TEAM NEWS | Knights unchanged from Scottish win.

Doncaster Knights travel to Bedford tomorrow looking for a win on the road, under the lights at Goldington Road tomorrow – kick off 19:45.

For the clash, Steve Boden keeps faith the same starting XV that recorded a bonus point 36-7 win over London Scottish at Castle Park last time.  There is also just one change on the bench where Ronan McCusker is included in place of Harry Davey for his first Championship fixture.

Hooker George Edgson and centre Fraser Strachan start against the side they previously represented on dual-registration with the Knights aiming for a first win in Bedford since January 2017.

Henry Paul joined from the Blues in the summer and will hope to build on his try-scoring cameo from the bench last weekend against his former employers.

The Supporters’ Coach departs Castle Park at 4.15pm, If you are travelling to the club by car, please leave it on the gravel car park. The cost of the coach will be £15 for adults and £8 for juniors. If you wish to book a place on the coach, please text John Lowe on 07977112706 as soon as possible.

On Saturday, Doncaster Phoenix 1st XV take on Bridgenorth in the Midlands Premier, kick off 15:00 & entry is £5.

The Knights are back at Castle Park next Saturday (October 9th) versus Jersey Reds Kick off & you can buy tickets online at https://www.drfc.co.uk/tickets/

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Fraser Strachan, 12 Connor Edwards,11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Alex Dolly, 1 Conrad Cade, 2 George Edgson, 3 Gaz Denman, 4 Danny Drake, 5 Josh Peters, 6 John Kelly, 7 Sam Graham ©, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Henry Paul, 19 Jack Davies, 20 Sam Hudson, 21 Joe Green, 22 Mark Best, 23 Ronan McCusker

 

Vacancy | Rugby Sales Manager

Doncaster Knights seek a Rugby Sales Manager to join the team at Castle Park.

The Club is looking to appoint an experienced sales professional to help drive the growth of our rugby sales and marketing strategy.

With live sport back in front of fans now is a great time to join the team behind Yorkshire’s only professional rugby union side – Doncaster Knights.

Sited within twenty acres of parkland, Castle Park, the home of Doncaster Knights, boasts some of the finest rugby union facilities in the North of England including seven rugby pitches, a stadium capacity of 5,000, extensive corporate facilities, gym, and conference & banqueting suites.

This role will give you the opportunity to manage the full life cycle of sport related sales including: lead generation, relationship management, networking with clients, negotiation, closing and full account management with existing and new clients.

This is a busy and varied position, that necessitates a flexible approach and willingness to work match days and unsociable hours on occasion, also attending events and other club gatherings as required.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Location – Castle Park, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 5QB

Post Title – Rugby Sales Manager

Salary – £28,000 + performance related bonus.

Reporting to – CEO

Main Contacts – Members of the business community – local and further afield, Club sponsors and Club supporters, community representatives, Castle Park Office staff and Club Officials

Hours of Work – A flexible approach to working hours will be required to include to home match days and other club events as required.

Staff benefits – company phone, company laptop, business mileage.

AIM AND PURPOSE OF THE JOB

To drive and grow all rugby related revenue and community foundation income. Maximising sales in areas including but not limited to; sponsorship, hospitality, pre-match sales, season tickets, match day tickets and retail.

The successful applicant will develop relationships and revenue streams with current commercial partners as well as securing new business.

You will be responsible for commercial activities that boost the Doncaster Knights brand and be the primary contact person for all commercial activity connected with the Club’s rugby sector.

MAIN DUTIES:

  • To generate income for the Club through the sale of sponsorship and advertising.
  • To maximise match day hospitality sales and utilisation, pro-actively reviewing current offerings.
  • To ensure that relationships with all commercial Partners of the Club are successfully maintained.
  • To undertake commercial activities as directed by the Chairman with a view to increasing revenue streams.
  • To work closely with the Castle Park Events Sales Manager to drive sales and traffic to the Club
  • To work and increase match day and season ticket sales, ensuring pricing structures are in line with the current market place.
  • To prepare monthly written reports, on commercial activities and projections
  • Be the primary brand ambassador of the Club within the business and the local networking community.
  • Other tasks based on requirements that are job-related and consistent with business needs.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Minimum Essential Requirements

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate most, if not all, of the following qualities:

  • The ability to work as alone and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent inter personal and communication skills.
  • The ability to complete financial projection reports.
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Computer Literacy
  • Appropriate and relevant experience and/or qualifications.
  • Previous commercial experience.
  • The ability to create, deliver and present sales proposals

Desirable

  • Previous experience in a professional sports sales/marketing role.

