Championship Clubs podcast | Episode 6.

Episode six of the Championship Clubs Podcast is available now!

The Podcast, which aims to provide a positive voice for the league, is available to listen to via Apple Podcast and Spotify and can also be watched on Youtube – just search Championship Clubs Podcast.

Episode six features Ampthill RUFC charismatic Director of Rugby Mark Lavery!

Mark speaks about the Mob win over the Pirates last weekend, the impact of the Tongans and his long-term aspirations for Ampthill, in addition to discussing with Gully and Michael his club’s Championship experience to date and the importance of improving diversity and inclusivity in the sport!

Championship Clubs Podcast is on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Just search @ChampClubsPod to listen, watch and join in the conversation.

We would also like to thank Trojan Engineering & Fabrication (part of the MF Hire Group) for sponsoring the podcast. We are still looking for up to two other corporate partners to assist us in covering our production costs!

Doncaster Knights vs Bedford blues | Digital match day programme

Ahead of Sunday’s game with Bedford Blues get the latest news from the Club with our 12-page FREE digital match day programme. 

Read Steve Boden’s pre-match notes & exclusive double page interview announcing the first two re-signings of the season.

Check out the opposition update and the latest club news with just a few clicks via the link below.

Knights vs Bedford | Match programme

Remember as of 15:00 today Doncaster Knights are supporting the #DrawTheLine campaign and have boycott all our social media channels from Friday 30 April at 15:00 to Monday 3 May 23:59, seeking to highlight the growing problem of online abuse and the need to enforce accountability for such behaviour.

You can still follow Sunday’s game via the live stream, order yours below, and a full report of the game will be available on drfc.co.uk as close to full time as possible.

Knights named for Blues battle.

The Doncaster Knights side for Sunday’s round eight clash with Bedford Blues has been named.

The Knights will look to keep themselves in play-off contention against a Bedford side fresh from a weekend off and having beaten Richmond 38-10 last time out.

For the clash the Knights coaches make just two changes to the starting XV that defeated 40-12 at the RAG last time out. Jerry Sexton accompanies skipper Matt Challinor in second row with Matt Smith missing the clash through injury.

Charlie Foley returns to the XV in place of James Newey is named among the replacements.

There could be opportunity for back-row Jack Rouse to make his competitive debut as the Ealing Trailfinders loanee is included on the bench.

Kick off on Sunday is at 13:00 & you can purchase the live stream below

Head to #DKTV to watch a full preview for Sunday’s game with Head Coach Steve Boden, back-row Guido Volpi & centre Connor Edwards looking ahead to the action.

Remember Doncaster Knights with join the sporting social media blackout over the May bank holiday weekend,showing our collective desire to end online abuse. The blackout comes into effect at 3:00pm on Friday and lasts until 11:59pm on Monday evening.

For those unable to watch Sunday’s live stream a match report will be posted on drfc.co.uk as close to full time as possible.

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Charlie Foley, 12 Connor Edwards, 11) Howard Packman, 10 Sam Olver, 9 James Mitchell, 1 Conrad Cade, 2 Will Holling, 3) Gaz Denman, 4 Matt Challinor, (C), 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 Conor Joyce, 7 Sam Graham, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Josh Pieterse, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Will Britton, 20 Jack Rouse, 21 Gus Warr, 22 James Newey, 23 Jack Davies

Knights vs Nottingham kick off confirmed.

Doncaster Knights round 11 fixtures with Nottingham Rugby at Castle Park has been confirmed for May 29th, kick off 16:30. 

The 2021 Greene King IPA Championship regular season finale with Nottingham Rugby has now been confirmed by the RFU.

Doncaster Knights welcome the Green & Whites to Castle Park on Saturday, May 29th, ahead of a 16:30 kick off.

This will be Nottingham’s first visit to Castle Park since early January last year when Sam Olver’s last minute conversion of a Howard Packman try secured a 16-15 victory for the Knights.

We are hoping to be able to welcome a restricted number of fans back to Castle Park for the fixture under the Coronavirus guidelines which will be in operation between May 17th and June 21st but will publish further details once confirmed.

LIVE STREAMING.

Doncaster Knights joins social media blackout over May bank holiday

Doncaster Knights are joining the other Greene King IPA Championship clubs, Premiership clubs, Premier 15s clubs and the RFU in the sporting social media blackout over the May bank holiday weekend.

The blackout, which includes a wide variety of other sporting bodies and clubs, is to show our collective desire to end online abuse, and to call on social media companies to be better corporate citizens by clamping down on this abuse on their own platforms.

The blackout comes into effect at 3:00pm on Friday and lasts until 11:59pm on Monday evening.

Doncaster Knights match with Bedford Blues on Sunday afternoon will continue to be live streamed and there will be a digital match programme and report on the club’s website. But there will be no content posted on the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and we encourage all our supporters to do the same.

