SIGNING | Olowofela signs on the dotted line

Hull born centre/winger, Jordon Olowofela signs for Doncaster Knights from Championship rivals Nottingham, ready for the 2024/25 season.

Former Leicester Tigers centre, Olowofela has a wealth of experience having played within the Premiership outfit for 5 seasons, while with the Tigers, Jordon went to play out in the Super Rugby Pacific league with Western Force on loan, where he gained 10 appearances under his belt.

Signing for Championship side, Nottingham in 2022, Olowofela has since been a key figure within their starting 15.

Head coach, Joe Ford comments on Jordon’s arrival for the 2024/25 season…

“I spent a couple of years with him at Leicester, I know he’s a great character and will fit into the group perfectly. He’s really well liked by everyone and this is really important coming into a new group.

He’s a player who’s got genuine speed, in testing at Leicester he was faster than Jonny May, he’s excited and has loads of experience from playing in the Premiership, Super Rugby Pacific and he’s also been playing really well for Nottingham this year, so we’re very excited to see him at Castle Park for next season.”

Jordon Olowofela comes into the Knights squad aged 26, standing in at 1.88cm and weighing 92kg.

Jordon Olowofela is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk

SIGNING | Ex-Knight returns from Battle

Hailing from Mold, North Wales, Tighthead Prop Joe Jones signs for the Doncaster Knights from Scarlets Rugby, ready for the 2024/25 season.

Former Wales U20’s Captain, Jones makes his way back to Castle Park, having previously played for the club in a brief stint back in the 2020/21 season.

Jones comes back into the Knights set up after having successful seasons with both Sale Sharks and Scarlets Rugby but has extensive playing time with the likes of Cardiff Blues, Perpignan and fellow Championship Rugby rivals, Coventry.

Speaking with Head Coach, Joe Ford ahead of Jones’ arrival,

“This is massive for the Club to get Joey back to Castle Park.

On the field he will clearly make a massive impact but from working with him previously, and knowing his character, we know that he will be invaluable within our environment.”

At 28 years of age, Tighthead prop, Jones stands in at 183cm, weighing 123kg and has made 8 appearances this season for the Scarlets.

Joe Jones is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season – For more information, please contact Tom Foy at tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk

Club News | Mr Steve Newson Funeral Arrangements

If you would like to celebrate the life of Mr Steve Newson with friends and his family, Mr Newson’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 22nd May 11AM at Barnby Moor Crematorium.

Again, Steve played on the wing in the 1970s before he went to work in Australia, when he returned, he spent time as the club safety officer. He is a holder of a chain gang awards tie for is efforts. 

Our thoughts go out to his wife Jan and family at this sad time. 

TEAM SHEET | Doncaster Knights vs Ealing Trailfinders | Round 21 Championship Rugby

1 change within the starting XV for Doncaster Knights as they go into Round 21 of Championship Rugby Vs Ealing Trailfinders, at Castle Park.

The change comes within the backs as Joe Bedlow comes in for Connor Edwards at #12.

Ethan Caine comes in on the bench, on loan from Sale Sharks to cover injury within the forward pack.

The last time Ealing Trailfinders came to Castle Park, saw the Knights take a home ground loss with a score of 14-35.

It’s top of the table vs 5th this weekend for Doncaster Knights’ last home game of the season!

LET’S GO OUT WITH A BANG!

Starting XV

  1. Conor Davidson
  2. George Roberts
  3. Lewis Thiede
  4. Evan Mintern
  5. Ben Murphy
  6. Fyn Brown
  7. Archie Smeaton
  8. Harry Wilson
  9. Ollie Fox
  10. Russell Bennett
  11. Maliq Holden
  12. Joe Bedlow
  13. Joe Margetts
  14. George Simpson
  15. Billy McBryde ©

Replacements

  1. Ethan Caine
  2. Harrison Courtney
  3. Andrew Foster
  4. Charlie Beckett
  5. Jack Digby
  6. Ehize Ehizode
  7. Will Metcalfe
  8. Sam Olver

RFU Disciplinary | Alex Dolly

Issued on behalf of Championship Rugby

RFU Disciplinary: Alex Dolly, Doncaster Knights

The case of Alex Dolly, Doncaster Knights, was heard on papers by sole judicial officer, Jeremy Summers.