To apply: Please email with your CV and Covering Letter to Kerry Young at kyoung@castle-park.co.uk with the subject “Doncaster Knights Rugby Sales Manager” by 9am Monday October 11th.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience: Sales / Account Management: 2 years

Required education: Further education.

Required licence or certification: Driving License

 

Supporters’ 𝙆𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 | Tuesday October 5th. ⚔️

📆  Our first monthly Supporters’ Knight, takes place next Tuesday [Oct 5th].

📍 Join Head Coach Steve Boden from 6:30pm in the Lansdowne Suite, to review the Knights early season fixtures and look ahead to Jersey Reds on October 9th.

The bar will be open & food available – exclusively for 2021/22 Season Ticket holders only.

No need to book, if you have any questions please email Michael on mcasey@castle-park.co.uk

𝙎𝙚𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚! ⚔️⚔️⚔️

Knights turn on the style late on for bonus point win.

Doncaster Knights 36-7 London Scottish  

The Knights kicked off their home campaign with a resounding victory over London Scottish at Castle Park; running out 36-7 winners following a strong second half display.

After last weekend’s disappointing, Steve Boden’s charges were determined to get back on track in front of home support and eventually came good as they turned on the style in the closing stages of a hard fought encounter.

The Knights certainly did not have things their own way and after an evenly fought first half went into the break with a slender 10-7 lead. The second forty was much more productive for the home side who scored 26 unanswered points to record a comfortable (in the end) bonus point victory.

The early exchanges were bright and good pressure allowed Sam Olver to open the scoring as he converted a scrum penalty after just two minutes’ but the Knights were on the back foot soon after.

Attacking opportunities were blighted by handling errors and the visitors contested the breakdown gamely winning penalties and possession.

On fifteen minutes some disorganization in the Donny ranks saw Sam Hanks break and then send a testing grubber forward. The midfielder then collected his effort before racing away to score a try that Laurence May converted.

At 7-3 up Scottish remained good value for their lead and could well have increased it had it not been for some desperate Knights defending.

As the clock ticked towards half time the Knights began to find their rhythm but continued to be blighted by handling errors and indiscipline.

In what was almost the final play of the half, the Knights did execute and crossed for their first score. It came after good work at a deep line out drew in several Scottish defenders and Billy McBryde launched a huge wide pass to Kyle Evans.

The winger set about the The Exiles line but was scythed down by a cynical challenge from Leo Fielding as he was about to score. Referee Joseph James awarded a penalty try and Fielding was shown a yellow card.

The change of ends brought a clear shift up the gears from the Knights who struck again through George Edgson not ten minutes after the resumption; the hooker profiting at the back of a well-constructed rolling maul.

A fine charge by Guido Volpi brought about the Knights third score as the number eight barged his way through a couple of would be tacklers after collecting a tidy pass from Alex Dolly. Volpi showed a clean pair of heels to the cover defence for a try converted by Olver.

From here it was all Donny and there was inevitability about Henry Paul’s 72nd minute score which secured the bonus point and several waves of attack.

Credit goes to the visitors who defended admirably in the closing stages but on the stroke of 80-minutes Jack Spittle finished a fine bit of handling to add some gloss to the score line.

Plenty of positives to take from the second half display as they Knights build into Bedford away on Friday evening.

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde (Harry Davey 68’), 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Fraser Strachan, 12 Connor Edwards (Mark Best 54’),11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Alex Dolly (Joe Green 74’), 1 Conrad Cade (Liam Vaughan 56’), 2 George Edgson (George Roberts 64’), 3 Gaz Denman (Henry Paul 56’), 4 Danny Drake (Jack Davies 54’), 5 Josh Peters, 6 John Kelly (Sam Hudson 64’), 7 Sam Graham ©, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Henry Paul, 19 Jack Davies, 20 Sam Hudson, 21 Joe Green, 22 Mark Best, 23 Harry Davey.

Tries; Penalty 39’ Edgson 47’, Volpi 60’, Paul 72’, Spittle 80’

Conv; Olver 47’, 60’, 80’

Pens; Olver 3’

London Scottish | 15. Rory Hughes (Noah Ferdinand 50’), 14. Dave Halaifonua, 13. Hayden Hyde, 12. Sam Hanks, 11. Leo Fielding, 10. Laurence May (Harry Sheppard 52’), 9. Ed Hoadley (Rory Brand 56’), 1. Jake Ellwood (Curtis Reynolds 54’), 2. Nick Selway (Ben Atkins 70’), 3. Joe Rees (Alex Gibson 60’), 4. James Tyas, 5. George Hammond, 6. Matas Jureviciu, 7. Bring Tuilagi (Ehize Edevbalo-Ehizode 74’), 8. Thomas Baldwin.

