Doncaster Knights Leavers 2023-24

Doncaster Knights can confirm that 21 players will leave the club now that the 2023-24 season has drawn to a close.

Club President Steve Lloyd, Thanked all players for their contribution at our End of Season Awards and made it very clear that they have friends for life here in Doncaster. 

In the forward pack, the departures will include, Evan Mintern, Andrew Foster, Cam Terry, Charlie Beckett, Karl Garside, Seb Nagle-Taylor, Harrison Courtney, Jack Digby, Tom Doughty, Ehize Ehizode, Fyn Brown, Corrie Barrett & Harry Wilson.

In the backline, the departures will include, George Simpson, Joe Margetts, Sam Olver, Billy McBryde, Joe Bedlow, Jack Metcalf, AJ Cant & Aloisi Vereimi.

Head coach, Joe Ford thanked all departing players for their contribution to the Knights shirt throughout their time at Castle Park.


Logovi’i Mulipola, the seasoned Samoan prop, has officially signed with the Doncaster Knights.

The 37-year-old brings a wealth of experience, having played for Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons, and earned 33 caps for Samoa. Mulipola’s addition is expected to bolster the Knights’ front row, leveraging his extensive Premiership experience to enhance their competitive edge.

This move follows his recent stint with Saracens, where he was signed as injury cover. Known for his versatility, Mulipola can play both loosehead and tighthead prop positions, making him a valuable asset to any team. His robust playing style and vast experience are anticipated to significantly strengthen the Knights as they prepare for the upcoming season​.

Doncaster Knights’ head coach Joe Ford has expressed his enthusiasm about the signing of Logovi’i Mulipola. Ford highlighted Mulipola’s extensive experience and leadership qualities, which he believes will significantly benefit the team. He emphasised that Mulipola’s arrival brings a wealth of knowledge from his time in top-tier rugby, which will be invaluable both on and off the pitch. Ford is confident that Mulipola’s presence will help to develop younger players and strengthen the squad’s overall performance​.

Logovi’i is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at or Tracey Owen at

Job Vacancy | Media & Communications Officer

Doncaster Knights are currently looking for a Media & Communications Officer to join the team for the upcoming 2024-25 season and beyond.

A large part of the role will involve enhancing the fan engagement of the organisation and the community strategy to ensure that all Doncaster residents can relate.

As the first point of contact on all company media matters, the successful individual will be required to develop strong relationships with local and national press. 

The successful candidate will be target driven and have an ability to create and deliver media and communication campaigns that show a demonstrable return on investment.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Media, PR and marketing strategies
  • Fan engagement projects
  • Brand development
  • Produce articles to update supporters on club news
  • Produce well-written match reports
  • Produce the digital matchday programme using digital software
  • Creation of match highlights
  • Work and engage with local and Rugby press
  • Manage the Doncaster Knights website
  • Manage all social media sites, including content planning and posting
  • Be able to create engaging media content 
  • Identify and promote ticket sales initiatives
  • Support the commercial team with sales opportunities and club partners to promote their activities

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following:

  • Proven track record in Media & Communications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Experience of a similar role in professional sport is desirable

You can view the full job description here – Media & Communications Officer JD – Doncaster Knights Rugby Club.

Please note this vacancy will remain open until the position is filled. 

If you wish to be considered for the position, please send your CV, cover letter and salary expectations to the Head of Commercial, Tom Foy,

NEW SIGNING | McGuire Signs for the Knights

Jasper McGuire has signed with the Doncaster Knights, bolstering our squad for the 2024-25.

McGuire, a loosehead prop, makes his move from Premiership Champions, Saracens. The loosehead has spent the 2023-24 season on loan at Ampthill developing his skills and gaining additional experience as a front rower in the Championship.

McGuire is a player that incoming forwards coach, Darren Fearn knows well having previously worked with him up at Newcastle University and through the English Universities programme. 

Doncaster Knights’ head coach Joe Ford has expressed his enthusiasm about the signing of Jasper McGuire. Ford highlighted McGuire’s “impressive physical presence and technical skills, noting that these attributes would significantly strengthen the team’s forward pack”. He also emphasised McGuire’s “potential for development and his eagerness to integrate into the squad, both of which align well with the club’s future ambitions.”

