Match Highlights | Championship Rugby, Round Eighteen | Doncaster Knights 29 – 7 Caldy RFC

Doncaster’s 10th Championship win, in which they earned a bonus point at Castle Park, gained revenge for their Christmas defeat on the Wirral.

First half tries by wingers Jack Metcalf and George Simpson and two conversions and a penalty from fly half Russ Bennett established a firm control on the contest which Doncaster led by 17-0 at the interval.

While scoring opportunities were wasted and their kicking game did not always produce the desired effect, the Knights’ pack played with genuine authority and laid on two more tries in the second half by centre Connor Edwards and flanker Archie Smeaton whose score towards the end was fully deserved as he delivered an outstanding display in attack and defence.

“ We were disappointed with our performance over there. It wasn’t professional and we took them for granted,” the Man of the Match said.

“ This time we were professional, we stuck at it and we put in a great defensive effort.Overall, I’m happy, but we left points out there and we were in their 22 for long periods and didn’t convert the possession.

“ But this league at the top is very competitive, so we are delighted to get five points. We’ve got Ampthill away this Saturday and that’s going to be difficult because they are in good form having beaten Ealing and Bedford recently.”

Arguably, Doncaster should have put 40 points past Caldy who were second best during the first half, and for several periods in the second strong tackling by the Knights restricted the Cheshire club to their own half when they enjoyed decent possession.

Opportunities missed included one for skipper and full back Billy McBryde who would have touched down but for a forward pass, and then centre Joe Margetts, who sprinted his way through Caldy’s defence, somehow dropped the ball when he was about to put it down.

Two more chances were also thrown away in promising attacking positions, and while Caldy broke through late in the second half, this was an encouraging display with three league games remaining against Ampthill, Bedford Blues, also away, and finally against Championship leaders Ealing Trailfinders at Castle Park on the last Saturday in May.

Doncaster, who stay fifth and now have 51 points, will announce later this week the name of their new forwards’ coach and reveal some of the players who are leaving and those who have re-signed for next season.

 

by Guy Williams.

 

The Knights are back at Castle Park for Round 21 of Championship Rugby action against Ealing Trailfinders Saturday 11th May

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TEAM SHEET | Doncaster Knights vs Caldy RFC | Round 18 Championship Rugby

The Knights take on visitors Caldy RFC in Round 18 of the RFU Championship on Sunday 14th April, 2:30pm KO, Castle Park.

4 changes in the starting 15 for Doncaster Knights since their last outing, for Round 18 of Championship Rugby Vs. Caldy RFC
One change within the forward pack as Harry Wilson comes in at 8 for Jack Digby, Ollie Fox comes in for Alex Dolly at Scrum half and with Maliq Holden receiving a 1 match suspension, Jack Metcalf comes in on the wing at 14 with George Simpson playing at 11 this week.
The last time these teams met back at the Christmas break, Caldy put in a winning performance of 24-19, which was the first win the team has taken over the Knights in any Championship Rugby campaign.

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. George Simpson
12. Connor Edwards
13. Joe Margetts
14. Jack Metcalf
15. Billy McBryde ©

Replacements
16. Tom Doughty
17. Harrison Courtney
18. Corrie Barrett
19. Charlie Beckett
20. Ehize Ehizode
21. Rhys Tait
22. Alex Dolly
23. Joe Bedlow

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Knights x SAMURAI | New Technical Kit Partner

Doncaster Knights are thrilled to announce an exciting new multi-year partnership with SAMURAI.

As a brand and market leader in custom rugby apparel, we take pride in our long-standing reputation and are dedicated to delivering the best in the industry, which is why we’re delighted to finally share the news of our collaboration with Doncaster Knights RFC; a club that reflects our core values and principles. We look forward to working closely with them to create a lasting partnership.

As well as creating premium kit for their championship team, SAMURAI will also supply to their amateur side Doncaster Phoenix, the women’s team Doncaster Demons and their mini and junior rugby section.

With the 2024/25 season also holding host to Doncaster Knights 150th anniversary, keep an eye out as we unveil our plans to celebrate the milestone over the coming months.

‘We are excited to welcome SAMURAI as our new technical kit partner at Doncaster Knights. SAMURAI will be working across the club, from our Mini Juniors to the first team to get the best product and service available to them. It was important to find a partner who has an excellent track record and vast experience of working in professional rugby. We’ve been through a rigorous process to ensure we get the best the market can offer and to help us maximise our performance on and off the field.

Next season is extremely exciting for us as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary and look forward to showcasing our kit launches for the 2024-25 season.’

Tom Foy, Head of Commercial, Doncaster Knights

‘We are delighted to be partnering with Doncaster Knights, a dynamic and well-established club that is only going from strength to strength. We endeavour to Push Forward together towards many future successes and a lasting partnership throughout 2024 and beyond.’