Replacements | 16. Ben Atkins, 17. Curtis Reynolds, 18. Alex Gibson, 19. Ehize Edevbalo-Ehizode, 20. Will Trenholm, 21. Rory Brand, 22. Noah Ferdinand, 23. Harry Sheppard.

Tries; Hanks 16’

Conv; May 16’

Pens;

Referee Joseph James

Photo by Rod Wetton

FREE | Doncaster Knights digital programme.

Tomorrow we kick off the new season at Castle Park as London Scottish make the trip to Donny for the first time since February 2020.

Kick off tomorrow is 14:30 & tickets are still available online via this link or from the Castle Park box office tomorrow.
Ahead of the game don’t forget to check out our FREE 12-page digital match day programme packed with info & features for the clash
Check out Doncaster Knights FREE 12-page digital programme including:
  • Head Coach Boden’s programme notes
  • A 2021/22 squad update
  • Opposition preview
  • Plus much more!

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𝙏𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 | Knights vs London Scottish

We understand some Season Ticket holders have had issues receiving their ETicket for tomorrow’s fixture.
The ticketing team at Castle Park will have all 2021/22 season ticket information at the box office tomorrow & will resolve and anomalies.
If you are a 2021/22 season ticket holder and don’t believe you have received your ticket please head to the box office upon arrival.
Season cards will be available to collect ahead of our fixture with Jersey Reds on October 9th.
We apologies for any inconvenience.
Match tickets are on sale via https://www.drfc.co.uk/tickets/

Knights named for Castle Park opener.

Steve Boden makes a handful of changes to the side that lost to Coventry last time out as the Knights get ready to welcome London Scottish to Castle Park.

Tomorrow’s fixture will be the first time the two sides have met since February 2020, when Sam Olver’s last minute kick secured a 15-13 win for the Knights at Castle Park.

For the clash the Knights mix up their forwards with four changes to the pack that started at Butt’s Park.

Gaz Denman is fit again and comes straight into the number three jersey with Andrew Foster missing the tie with a back injury.

George Edgson gets his first start since returning to the Club in the summer and take Will Holling’s place at hooker with Josh Peters getting the nod over Jack Davies at lock. Guido Volpi is back in the mix after starting on the bench last weekend with Sam Hudson making way.

There is less change out wide where Alex Dolly is sole change, he comes in for Gus Warr at scrum half with the back division otherwise unchanged.

Mark Best is back in a match squad for the first time since picking up a suspension in last season’s home victory over Cornish Pirates and scrum Joe Green will get chance to make his competitive debut from the bench also.

All Season ticket holders should receive an E Ticket from Future Ticketing which is valid for this Saturday’s game. Please bring this E Ticket with you on Saturday either printed out or on your smart phone. This will be sent today, if you have received previous correspondence from Future Ticketing please disregard it.

If you do not have a valid email address the ticketing team will print of your E Ticket which can be collected from the Castle Park ticket window on match day.

Kick off tomorrow is 14:30 & you can buy tickets online at https://www.drfc.co.uk/tickets/

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Fraser Strachan, 12 Connor Edwards,11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Alex Dolly, 1 Conrad Cade, 2 George Edgson, 3 Gaz Denman, 4 Danny Drake, 5 Josh Peters, 6 John Kelly, 7 Sam Graham ©, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Henry Paul, 19 Jack Davies, 20 Sam Hudson, 21 Joe Green, 22 Mark Best, 23 Harry Davey.

Ticketing update.

For the 2021/22 season we have made a few changes to the match day process to modernize our operation and make for a smoother experience. 

This year Season Tickets will come in credit card type form with a bar code which will be scanned by stewards on entry.

Match day tickets will also be in email form and received at the point of purchase these can either be printed off & scanned, or scanned via a smartphone or tablet.

2021/22 Season Membership cards are now being produced and are on their way to Castle Park.

However, due to delays, will not be here for this Saturday’s game against London Scottish, all Season Members should receive an E Ticket from Future Ticketing which is valid for this Saturday’s game. Please bring this E Ticket with you on Saturday either printed out or on your smart phone. This will be sent within the next 24 hours, if you do not receive an email, please check you spam folder or get in touch with us.

