Doncaster XV v Yorkshire Under 20s?
23rd December 2014
On Sunday December 28th Castle Park plays host to an exhibition fixture, showcasing some of the region’s finest rugby players followed by an evening of entertainment. The event kicks off at with a curtain raiser clash between DRFC Past (over 30s) vs ‘Present’ (under 20s). Then at 2pm and will see the Yorkshire Under 20s take on a Doncaster Select XV followed by a disco held in the Clubhouse, hopefully completing what should be a full days rugby ?entertainment.
One of the driving forces behind this significant and exciting clash is DRFC Development Manager and Yorkshire U20s coach Ants ?Posa who explains the reason and importance of the game. “From a ?Yorkshire point of view, every season we find ourselves short on ?preparation time as all the players have their own Club’s and we ?need to get everyone on the same page as quickly as possible.
“Each year the County Championship format changes, this year we had ?our first game at the end of November, beating Cheshire, and our ?next game is the first Sunday in the January.
“Rather than have a training session over Christmas we felt it ?would be much better preparation to play a game. So timing wise ?this game is perfect.
“?The Donny connection does not start and end with Ants however with ?plenty more of the Castle Park contingent involved with the U20s.
“Kendo has taken over the coaching of the 20s this year and there ?are also two members of Doncaster Phoenix in the squad in Josh ?Walker and Josh Fowler.
“The thinking behind the Doncaster XV team is all tied into the ?development pathway from mini/junior, to colts, to phoenix and then ?potentially Knights for those who with real potential.
“Our intention is that the next generation of talented young ?Doncaster players do not need to go to other clubs for a ?competitive rugby, so what I am hoping to do is entice Doncaster players who have played here in the past but left for whatever ?reason back to the club even if it is just for a beer and a laugh ?in the DRFC environment
The Doncaster XV will be mix of any Knights that Griff may wish to give game time to, Doncaster boys playing at other clubs and promising members of the Phoenix. So it will be a very competitive ?side.
“If I am being honest, whilst neither team is completely finalize at the moment I would make the Doncaster XV slight favourites. I think they’ll have the edge up front with a bit of extra maturity.
“From a neutral point view it should be a great game to watch and ?we hope to see as many people down as possible.”