Stefano Schivo, CEO SAMURAI

Established in 1875 as Doncaster Rugby Football Club, the club has a rich and impressive heritage in the rugby union; boasting the most promoted team in English rugby history – a total of 8 promotions in 15 seasons. Rebranded for the 2006-2007 season as Doncaster Knights, the club now resides at their home ground Castle Park Stadium in Doncaster.

 

Haka Rugby Global Elite Camp 2024

Welcome to the Haka Rugby Global Elite Camp 2024
We aim to use ‘Maori culture & Rugby as a tool to develop future world leaders…’

This July, Castle Park hosts the Haka Rugby Camp, which is a 3 day camp aimed at 8 to 16 year old boys and girls, that want to develop their rugby abilities but also hone in on their own confidence and social skills too.
These camps are run by Troy Nathan and Regan Sue, and along with a host of other well-known rugby professionals, will bring their wealth of experience to the rugby camp to ensure that the kids get the best exposure to top quality coaching.

Our coaches have played at the highest level the game has to offer, but we have also all enjoyed the game as kids and we know that rugby is much more than just the game out there on the pitch. That is why we have created a rugby camp that will give the campers an insight into everything the game entails. From nutrition workshops and pool recovery sessions to team building activities, the campers will get a true insight in to the amazing game of rugby!

Join us at Castle Park on
Monday 22nd July, Tuesday 23rd July & Wednesday 24th July
10am to 3pm

£120 for the total 3 days, includes HRG Training t-shirt & shorts
Click here to book

*Must bring own packed lunch on each day

2024 Autumn Nations Series Home Game Tickets

The ballot for international tickets at Twickenham this autumn is now open.

The deadline for securing tickets for the England Autumn Nation Series is the April 14th 2024

Current DRFC members (those who have been season ticket holders for a minimum of 3 years) who wish to apply for tickets to England’s home games at Twickenham in November please complete our online form HERE.

Job Vacancy | Performance Analysis Placement

Position: Performance Analysis Placement

Hours: Full Time (4 days a week including match days)

Location: Castle Park Stadium, Doncaster. Some national travel will be required as part of the role.

Closing Date: 1st July 2024

Job description:
Doncaster Knights compete in the RFU Championship and are looking to appoint a Student to contribute to the first team and academy training and match days for the 2024/25 season. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual who is looking to begin or further their career within performance analysis.

Reporting to the Head of Performance Analysis.
• Capturing, processing, and analysing of all training footage 1st team and Academy.
• Assist the Head Analyst to provide coaching staff with post-match team and individual
video and statistical analysis.
• Prepare individual clips of player’s involvement during games to aid development.
• Update and maintain the club’s online analysis resource (Hudl).
• Prepare pre- and post-match highlights, footage as governed by the Head of Analysis.
These responsibilities are not exhaustive and may be added to as the role develops. Essential Requirements:
• It is essential that all candidates have started an undergraduate degree in Sports Science, Performance Analysis or any other relevant disciplines.
• Must be competent and show good levels of I.T literacy, the use of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, file sharing systems (Google Drive, Dropbox & Wetransfer) and iMovie.
• Reliable and trustworthy with sensitive club information and equipment.
• Proactive and driven to succeed

Desirable Requirements:
• An interest in coaching, preferably having started coaching badges (Level 1 desirable) but not essential.
• Experience with using filming equipment would also be beneficial.
• Previous experience and access to Sportscode/ Nacsport software would be
advantageous
• Willing to commit to unsociable hours including evenings and weekends
• Be dedicated in learning the field of Video Analysis

Candidates must be aware that this is a voluntary placement role and there will be no financial reward. Doncaster Knights will however be dedicated to working alongside the chosen candidate in order to help further their development in the field.

Please email your CV along with a covering letter stating why you feel this placement would be beneficial to you and what you feel you could offer Doncaster Knights RFC to MHarland@castle-park.co.uk with the subject title Performance Analyst Placement.

RFU Disciplinary: Maliq Holden, Doncaster Knights

The case of Maliq Holden, Doncaster Knights, was heard on papers by single judicial officer, Charles Cuthbert.

Holden was shown a red card by the referee in the first half of the match against Cornish Pirates on 23 March 2024. This was for a physical abuse, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12 for forcefully pushing an opposition player in the face. Holden accepted the charge and was given a one-week suspension.

The player will miss the following games:
14.04.24 v Caldy

The full judgment is available here and an infographic 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.

Season Tickets 2024-25 | Now on Sale

Season Tickets are now on sale for our 2024-25 Championship Campaign. Join us as we celebrate our 150th anniversary year!

We are pleased to be able to confirm season ticket prices start from just £150. We anticipate a minimum of 15 home games at Castle Park next season, so you can watch your knights for just £10 per game! We remain committed to growing the game and therefore all 16 & under will be completely FREE!