If you have received previous correspondence from Future Ticketing please disregard it.

We hope to have Season Tickets ready to collect buy next week but, at the latest, by the week commencing October 4ththese will be collectable from Castle Park reception or postage can be arranged at a cost of £2.

If you do not have a valid email address the ticketing team will print of your E Ticket which can be collected from the Castle Park ticket window on match day.

Match day tickets for Saturday’s game are now on sale via https://www.drfc.co.uk/tickets/

We apologise for the inconvenience this delay has caused our members & look forward to welcoming you to Castle Park on Saturday.

Bodes asks for improvement following Cov loss.

After a long off-season Saturday’s defeat to Coventry was not how the Knights squad had hoped to kick off their new campaign.

Despite an impressive opening 20 minutes, Steve Boden’s charges fell to a 39-22 loss as the hosts ran in four second half tries.

In what was his new side’s first competitive game, Bodes states there has been a bit of soul-searching and honesty on reflection in training this week. “We let the players speak about it when we came in yesterday morning, the performance was just not good enough for us. We were miles off it.

“In general contacts I think the better team won by a country mile and the disappointing thing is, although we didn’t perform anywhere near to our ability, there was opportunities in the game for us to close it out.

“We’ve lost a lot of experience this season and some guys have stepped up into a new leadership role and they’ve they’ve done a good job this week in presenting what is expected and what’s not expected.

“The players did most of the talking yesterday, which saved us having to bark at them.

“There’s been an honest review and they’re not happy with where our performance was; the most pleasing thing is that they realise it wasn’t acceptable without it needing to come from us coaches.”

With fans back watching the league this season Bodes has stated that growing the connection between the first team and the supporter base is a high priority which made Saturday’s loss all the more frustrating.

With London Scottish arriving at Castle Park this weekend the former Knights hooker is expecting a big reaction from his charges and performance that players and fans alike can be proud of. “The loss at the weekend is not the thing that hurt us, losing happens, it’s the way we lost the game.

“We want to be renowned for being a side that cares and that takes pride in the shirt.

“One of the biggest things that we were disappointed with is that we didn’t put our best foot forward. It didn’t it look like we cared as much as we should from the outside & we need to address that this weekend.”

Ticket and season ticket info for this Saturday’s game against London Scottish will be confirmed very soon, please continue to check your email and drfc.co.uk.

Knights taste opening day defeat at Butts Park.  

Knights 39-22 Coventry  

Despite an electric start the Knights fell to a disappointing defeat on their Championship return with hosts Coventry Rugby running out five tries to three winners.

Despite the full time score it was the Knights who started the game brighter. With impressive intensity they quickly raced into a double figure lead; Steve Boden’s men looked quickest to every exchange and sharper in thought also.

Sam Olver opened the scoring with a penalty, following a dominant scrum, before Kyle Evans got his first try of the new season.

It was not a typical Evans score with the winger barreling over at the back of a fifteen man rolling maul but it was the end result of some superb, patient line out work. Olver slotted the extras from wide out, 0-10.

The hosts woke up shortly after and began to challenge the Donny line, back-row Josh Bainbridge and former Knight Will Owen looked lively when given space and asked questions with a productive off loading game.

As the match went on it did become a little flat with both sides showing some off-season rust. The scrum became a battle ground and often ended in penalties with neither side obviously on top.

On 30 minutes Coventry were awarded a kickable penalty but turned down the opportunity for points, instead going to the corner. The Knights forwards were able to repel the initial drive but when scrum half Josh Barton hit Nile Dacres on a nice short line the second row barged over to score. Tony Fenner adds the extras, 7-10.

The closing stages of the opening forty belonged to the hosts with the Knights unable to recapture their early rhythm and, if truth be told, hanging on for half time.

Fenner levelled scores with a long range penalty as the clock ticked to forty and sides went into the change of ends all square.

The hosts began the second half how they ended the first & quickly set about the Knights line after the restart, only resolute defending preventing a Coventry score.

Against the run of play the Knights showed their ruthless edge to move back into the lead.

After forcing a scrum penalty, Olver put his forwards in the corner and they executed with aplomb. A tidy lineout was quickly driven forward with hooker Will Holling dotted down for a score converted by Olver.

The Knights were given no time to appreciate their lead, however, and it was quickly stripped away from them with back to back Cov scores.