The Red Roses take on France in Lille on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm BST), live on BBC iPlayer with coverage on englandrugby.com

Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter said: “No professional sportsperson should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.

“We’ve all seen how social media can help bring fans and players closer together but this does not mean abuse should be ignored.

“While we have an important Test match in France on Friday, we understand there are bigger and more important issues and hopefully this is an important statement that online hate will not be tolerated.”

 

Knights back to winning ways.

Doncaster Knights showed no ill-effects from last Sunday’s encounter with Saracens as they ran in seven tries to defeat Richmond 40-12 at the Athletic Ground.

On a sunny afternoon in the Knights ensure all five points came back to Yorkshire with them with a commanding display against the Londoners.

On a sunny day in the Capital, the game had a rather slow start with both sides feeling each other out in the early exchanges. Handling errors and robust defence prevented early opportunities but once Donny found their rhythm they were far too strong for the hosts.

Howard Packman opened the scoring on the twenty-minute mark with Billy McBryde putting the winger away with a fine offload after the forwards pulled in the defence with a well-formed driving maul.

Packman doubled his tally ten minutes later with a very similar effort, the forwards set about the home 22m with a driving line out and with penalty advantage the ball went wide. This time it was Olver to throw the final pass to Packman before converting the effort to make it 0-12.

Richmond struggled to contain the Knights attack and found themselves falling foul of referee Mike Hudson’s whistle. Ollie Evans & Jake Parker were both shown yellow cards before the change of ends and on the stroke of half time Guido Volpi wrestled over for a third Knights try. Olver’s conversion brought the half to a close with the Knights leading and looking very comfortable.

The bonus point came shortly after the resumption & it was courtesy of another line out drive, no need to go wide this time though with the pack powering over and Will Holling scoring. Olver impressively negotiated the wind to curl the conversion through the uprights.

At 0-26 and almost a full half of rugby to play the game could have quite easily turned ugly but credit goes to the hosts who refused to throw in the towel and challenged till the final whistle.

Richmond quickly received two further yellow cards shortly after the Holling try as Jack Alcock & Dan Kelly both fouled cynically and close to their own line. Despite this the dam refused to burst and Richmond got off the mark on 65-minutes courtesy of a nice finish from winger Max Trimble.

A fifth yellow card came Richmond’s way moments later when Jimmy Litchfield was dismissed for repeated scrum offences. Unsurprisingly, the Knights were enjoying more of the attacking play and Jack Davies scored his second in two weeks from the bench as he carried through a ruck and fought his way home.

Richmond scrum half Callum Watson looked lively for most of the game and showed off his pace when he collected a loose bouncing ball in his own half before racing away to score. The Knights hit back with the final play of the game the Knights for their sixth, try Jerry Sexton collecting an offload from Connor Joyce to stride home with Billy McBryde converting.

A very business like display from the Knights who can now build into next Saturday’s tie with Bedford back on winning form.

Team news | Six changes made for Richmond.

Following a bruising encounter with Saracens on Sunday the Knights coaching staff make six changes to the starting XV ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the Richmond Athletic Ground. 

The Knights look to get back to winning ways against Richmond Rugby with several players being handed opportunities to put their hand up for a regular position in the XV.

Upfront Will Holling starts his first Championship game of the season having made a number of impressive contributions from the bench this term. Gaz Denman returns at tight head in place of Andy Foster with Conrad Cade continuing at loose head following a fine display last weekend.

Matt Challinor skippers the side at lock alongside Matt Smith who comes in for Jerry Sexton and it is as you were in the back-row with Conor Joyce, Sam Graham and Guido Volpi.

In the half backs James Mitchell is back amongst the starters with Gus Warr dropping to the bench and Sam Olver continues at fly half. Howard Packman gets his first start of the Championship season on the left wing and James Newey starts for the first time since Ampthill away in round one.

Kyle Evans & Billy McBryde continue on the right wing and full back respectively with Connor Edwards also retaining his spot at inside centre.

The forward replacements are the same as last weekend with the coaching staff sticking with a six, two split and James Kane features again, hoping to get a second competitive outing after making his derby versus Jersey Reds in round five.

Kick off tomorrow is at 15:00, do not forget to order your live stream which you can purchase now via https://www.championshiprugby.co.uk/live-stream

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 James Newey, 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Howard Packman, 10 Sam Olver, 9 James Mitchell, 1 Conrad Cade, 2 Will Holling, 3 Gaz Denman, 4 Matt Challinor (C), 5 Matt Smith, Conor Joyce, 7 Sam Graham, 8 Guido Volpi

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Josh Pieterse, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Will Britton, 20 Jerry Sexton, 21 Gus Warr, 22 James Kane, 23 Jack Davies

Round seven previews | Bodes, Jerry & Olver.

There’s no one at Castle Park underestimating this weekend’s challenge at the Richmond Athletic Ground as the Knights look to get back to winning ways following last Sunday’s defeat to Saracens. 

