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Doncaster Knights fans are invited to Castle Park on Thursday 29th August to watch the menโ€™s first team train here at Castle Park. 

 

The club is hosting the event during the summer holidays to encourage families and junior fans to come meet their favourite players and get a behind the scenes look at preparations ahead of the new season.

Gates will open at 5:30pm and fans can access the ground via the turnstiles. Seating will be available in the De Mulder Lloyd Stand, not reserved. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from the main bar concourse and knights fayre in the De Mulder Lloyd Stand. 

The training session will commence on pitch 1 at 6pm and will last approximately one hour.

The Knights players will be available to sign autographs and take photos at the end of the session.

After the session, all players and coaching staff will be in the concourse bar after to mingle with the fans. 

Parking will be available in the main car park, limestone and overflow on a first come first served basis. 

๐Ÿ“† Thursday 29th August
โฐ Gates Open at 5:30pm
๐ŸŸ๏ธ Pitch 1, Castle Park
๐Ÿฐ De Mulder Lloyd Stand Open (Seating Unreserved)
๐Ÿป Bar Open
๐Ÿฅง Cow Pie

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New Faces at Castle Park โš”๏ธ

Joe Ford & Sir Ian McGeechan’s squad continue to be put through their paces at Castle Park as Semesa Rokoduguni & Logovi’i Mulipola join up with us for their pre-season testing. 

Tickets are now on sale for our pre-season friendly vs Bury St Edmunds on Friday 23rd August, 7:30 KO. Purchase your tickets online now, Tickets start from just ยฃ4 concessions, ยฃ6 Adults and U16 go free –https://www.drfc.co.uk/tickets/

 

 

Evan Anderson

Everyone at DRFC were saddened to hear the news of the peaceful passing of Knights Season Ticket holder, Evan John Anderson on 23rd June 2024 age 90, supported by his younger brother Hugh.
 
Evan, a former Councillor and Mayor of Tickhill Town Council was born in South Wales but became an adopted Yorkshireman when he moved to Tickhill in the 1960s where he and his beloved wife Gwladys made it their home.
 
Evan’s journey on the council began in the late 1960s/early 1970s when he was refused planning permission on his home on Walnut Ave. Wanting to make a difference in the place he called home, he joined the council and later became Mayor.
 
Evan was well respected in the Community of Tickhill and his time on the council spanned the period when Tickhill Urban District Council were taken over by Doncaster Council. Tickhill Town council send their condolences, Evan will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
 
Evans family would like to thank the many friends for all their kind messages and condolences and thank them for their friendship.
 
Evans funeral will take place on Wednesday 17th July at Rose Hill Crematorium at 12:00pm. Family flowers only please, donations gratefully received for Salvation Army and Marie Currie.
 
Photo courtesy of the family.

Roko becomes a Knight

Doncaster Knights are delighted to welcome LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni for the 2024/25 season

Born in Nausori, Fiji, Semesa “Roko” Rokoduguni has always been a rugby enthusiast. He began his career in the Army, playing rugby at an amateur level before representing the Army’s rugby team on multiple occasions.

In 2012, at the age of 25, Roko signed a professional contract with Bath Rugby and stayed with the Premiership club for an amazing 10 seasons, playing 194 times for the club and scoring 71 tries. In 2022, he then moved to French D2 side, US Montauban, excited for a new challenge. Roko accumulated 45 appearances for Montauban, racking up 10 tries in the process.

While balancing his rugby with a career in the Army, Roko holds the rank of Lance Corporal and also served in Afghanistan. To top off an exciting life, Semesa also represented England on four occasions, scoring four times, with his debut being against the All Blacks in the 2014 Autumn Internationals.

Head coach, Joe Ford, is delighted with Roko’s arrival, stating how “his experience and knowledge of the game will certainly boost the squad both on and off the pitch. He’s an incredible player and we are so excited to introduce him to the rest of the boys.”

We look forward to Rokoโ€™s arrival at Castle Park, and hope he has a successful and impactful season.

Roko is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season โ€“ For more information, please contact Tom Foy at tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk or Tracey Owen at towen@castle-park.co.uk

Sam Olver joins Wall of Centurions

A new Knight has been inducted onto the Centurions Wall at Castle Park, as last season, fly-half Sam Olver made his 102nd appearance on his final game for Doncaster against Hartpury.

Sam joins the likes of Paul Jarvis, Bevan Armitage, Steve Boden, Chris Hallam and many more. As shown on the displayed photos, Sam fits onto the wall very well and will be remembered for years to come.

Sam racked up 5 tries, 121 conversions, 80 penalties and a drop-goal during his time at the Knights, totalling 507 points in his 6 seasons. Olver also had an impressive win percentage of 62%.

We wish Sam all the best in his future endeavours.

Doncaster Knightsโ€™ first pre-season game announced

Doncaster Knights will face Bury St. Edmunds on Friday 23rd August for a 7:30pm kick-off at Castle Park.

This will be the Knightsโ€™ first run out of the 2024/25 campaign, allowing Head Coach, Joe Ford, to trial all new signings and current squad members into the system, and give him an early indication for the season of how the team works together.

Ford had this to say about the fixture:

“Bury are one of the strongest teams in National 2 East, my youngest brother Jacob is doing a brilliant job down there. It will be a great opportunity for a mix of our senior squad, development players and academy to get their first run out of the season.

It will be exciting to get back out at Castle Park in front of our fans giving them all the opportunity to meet our new players for the first time. We can’t wait to see you all again soon.”