Ford, who has been with the Knights since 2020 and now transitioned to head coach in 2023, values not only McGuire’s on-field abilities but also his character and work ethic, which are essential for building a cohesive team environment. 

Jasper is available for sponsorship for the 2024-25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at or Tracey Owen at


NEW SIGNING | Kerr Signs from the Falcons

Northern Irish Centre/Winger, Zach Kerr signs for the Doncaster Knights from Premiership side, Newcastle Falcons for the 2024/25 Season.

Dynamic Kerr, captained the first team at Bangor Grammar School, starting his rugby career with a bang. He went onto play in the All-Ireland League for Bangor before a short stint out in New Zealand with Tauranga Sports.

Upon his return to English rugby, Kerr had a 2-month spell with Ex-Championship side, Yorkshire Carnegie (Leeds Tykes) before signing for the Falcons senior academy.

Since signing for the Falcons back in 2020, Kerr has gone from strength to strength, contributing to their Premiership Rugby Cup win over Leicester Tigers under a home crowd.

“He’s been at Newcastle a few seasons now, great versatility, he can play both centres, both wings and he’s really solid in the contact. He’s looking to get some good game time so he can progress further in his career, so it’s a great addition for the squad. He’s played in European competitions and obviously the Premiership, so he’s going to be bringing a lot of experience with him.” – Joe Ford, Head Coach

24 year old, Kerr comes into the Knights line up for the 2024/25 season standing at 1.80m and weighing 95kg.

Zach Kerr is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at

A final few words from the Boss…

“First and foremost, Saturday is game day. As a group, we can’t lose sight of that. There’s going to be a lot of emotion at the weekend with some lads playing their last game for the club and some lads retiring from Rugby all together, but the number 1 rule is that from minute 1 to 80, we’re there mentally, to put in a performance that is and always is required in a Doncaster Shirt.

That’s the minimum requirement, for the players leaving, for the supporters, and for everyone associated with the club., we’re going to go for it in this final game and afterwards, we can enjoy each other’s company one last time as a group as the lads will no doubt be off to celebrate the end of the season.

It’s business as usual, we will go for it with all we have for one last time, chase that positive result… it’s something that we owe to ourselves.

We know from right at the start of the season, what a top team Hartpury are and some of their recent results have really shown that and so we understand what we’re coming up against.

Thank you again for all your support, not only from me and the coaching staff, but from each and every lad who puts on a Knights shirt and gives it their all, week in and week out. We will see you back at Castle Park for the 2024/25 season”.

Joe Ford, Head Coach

TEAM SHEET | Doncaster Knights vs Hartpury RFC | Round 22 Championship Rugby

3 changes within the starting XV for Doncaster Knights as they go into Round 22, and the final game of the 2023/24 Championship Rugby campaign against Hartpury RFC at Hartpury Stadium.

2 changes coming from within the forwards pack as Andrew Foster comes in for Lewis Thiede.

Charlie Beckett comes in at #4 for Evan Mintern, as this will be Charlies’ last professional rugby outing, as retirement knocks on the door.

Sam Olver comes in at #10, replacing last matches’ starter, Russell Bennett and 4 players come onto the bench for the final outing of the 2023/24 season, Tom Doughty, Corrie Barrett, Evan Mintern and Jack Metcalf.

The last time that both teams met was right back at the start of the 2023/24 Championship season, where Hartpury made the trip up north but faced a 20-18 loss to the Knights, under a home crowd.

The Knights’ last trip to Hartpury Stadium resulted in an away win of 16-34, and they’re looking to do the same again to finish off the season in style.

It’s a battle to finish 5th within the league, as the Knights are just 3 points ahead of Hartpury.

It’s all to play for… LET’S GO KNIGHTS!