Firstly, Adam Peters got over from close range following a deep line out and then Josh Bainbridge finished some lovely hands after Ryan Burrows had returned the restart with interest. Replacement fly-half Tom Curtis hit the second conversion to make the scores 22-17.

Trailing for the first time the Knights needed to find something in the final quarter but it wasn’t to be and the hosts just seemed to get stronger as the game went on.

Curtis struck with just over ten to play, darting through a gap he created with a smart dummy and then five minutes later Burrows capped off a fine performance with a score from close range.

The Knights did manage to improve on their total when John Kelly scored from a tap penalty. The number eight showing his raw strength after a surging Jack Spittle break drew a foul out of the Cov defence.

It was the hosts who had the last laugh though as Curtis struck a long range penalty to end the game, final score 39-22.

A rude awakening for the Knights side who will hope for an improved showing next Saturday when London Scottish arrive at Castle Park.

Coventry XV | 15 Tom Stanton; 14 Tom Howe, 13 Rob Knox, 12 Will Owen (Tom Griffiths 77’), 11 Andy Forsyth; 10 Tony Fenner (Tom Curtis’) , 9 Josh Barton (Joe Snow 67’); 1 Toby Trinder (Dan Richardson 51’), 2 Suva Ma’asi (Joe Richardson 67’), 3 Phil Boulton (Joe Jones 51’), 4 Adam Peters (Rhys Thomas 67’), 5 Nile Dacres (Jonathan Kpoku 56’), 6 Senitiki Nayalo, 7 Josh Bainbridge, 8 Ryan Burrows (capt)

Replacements | 16 Joe Richardson, 17 Dan Richardson, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Jonathan Kpoku, 20 Rhys Thomas, 21 Joe Snow, 22 Tom Curtis, 23 Tom Griffiths

Tries; Dacres 30’, Peters 50’, Bainbridge 57’, Curtis 71’, Burrows 79’

Conv; Fenner 30’, Curtis 57’, 71’, 79’

Pens; Fenner 40’, Curtis 80’

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Fraser Strachan, 12 Connor Edwards (Harry Davey 74’), 11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Gus Warr (Alex Dolly 74’), 1 Conrad Cade (Will Vaughan 64’), 2 Will Holling (George Roberts 54’), 3 Andy Foster (Henry Paul 28’), 4 Danny Drake (Josh Peters 73’), 5 Jack Davies, 6 Sam Graham (Guido Volpi 47’), 7 Sam Hudson (George Edgson 75’), 8 John Kelly.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Henry Paul, 19 Josh Peters, 20 George Edgson, 21 Alex Dolly, 22 Harry Davey, 23 Guido Volpi.

Tries; Evans 10’, Holling 51’, Kelly 80’

Conv; Olver 10’, 51’

Pens; Olver 6’ 

Referee: Sara Cox

Attendance: 1,823

TEAM NEWS | Knights named for Champ opener

Knights named for Championship opener with Coventry Rugby tomorrow at Butt Park.

Steve Boden makes just one change to the back line that started in the Knights 33-29 defeat away to Newcastle Falcons with Gus Warr getting the nod over Alex Dolly at scrum half.

Upfront there is a familiar feel to the side with Andrew Foster, Will Holling and Andrew Foster starting in the front row. Behind them Jack Davies is shows his versatility to start at lock and partner Danny Drake on his competitive debut.

Newly named Club Captain Sam Graham will wear the number six jersey with John Kelly switching from six to eight.  Summer signing Sam Hudson is also named as a starter at open side flanker.

From the bench, five players will hope to make their competitive debut in Donny colours in Will Vaughan, Henry Paul, Josh Peters, Alex Dolly & Harry Davey.

George Roberts and George Edgson, both made try-scoring contributions from the bench last time out and will hope to have a similar impact tomorrow.

Kick off tomorrow is 15:00 & you can buy tickets online at www.coventryrugby.co.uk/tickets

 

The supporters coach for will depart from Castle Park at 11.15am. Please park on the gravel car park if you are leaving your car at the club. The cost will be £15 for adults and £8 for juniors – please bring correct change.

 

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Fraser Strachan, 12 Connor Edwards,11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Gus Warr, 1 Conrad Cade, 2 Will Holling, 3 Andy Foster, 4 Danny Drake, 5 Jack Davies, 6 Sam Graham, 7 Sam Hudson, 8 John Kelly.

 

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Henry Paul, 19 Josh Peters, 20 George Edgson, 21 Alex Dolly, 22 Harry Davey, 23 Guido Volpi.