Former England Student back-row Rouse joins on loan.
9th July 2020
Promising back-row Jack Rouse will spend the 2020/21 season with the Knights on a season-long loan deal from Ealing Trailfinders.
Jack arrives in South Yorkshire having spent last season with Canterbury in National One, the 24-year-old featured regularly across the back row and at lock for the Kent side, gaining valuable open age game time.
Standing at 6’2” and weighing 111KG Rouse adds a sizeable presence to Head Coach Steve Boden’s loose forward options and the new boss believes he is a player that has the potential to flourish at Castle Park next term. “Jack is only one year out of university rugby & has been in a good rugby programme at Ealing but needs more regular game time.
“He’s good athlete with a good work rate and ability to ball carry. Jack still has a lot of learning, which is to be expected only recently having come out of uni rugby, but he’s got the right drive & attitude to enable him to push his game forward.”
Prior to signing with the Trailfinders Jack studied Sport & Exercise Science at Exeter before going on to do a Master’s in International Business Management.
During his time at Exeter Jack represented the first team 53 times in BUCS competitions; winning two Super Rugby League titles before being selected to represent England Students in April last year.
For next season says he is Jack is focused on developing his game further by impressing in a Donny shirt. “I’m really looking forward to getting going at Doncaster Knights.
“The culture that Bodes is building and the ambition of the club is something that really excites me.
“The opportunity for me to join a team that have a reputation for having a dominant pack is really attractive to me also.
“Personally, I want to take my game to the next level and I feel that the Knights have the right set up to achieve that and enable me to get regular exposure and test myself against top teams.
“I can’t wait to join up with the squad and help the Knights move forward next season.”
Jack’s arrival on a season long loan takes the total of confirmed 2020/21 squad members to twenty-six.
2020/2021 current squad.
ANDREW FOSTER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], KYLE EVANS [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], MATT SMITH [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], REISS CULLEN [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR], SAM OLVER [CONTRACT 2ND YEAR].
CHARLIE FOLEY [RETAINED 1 YEAR], HOWARD PACKMAN [RETAINED 1 YEAR], WILL HOLLING [RETAINED 1 YEAR], MATT CHALLINOR [RETAINED 1 YEAR], SAM POCKLINGTON [RETAINED 1 YEAR], ROBIN HISLOP [RETAINED 2 YEARS], BEN HUNTER [RETAINED 1 YEAR].
JAMES KANE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] MARK BEST [NEW SIGNING 1 + 1 YEAR] JAMES MITCHELL [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] CONOR JOYCE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] TOM HILL [SIGNING 2 YEARS] SAM GRAHAM [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BILLY MCBRYDE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] BEN BETTS [NEW SIGNING 2 YEARS] JAMES NEWEY [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK DAVIES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JOE JONES [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] GEORGE ROBERTS [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR], JACK SPITTLE [NEW SIGNING 1 YEAR] JACK ROUSE [ONE SEASON LOAN].
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