Dolly received a red card for a dangerous tackle, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13, during the second half of the game against Bedford Blues on 4 May.  

Dolly admitted the charge and was given a three week suspension which will be reduced to two weeks if the player completes World Rugby’s Coaching Intervention Programme (CIP). 

Dolly will miss the following games: 

11 May v Ealing Trailfinders

25 May v Hartpury University

TBC – subject to completion of CIP

The full judgement is available here.

For background detail on panel members please click here

For RFU Regulation 19 please click here.

For the sanctions table (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.

Match Highlights | Championship Rugby, Round 20 | Bedford Blues 32-29 Doncaster Knights

𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭

Doncaster, who for an hour were playing their best rugby of the Championship season so far, must be wondering how they lost a thrilling game at Goldington Road where they seemed certain to win.

With their forwards, inspired by flanker Fyn Brown, who’s been signed by Northampton Saints, in control, they led 24-10 at half time and then increased their authority to 29-10 after winger Maliq Holden burst through to score the Knights’ fourth try. That bonus point try stressed that Doncaster were outplaying their opponents who’d earlier conceded a penalty try, and outstanding scores by centre Connor Edwards and flanker Archie Smeaton. And with fly half Russell Bennett adding a penalty and two conversions, Doncaster’s healthy lead, with little more than 20 minutes remaining, appeared rock-solid.

However,Doncaster,inexplicably, weren’t strong enough to resist a remarkable Bedford recovery, producing tries on 58, 62 and 78 minutes, a sequence that transformed the contest. After the Blues’ fourth try had been converted, the score was level at 29-29, but the drama was far from finished. Doncaster, under constant pressure, were now playing with 14 men after replacement scrum half Alex Dolly had been given a red card. Bedford launched one final attack towards Doncaster’s posts in the 80th minute and it delivered a memorable climax.

Replacement fly half Louis Grimoldby,showing calmness and skill, dropped a goal and with it three points to earn a dramatic victory which had earlier never seemed possible. It was a sickening result for Doncaster who left with only two points.

They remain, though, 5th in the Championship on 53 points.

Their next challenge, this Saturday at Castle Park, couldn’t be any tougher-against Championship leaders Ealing Trailfinders.

Words by Guy Williams

Photography by John Ashton @ickledot

TEAM SHEET | Doncaster Knights vs Bedford Blues | Round 20 Championship Rugby

1 change within the starting XV for the Doncaster Knights as they face Bedford Blues in Round 20 of Championship Rugby this weekend.

The change comes within the backs as George Simpson comes in at #14 for Jack Metcalf.

Ethan Caine comes in on the bench, on loan from Sale Sharks to cover injury within the forward pack.

The last time both teams met at Goldington Road saw Bedford take the victory with a score of 48-25. This 23/24 season saw the Blues make the journey to Castle Park, where the Knights, through a hard fought battle, took a 26-20 win on home turf. It’s been 7 years since the Knights got the away win at Goldington Road, so the challenge has been set for this weekend.

It’s 4th Vs 5th with 4 points in it, the race for a strong table finish is underway.

 

Starting XV

  1. Conor Davidson
  2. George Roberts
  3. Lewis Thiede
  4. Evan Mintern
  5. Ben Murphy
  6. Fyn Brown
  7. Archie Smeaton
  8. Harry Wilson
  9. Ollie Fox
  10. Russell Bennett
  11. Maliq Holden
  12. Connor Edwards
  13. Joe Margetts
  14. George Simpson
  15. Billy McBryde ©

Replacements

  1. Ethan Caine
  2. Andrew Foster
  3. Corrie Barrett
  4. Ehize Ehizode
  5. Jack Digby
  6. Alex Dolly
  7. Sam Olver
  8. Joe Bedlow

You can purchase your match-day tickets for the Knights last game of the season (Saturday May 11th, 2:30pm Kick Off) Vs. Ealing Trailfinders here at drfc.co.uk/tickets

Club News | Mr Steve Newson

It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Steve Newson has passed away after a long illness. 