There will be no British & Irish Lions or Six Nations stars lining up for the opposition tomorrow but there will be a squad of twenty-three that produced an impressive win over Jersey Reds in Round Three & have beaten the Knights on several occasions in recent seasons.

Speaking following Sunday’s 15-50 loss to Saracens Steve Boden, Sam Olver & Jerry Sexton review the Sarries performance and look ahead to tomorrow’s clash in the capital.

 

Battling Knights can’t keep pace with Sarries star quality.  

Knights 15-50 Saracens.

Doncaster Knights suffered a first defeat of the 2021 Championship season but far from disgraced themselves against an all-star Saracens side packed with international talent.

Indeed, few Premiership sides would have fancied their chances against the the squad which saw Owen Farrell return for his first game since being made Club Captain; along with all his England teammates.

The game began at a frantic pace and the opening exchanges were highly physical with both sides trading shots. It was Donny who looked the brighter and their early endeavour was rewarded on the 10-minute mark as Sam Olver hit a penalty from 35 metres – 3-0.

This seemed to spark Saracens in to life, and virtually straight from the kick-off they responded with the opening try of the match.

Billy Vunipola quickly tapped a free-kick and drew in a number of defenders, before Owen Farrell’s flat pass to Elliott Obatoyinbo created an overlap on the right hand side which allowed Alex Lewington to dive over in the corner. Farrell’s conversion dropped wide 3-5.

Sarries quickly doubled their score through Sean Maitland who finished powerfully after Farrell had found space with an inch-perfect grubber kick that popped up neatly for the Scotland international.

Donny continued to battle and matched their opposites at the set piece but, after Elliott Obatoyinbo was held up in goal by Guido Volpi, Maro Itoje leaped through a goal line ruck to score his third Championship try.

The visitors got the bonus point just before the break and courtesy of some fine rugby.

Nick Tompkins made a smart break down field, good cover defence brought him down just short, but then the promptly passed through several hands for Michael Rhodes to dot down & Farrell’s touchline conversion meant the half time score was 3-22.

The visitors pulled away early in the second half as scrum half Aled Davies dotted down twice before replacement hooker Tom Woolstencroft crashed over at the back of a well-formed driving line out. Manu Vunipola’s conversion made it 3-43 with fifteen minutes to go and things looked like they could get a bit ugly.

Donny were resilient until the last and were rewarded with two nice tries in the final 10 minutes.

A patient series of attacks drew a sequence of penalties out of the guests which moved us deep in to the 22m. From there Jack Davies drover over from close range post line out, McBryde converted.

Jack Spittle cut the deficit further as he linked up superbly with Charlie Foley and James Newey to counter attack and score the Knights second from range.

With time almost up there was almost as third as Kyle Evans, who enjoyed a fine afternoon, broke down field.

The wing fended off several challenges before being hauled down and at a messy breakdown the ball was hacked downfield. Replacement scrum half Tom Whiteley set off after it and beat George Roberts in a foot race to score & end the game.

Plenty for the Knights side to be very positive about with the score line flattering the former European Champs. The Knights must now dust themselves down and prepare to face Richmond next weekend.

Championship Clubs Podcast | Episode 4

Episode four of the Championship Clubs Podcast is now live!

The Podcast, which aims to provide a positive voice for the league, is available to listen to via Apple Podcast and Spotify and can also be watched on Youtube – just search Championship Clubs Podcast.

Episode four sees hosts Michael Casey & Ben Gulliver welcome Leicester Tigers Captain Tom Youngs to the Show. Tom’s career needs little introduction, having been a member of the 2013 British Lions squad with 28 England Caps and a Premiership winners medal to boot.

Youngs has amassed over 200 appearances for the Tigers but before he became a star at Welford Road he was honing his craft in the Championship. The 34-year-old talks about how he first tasted regular first team rugby as a centre with Bedford Blues before switching to hooker and learning the dark arts of the front-row on loan at Nottingham.

The shows second guest is Jersey Red’s George Edgson. At 25-year-old George has experience beyond his years as speaks with insight and clarity on his time in the Championship which has seen him feature for Rotherham Titans, Bedford Blues, Ealing Trailfinders and Jersey Reds.

As a Hartpury College graduate that went on to be part of the Wasps Academy, George has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars of the English game and speaks candidly about his experiences and expectations of the division.

Episode Four is available on Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Youtube via https://linktr.ee/Champclubspod

Championship Clubs Podcast is on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Just search @ChampClubsPod to listen, watch and join in the conversation.

Knights vs Saracens | FREE Digital Match programme.

Ahead of Sunday’s game get the latest news from the Club with our 12-page FREE digital match day programme. 

Read Steve Boden’s pre-match notes & exclusive double page interview with winger Kyle Evans in this week’s edition of the Knights online programme.

Check out the opposition update and the latest club news with just a few clicks via the link below.

Doncaster Knights vs Saracens | Match day programme