We hope the pricing of our season tickets for the 2024-25 campaign reflects how committed we are as a club to engage with new fans and also to show our appreciation and gratitude to those fans who have been so loyal to us for many years.

 

Early Bird & Renewal Deadline: Thursday 6th June 2024

Whether you are renewing your season ticket or becoming a new season ticket holder you can take advantage of our early bird season ticket pricing starting from just £150 on the terrace and £180 in the De Mulder Lloyd stand these will be held at these prices until Friday 7th June. If you want to keep your seat then this can also be renewed until Thursday 6th June, any non-renewed seats will be available to the general public from Friday 7th June. 

 

Season Ticket Pricing for 2024-25:

Season Ticket – Early Bird & Keep Your Seat (Thursday 6th June 2024)
  Adult  Concession (65+)  U16’s
Season Ticket – Main Stand (Seated)  £180.00  £165.00 Free
Season Ticket -Terrace (Standing)  £150.00  £150.00 Free
Season Ticket – General Sale (Friday 7th June)
  Adult Concession (65+) U16’s
Season Ticket – Main Stand (Seated)  £210.00  £195.00 Free
Season Ticket -Terrace (Standing)  £180.00  £180.00 Free

 

Season Ticket Additional Benefits:

  • Entry to all Knights league games at Castle Park
  • Entry to all Knights group cup games at Castle Park (Tickets will be chargeable should we advance to the knockout stages
  • 10% discount in the Club Shop
  • Priority Access to International Tickets, 6 Nations & Autumn Internationals
  • Bring 2 friends to a game of your choice 

 

1875 Club Hospitality Season Tickets: 

New for the 2024-25 season ….. Why not enhance your matchday experience and treat yourself with our unbelievable value, 1875 Club Season Ticket. For every Knights matchday in the 2024-25 season you can expect, 

  • Delicious Hot Buffet
  • Sweet Treats to Follow
  • Knights Player or Coach Pre-Match Interview
  • Warm & Exclusive Room Before the Game
  • Private Bar – Beat the Queue!
  • Official Matchday Teamsheet
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee 

 

1875 Club Hospitality Season Ticket – Early Bird (Thursday 6th June)
  Adult  Concession (65+)  U16’s
1875 Season Ticket – Main Stand (Seated)  £550          £535 Free
1875 Season Ticket -Terrace (Standing)  £520  £520 Free
1875 Club Hospitality Season Ticket – General Sale (Friday 7th June)
  Adult Concession (65+)  U16’s
1875 Season Ticket – Main Stand (Seated) £580 £565  £200
1875 Season Ticket -Terrace (Standing) £550 £550 £200

 

Match Ticket Pricing 2024-25: 

Match Tickets – Online
  Adult Concession (65+) U16’s
Match Day Main Stand (Seated)  £21.00  £16.00 Free
Match Day Terrace (Standing)  £15.00  £13.00 Free
       
Match Day – Ticket Window
  Adult Concession (65+) U16’s
Match Day Main Stand (Seated)  £24.00  £18.00 Free
Match Day Terrace (Standing)  £18.00  £14.00 Free

 

Buy Your Season Ticket Now:

You can buy your season ticket online now, or you can call us from Monday 8th April on 01302 831388 where we will be able to assist you further.

We look forward to seeing you at Castle Park very soon … Get Ready For Battle

 

End of Season Awards 2024

The Knights are delighted to announce that our End of Season Awards 2024 will take place at Castle Park on Friday 17th May.

The Club are delighted to invite supporters to the end-of-season event, which is always the perfect way to remember the campaign and raise a glass with fellow Knights.

Places are now available to be booked as the 2023-24 season is celebrated and a series of awards are handed out, including the coveted Supporters’ Player of the Season accolade.

The awards will run from 6:30pm till late and all guests will enjoy a delicious 2-course meal as supporters can mingle with their Knights heroes, some of whom will be honoured on the night.

Other awards that will be presented include Players’ Player of the Season, Coaches Player of the Season, Try of the Season & Knight of the Season.

Packages Include:

Entry to the Awards Evening

Delicious 2-Course Meal

Award Presentations

Speeches from Head Coach Joe Ford, Club President Steve Lloyd and Club Captains

Live Music Until Late

Dress Code: Black Tie / Dress to impress

Pricing of the packages available to book are below:

Option 1 – £25 + VAT Per Person

Option 2 – Table of 10 Guests = £230 + VAT

Option 3 – Table of 10 Guests + Award Sponsor = £350 + VAT (Only 5 Available)

To book a package, you can book this online at drfc.co.uk/tickets or please call our Commercial team on 01302 831388 or email our commercial executive, Tracey Owen – towen@castle-park.co.uk

 

 

ENGLAND U19 MEN’S TEAM ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF FIXTURE VERSUS FRANCE AT DONCASTER KNIGHT’S CASTLE PARK

The first of England U19 Men’s 2024 fixtures take place this Saturday (30th March) at Doncaster Knights’ Castle Park, with head coach Andy Titterrell naming his matchday 26 to take on France.