Steve played on the wing in the 1970s before he went to work in Australia, when he returned, he spent time as the club safety officer. He is a holder of a chain gang awards tie for is efforts. 

Our thoughts go out to his wife Jan and family at this sad time. 

ANNOUNCEMENT | A Knight turned Saint

Doncaster Knights Back rower Fyn Brown makes the move to Cinch Stadium with Northampton Saints for the 2024/25 Season from Castle Park.

Fynlay (Fyn) came to the Doncaster Knights at the start of the 2023/24 Season having joined Championship opposition Ampthill from dismantled Premiership side, Wasps.

The young forward is joining Northampton Saints for his second stint in the Premiership, after spending 2 seasons with London Wasps back in 2021, before coming into the Championship.

Having made a total of 19 appearances in all competitive matches for the Knights, Fyn Brown has been a key asset within the forward pack, scoring a total of 10 points, coming from 2 away tries.

Speaking with Head Coach, Joe Ford on Fyn’s move to the Premiership…

“It’s a great move for Fyn, all his hard work has paid off and his dedication to rugby is very high. He puts a lot into it, and he fully deserves the opportunity to go and play for one of the best teams in the Premiership. It’s a great sign that were doing things right at the Club when players are progressing to the next level, it’s what we want and its brilliant to see the development in these young players. Massive credit to the staff, the physio’s, Tom, Alice, and Strength & Conditioning coaches Adam & Ed for putting the work into him getting him right, to perform at his best each weekend, which, has clearly paid off.”

“A massive thank you goes to the coaches, support staff, players, and the supporters here at Doncaster Knights for making this an enjoyable year. I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to come back into full time rugby and I have loved playing here this season. I wish the club all the best for the future.”  – Fyn Brown

Fyn joins fellow 2023/24 Knight, Tom Doughty in the Premiership for the upcoming 2024/25 Season.

TEAM SHEET | Doncaster Knights vs Ampthill RFC | Round 19 Championship Rugby

The Knights take on hosts Ampthill RFC in Round 19 of the RFU Championship on Saturday 20th April at Dillingham Park

Just 1 change within the starting XV for the Doncaster Knights in Round 19 as Maliq Holden comes back from a 1 Match suspension and replaces George Simpson at 11.

Ethan Caine comes in on the bench, on loan from Sale Sharks to cover injury within the forward pack.

The last time both teams met at Dillingham Park was back in the 22/23 season, where Ampthill took it to the Knights with a 31-12 home win. Earlier in this 23/24 season, The Knights hosted the Mob at Castle Park, which saw a similar result in Ampthill taking an away win. The Knights have something big to prove this weekend with table positions 5th Vs 6th battling it out for a top three finish.

Starting XV

  1. Conor Davidson
  2. George Roberts
  3. Lewis Thiede
  4. Evan Mintern
  5. Ben Murphy
  6. Fyn Brown
  7. Archie Smeaton
  8. Harry Wilson
  9. Ollie Fox
  10. Russell Bennett
  11. Maliq Holden
  12. Connor Edwards
  13. Joe Margetts
  14. Jack Metcalf
  15. Billy McBryde ©

Replacements

  1. Ethan Caine
  2. Harrison Courtney
  3. Corrie Barrett
  4. Adam Hopkinson
  5. Jack Digby
  6. Rhys Tait
  7. Alex Dolly
  8. Joe Bedlow

You can purchase your match-day tickets for the Knights last game of the season (Saturday May 11th, 2:30pm Kick Off) Vs. Ealing Trailfinders here at drfc.co.uk/tickets