Starting XV

  1. Conor Davidson
  2. George Roberts
  3. Andrew Foster
  4. Charlie Beckett
  5. Ben Murphy
  6. Fyn Brown
  7. Archie Smeaton
  8. Harry Wilson
  9. Ollie Fox
  10. Sam Olver ©
  11. Maliq Holden
  12. Joe Bedlow
  13. Joe Margetts
  14. George Simpson
  15. Billy McBryde ©


  1. Tom Doughty
  2. Harrison Courtney
  3. Corrie Barrett
  4. Ehize Ehizode
  5. Evan Mintern
  6. Jack Digby
  7. Will Metcalfe
  8. Jack Metcalf


SIGNING | Wacokecoke flys in from the Falcons

Fijian Powerhouse, George Wacokecoke signs for the Doncaster Knights from Premiership side, Newcastle Falcons for the 2024/25 Season.

Suva born Centre, Wacokecoke started his career playing in the Northampton Saints Academy. He quickly became a household name for the Falcons as he aided them to Premiership promotion, from the Championship back in 2019.

Speaking with new forwards coach for the 2024/25 season, Darren Fearn shares insight into George’s career,

“George came through the Saints academy and Bath signed him from there. He moved to the Northeast to study, and this is where I met him, he was a stand-out player in BUCS Super rugby, and he played for England students in 2 campaigns.

He made his premiership debut at the end of his 3rd year of University, and this is when he signed with Newcastle.

He’s been with the Falcons since they were in the Championship as a regular starter, to where he won the championship with them. George then signed a 3 year deal with the Falcons to continue his Rugby career.”

Head Coach, Joe Ford had a few words to say on Wacokecoke’s arrival…

“George is an awesome signing, he’s a player that can produce moments. He’s a player that’s tough to coach at times as he’s a very special talent and we’re very excited to get him down here to Castle Park playing week in and week out for us, it’s going to be brilliant to watch.

We’ve done very well to get him here, there was a lot of interest from France but he wanted to come and be a part of what we are building here. He’s worked with Darren Fearn (New forwards coach for the 2024/25 season), and Darren couldn’t speak more highly of him.

We can’t wait to work with him and he’s also excited to show us what he capable of doing, he’s a top quality signing and such a quality player.“

28 year old, Wacokecoke comes into the Knights line up for the 2024/25 season standing in at 180cm and weighing in at 94kg.

George Wacokecoke is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at

SIGNING | Teague makes the move up North

Cornishman, Cory Teague is coming up to the north as he signs for the Doncaster Knights from Premiership side, Exeter Chiefs for the 2024/25 Season.

Bulldozer, Teague comes in at Lock for the Doncaster Knights. Having started his career for Wadebridge Camels, he quickly signed for Premiership outfit, Exeter Chiefs, making a great impression throughout the squad.

For the Chiefs, Teague initially represented the Under 16s side and later played in Premiership Rugby Cup and A League games. This season, he has made 7 appearances for the Chiefs, scoring a total of 5 points.

Back in the 2021/22 season, Teague became duel registered with Championship side Cornish Pirates, making his way back home to Cornwall. While playing with the Pirates, Teague has made 43 appearances for the club over 2 seasons.

Head Coach, Joe Ford on Teague’s arrival…

“He’s a great young talent, he’s played a lot of Championship rugby for his age, abrasive second row, very physical and always up for the fight, so he will be a great addition for the Knights squad for next year.”

Cory Teague comes in to the Knights squad at 1.98m tall, weighing in at 108kg.

Cory Teague is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at


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SIGNING | Owen signs on the dotted line

Johannesburg born Full-Back, Brendan Owen signs for the Doncaster Knights from Premiership outfit, Bath for the 2024/25 Season.

Attacking threat, Owen, started his career back home in South Africa, where he played for Pretoria’s Blue Bulls. The current Bath Full-Back has also played his Rugby in Australia with Western Force and San Dona of Italy before making his way to the 2022/23 Championship Rugby winners, Jersey Reds back in 2019. The demise of the Reds saw Owen become a free agent early in the 2023 season, where he was snapped up by Premiership giants, Bath with immediate effect.

“He was at Jersey previously and went on loan to Bath for a short spell. He’s a top quality Full-Back and can give us versatility in other positions as well. We’re really looking forward to getting him at the club in July and I think he will be a great addition to the Knights squad for next season.” – Joe Ford, Head Coach

Owen comes into the Knights line up for the 2024/25 season standing at 1.92m and weighing in at 98kg.

Brendan Owen is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at