Titterrell, the U20 Men’s assistant coach, assumes the mantle this week in Yorkshire following on from his side’s Under-20 Men’s Six Nations Championship victory and is accompanied by Mark Mapletoft in the coaching set-up.

The fixture kicks-off at 13:00 GMT on Saturday, with tickets still available to purchase here.

The U19 side serves as an avenue for England Rugby pathway players to develop their skillsets with meaningful gametime on the international circuit, with fixtures also giving valuable minutes to players eligible for U20 selection in the summer’s World Rugby U20 Championships in South Africa.

Last year’s entertaining bill of fixtures, which saw England triumph 60-14 and 28-26 over Wales and Italy respectively, featured the likes of Nathan Michelow and Archie McParland who went on to recently achieve Under-20 Six Nations honours under Titterrell and Mapletoft.

This weekend’s squad includes 4 U20 Elite Player Squad members (Jacob Oliver, Olamide Sodeke, Kane James, Josh Bellamy) that won the recent U20 Six Nations Championship, and will be led by Thomas Burrow.

Alfie Longstaff, Tye Raymont, Oscar Beckerleg and Tom Burrow also attended the maiden pathway front-five forwards camp led by Titterrell and U18 Men’s head coach Jonathan Pendlebury last autumn.

England follow up this weekend’s contest with a trip to L’Aquila to take on Italy U19 Men on Saturday 6th April 2024 at the Stadio Tommaso Fattori.

“These are a unique set of fixtures which gives both coaches and supporters a flavour of the talent coming through the pathway,” Andy Titterrell stated.

“We’re fortunate enough to boast Six Nations winners within this squad already, and that’s testament to their rate of development, willing to learn and excellent work ethic. Coming off what has been an enthralling eight weeks, I’m pleased to report this group have kept excitement high within the coaching staff.

“Doncaster have been incredibly hospitable with their facilities this week and have allowed us to prepare well for what will no doubt be a compelling match this Saturday.”

England U19 Men’s side to face France:

15 Jack Kinder (Leicester Tigers)
14 Jack Bracken (Saracens)
13 Angus Hall (Saracens)
12 Charlie Myall (Leicester Tigers)
11 William Glister (Northampton Saints)
10 Joshua Bellamy (Harlequins)
9 Max Blinkhorn (Nottingham University)

1 Ralph McEachran (Sale Sharks)
2 Jacob Oliver (Newcastle)
3 Tye Raymont (Sale Sharks)
4 Olamide Sodeke (Saracens)
5 Thomas Burrow (c) (Sale Sharks)
6 Reuben Logan (Northampton Saints)
7 George Timmins (Bath Rugby)
8 Kane James (Exeter Chiefs)
 
Replacements
16 Alfie Longstaff (Yorkshire Rugby Academy)
17 Bronson Mellowes (Leicester Tigers)
18 Owen Popple (Hartpury)
19 Oscar Beckerleg (Exeter Chiefs)
20 Simon Koroiyadi (Leicester Tigers)
21 Dom Hanson (Sale Sharks)
22 Benjamin Coen (Exeter Chiefs)
23 Conor Byrne (Harlequins)
24 Sol Moody (Exeter Chiefs)
25 Isaac Keller (Newcastle Falcons)
26 Campbell Ridl (Exeter Chiefs)
 

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Press Statement | The future of Tier 2

 

The Championship Clubs Committee met today to hear an update from their Executive on progress made in discussions about the future of Tier 2 of English rugby.

While there was at one point in the recent history of this crucial process a deadline of March 31st for the selection of clubs for a second tier, that deadline was scrapped some time ago and there are currently a series of important and intensive discussions going on around the league, which will be launched for the 2025/26 season.

Those discussions between the CCC, the RFU and, where relevant, Premiership Rugby Ltd, cover all the basic points needed to establish a new Tier 2 for the good of the English game and for the security and planning necessary to the current Championship clubs.

There is no deadline for these discussions, although clearly it is important that agreement is reached as quickly as possible so that planning for both the new Tier 2 league and for the 2024/25 season can begin.

Solid progress has been made on the various issues being discussed. The parties involved believe that an agreement is within reach, although some very important topics still need to be brought to a satisfactory conclusion for all the parties.

These are vital discussions and are taking place in an intensive, progressive and co-operative atmosphere.

No doubt, when outstanding issues are resolved, a public statement will be made, but in the meantime, please be assured that the future of Championship clubs and the interests of those who aspire to join the second tier of our game are being given the priority they deserve by all of us involved.

Simon Halliday, Chairman, Championship Clubs Committee.