been much change at Castle Park this year but Ben Hunter is one factor that remains the same. 

The hooker, who has over 150 appearances in a Knights jersey, is knuckling down for his seventh pre-season with the Club & says that energy the new squad has shown in these early stages is refreshing.

By his own admission, Hunter is now an elder statesman in the playing group but feels positive about what he has seen so far and the potential in the squad Steve Boden has put together.

Covid-19 means a days training looks different to previous seasons but Ben says the Knights are taking it in their stride and are all happy to be back training at Castle Park.

 

Bath lock Will Britton commits to the Knights.

Doncaster Knights have confirmed the signing of second-row Will Britton on a one-year deal from Bath Rugby. 

Knights fans will remember Will from a short spell at Castle Park in February while on dual-registration from Bath but he has now made the move permanent.

Schooled in Wiltshire, Britton progressed through the Bath Academy set up to make his first team debut in January 2018; aiding the Blue, Black & Whites to a 21-8 victory over Newcastle Falcons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The 24-year-old was dual-registered with Yorkshire Carnegie for 2018/19 season and featured regularly for the Tykes between returning to The Rec for Bath’s Premiership Rugby Cup games.

It was at Headingley that Head Coach Steve Boden first came across Will & he is glad to have secured his services as a Knight. “Will is somebody I’ve worked with before at Carnegie, he’s had a taste of a Premiership environment at Bath and wants to develop again to get back to that environment.

“He’s abrasive with his carries and tackles, he has a high work rate and will be a great fit for the team.”

Will studied for a Sport & Social Sciences degree at the University of Bath while part of the setup at Farleigh House and Captained the University 1stXV for successive BUCS Super Rugby campaigns resulting in an England Students call up in 2018.

With pre-season now up and running Britton says he more than ready to get back into the swing of things and be part of this exciting new Knights squad. “The prospect of playing for a club with a history of a strong pack and forward-based play was really attractive to me.

“Having worked with Steve previously at Yorkshire Carnegie, I know what he is about and I’m excited to work with him again this season.

“I hope to play consistent rugby and develop my game throughout the course of the season. As for the team, I hope we come together well over the preseason block and fulfill our potential throughout the 20/21 season.”

2020/2021 current squad. 

ANDREW FOSTER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], KYLE EVANS [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], MATT SMITH [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], REISS CULLEN [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], SAM OLVER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR].

CHARLIE FOLEY [RETAINED 1 YEAR], HOWARD PACKMAN [RETAINED 1 YEAR], WILL HOLLING [RETAINED 1 YEAR], MATT CHALLINOR [RETAINED 1 YEAR], SAM POCKLINGTON [RETAINED 1 YEAR], ROBIN HISLOP [RETAINED 2 YEARS], BEN HUNTER [RETAINED 1 YEAR].

JAMES KANE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] MARK BEST [NEW SIGNING 1 + 1 YEAR] JAMES MITCHELL [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] CONOR JOYCE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] SAM GRAHAM [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BILLY MCBRYDE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JAMES NEWEY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK DAVIES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JOE JONES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] GEORGE ROBERTS [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JACK SPITTLE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK ROUSE [ONE SEASON LOAN] JOHN KELLY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], GAZ DENMAN [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], HARRY STRONG [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] TOM BACON [ONE SEASON LOAN] WILL BRITTON [NEW SIGNING ONE YEAR]

The boys are back!

After many months of planning and patience the 2020/21 Knights squad have began pre-season training.

Steve Boden’s new-look squad have returned to Castle Park to begin preparation for the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

The squad, which includes 16 new arrivals, have begun training in Stage One of the Government’s elite sport return to training guidance.

While there is not yet a confirmed start date for the 2020/21 season it remains the desire and intention of Championship clubs to commence the league season in January 2021.

Having waited for almost six months to begin training his Knights squad, Head Coach Boden says it’s great to be back and getting to work with his new recruits.

 

Match day rewind | Donny vs The European Champs!

It has been one hell of a decade for Exeter who have gone from battling it out in the Championship to being crowned Kings of Europe. 
The Chiefs incredible ascension now forms the blueprint for all Championship teams to aspire but back in 2009, when tomorrow’s rewind fixture took place, they could only have dreamed about being domestic & European champions.
A quick look down the Exeter team sheet sees Chief legends Gareth Steenson and Phil Dollman, both of whom featured in their 2020 campaign, starting at standoff and outside centre respectively with coach Rob Baxter in charge.
Knights XV; 15 Roger Davies, 14 Andy Wright, 13 Hudson Tonga’uiha, 12 Bevon Ermitage, 11 Dougie Flockhart, 10 James Brooks, 9 Chris Hallam, 1 Stuart Corsair, 2 Steve Boden, 3 Tom Davies
4 Glen Kenworthy, 5 Glen Townson, 6 Adam Kettle, 7 Simon Grainger, 8 Dan Smith
Replacements; 16 Toma Toke, 17 Steve Laurie, 18 Bryn Griffiths, 19 Andy Boyde, 20 Matt D’Arcy, 21 Chris Briers, 22 Steve McColl
Exeter Chiefs XV; 15 Josh Matavasi, 14 Matt Jess, 13 Phil Dollman, 12 Matt Cromwell, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Hayden Thomas, 1 Brett Sturgess, 2 Neil Clark, 3 Hoani Tui, 4 Tom Hayes, 5 James Hanks, 6 Tom Johnson, 7 James Scayesbrook, 8 Richard Baxter
Replacements; 16 Simon Alcott, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Sean Tomes, 19 Chad Slade, 20 Clive Stuart-Smith, 21 Danny Gray, 22 Bryan Rennie
Ref Rob Debney
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Duncan Maule

Today the club were informed of the sad news that Duncan Maule passed away on Wednesday 11th November.
 
Duncan played for the club in the late 1960s and early 70s and has been a keen supporter of the Club since.
Our thoughts are with his wife Linda and family at this sad time.