You can purchase tickets for the game now, by clicking this link. Prices for adults start from ยฃ6, with under 16s going free.

This will also be the first opportunity for fans to see the new 150th Anniversary kit, created and designed by SAMURAI.

For all season ticket holders, your ticket will be valid for this pre-season friendly. Not got yours yet? Buy now here!

13 Knights renew contracts for another season at Castle Park

We are delighted to announce the resigning of 13 Doncaster Knights players, who will be staying with us for another year for the 2024/25 season.

 

The coaching staff at Castle Park believe there is still a lot of talent within this group of players, and they all have plenty more to offer. This group will also help the new crop of players integrate and settle into the club, as Doncaster look to better their performance from last season.

 

Players staying on this season are as follows:
Lewis Theide, Connor Edwards, Conor Davidson, Maliq Holden, Ollie Fox, Ben Murphy, Alex Dolly, Archie Smeaton, George Roberts, Russell Bennett, Harry Davey, Rhys Tait and Adam Hopkinson.

 

We are also pleased to promote 4 academy players into the First Team for the upcoming season. Congratulations to Calvin Mitchell, James Harrison, Will Metcalfe and Sai Tobeyweni, very well deserved.

 

To see a full list of the squad for next season, click the link

NEW SIGNING | Turner Joins the Knights

Doncaster Knights are delighted to announce the season-long loan signing of Andrew Turner from Bristol Bears.

Starting his rugby journey in Weston-Super-Mare, Turner joined the Bristol Bears academy in 2020 as a loose-head prop before signing his first professional contract with them in 2021. 

Andrew is currently 22-years-old, 1.83m tall and weighs a hefty 115kgs, the perfect physique for his position. In 2022, Andrew Turner was fortunate enough to represent England in the Under 20s Six Nations Championship.

During an injury crisis, Andrew went on loan to New Zealand team Crusaders last year, which was an important step in his career. He only played twice but was a valued asset of their squad in a difficult time for the club.

Andrew is a very mobile player in his position, and a very capable scrummager. His power, mobility and competency are what peaked the interested of Doncaster to go ahead with the signing, and everyone is excited to get Turner involved in the squad.

Head coach, Joe Ford, has detailed how he is looking forward to introducing such a young yet experienced player like Andrew into the Knights system, and hopes this move can be one that benefits both parties in a positive way for the upcoming season and beyond.

 

Andrew Turner of Bristol Bears carries as Bristol Bears play Cambridge Rugby in a Premiership Rugby Cup fixture on October 06, 2023 at Ashton Gate in Bristol, England. (Photo by Andy Watts/Bristol Bears)

 

At only 22-years-old, Andrew has been fortunate enough to play abroad, represent his nation, and play for a successful Premiership side, all while playing alongside very talented players. Everyone at Doncaster Knights hopes this level of maturity and experience can be shared across the squad as we search for a successful season.

Andrew is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season โ€“ For more information, please contact Tom Foy at tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk or Tracey Owen at towen@castle-park.co.uk

 

New Signing | Williams Signs for the Knights

Doncaster Knights are delighted to announce the signing of Josh Williams on a permanent deal from Cornish Pirates.

26-years-old, 118kgs and 1.95m, second row Josh Williams has put pen to paper to begin the next step in his illustrious career. Born in Teesside, he has represented England from Under-18 to Under-20, demonstrating his maturity in the game from a young age.

Williams developed his love for rugby while at school at Hartpury College, before signing his first professional contract with Newcastle Falcons where he honed in on his skills. Josh then went on to join the Royal Marines as a Royal Marine Commando and has represented the Royal Navy rugby team on numerous occasions.

In 2021, Josh Williams was ready to resume his professional rugby career, however, his season was cut very short due to a season-long injury but came back tackling and running to his best in the 2022/23 campaign.

Last season, Josh only played four times as he continued to balance his career in the Royal Marines but did manage to find himself on the score sheet on one occasion. Doncaster hopes to give Williams plenty of opportunity to allow both his careers in rugby and the armed forces to flourish in the 2024/25 season

His enormous size and competency should fill fans with hope, as there should be no doubt that Josh will be a great asset in lineouts, along with his brilliant track record in defensive settings. Head coach, Joe Ford, believes this move is the perfect stepping stone for Williamsโ€™ as he continues his rugby career, and everyone at the Knights hopes for a long and successful tenure for the second row.

Josh is available for sponsorship for the 2024/25 season โ€“ For more information, please contact Tom Foy at tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk or Tracey Owen at towen@castle-park.co.uk

 

MAIN STAND SPONSORSHIP 2024-25 REQUIRED

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We are actively seeking a main stand sponsor for the forthcoming season  

This would be a great way to showcase your brand and support a local professional sports club in Doncaster.

Drop tomfoy@castle-park.co.uk or towen@castle-park.co.uk a message for a specific proposal built around your company’s brand and needs.

R.I.P William “Billy” Halkett

Everyone at Doncaster Rugby Football Club is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of William “Billy” Halkett.

Billy was a playing regular in the 80’s and 90’s and for a period of time also fulfilled the role of fixture secretary for the club.

In recent times he has been an avid spectator attending both Phoenix and Knights matches on a regular basis, and even when he didn’t make a game he would be enquiring how the teams got on.

One of the genuinely nice blokes in rugby, he will be sorely missed and we offer our condolences at this time to Sarah and the family.

Funeral arrangements will be posted once available.

By Bill Farley of Doncaster Phoenix RUFC