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Joe Ford Named Knights Head Coach

The club are thrilled to announce Joe Ford has progressed to the role of Knights Head Coach ahead of the 2023/24 season as Steve Boden continues as Director of Rugby.

In turn, Tyson Lewis will become Joe’s Assistant Coach for the coming season.

Discussing the appointment, Joe said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank Steve Lloyd, Tony De Mulder and Steve Boden for the opportunity and the backing they’ve given me to do this role.

“I’ve been coaching now for four or five years, so this seemed like the right next step. I’m still a young coach, so I’ve still got a lot to learn, but being in this role should help develop my coaching skills even more.”

Joe originally joined the coaching team as Backs Coach for the Knights in the summer of 2020 from Yorkshire Carnegie. The former fly-half boasted an impressive playing career with Premiership seasons for Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers.

The ex-player has used the experience and tutelage acquired in his playing days in combination with an ever-developing coaching technique to create a strong back-line which can pride itself on good communication channels.

And so, a progression to Head Coach seemed a natural step according to DoR, Steve Boden.

“I think Joe has naturally progressed into the role, especially at the back end of last season, so it does take a load off of me, allowing me to focus on forwards as well as the off field side of things.

“I think we’re lucky as a club to have Joe. First and foremost, I think he’s a cracking guy. Staff trust him, he works extremely hard, he cares about the lads, and I think there’s no better person to lead some of the bigger parts of our game plan.

“It’ll also be great to have Tyson taking a bit more of a concrete role with us whilst still being the head of our Academy – which we can see he’s done a fantastic job with.

“We know who Tyson is, and what he’s done for the club – he’s been a great servant to the Knights. He continues to give high energy, he’s a good guy and so, I can’t speak highly enough of him – I’m really glad to have him.”

An extremely familiar face around Castle Park having amassed 200 professional appearances for the Championship side since arriving from Plymouth Albion in 2012, Tyson Lewis is another valued member of the Knights coaching team.

Retiring as the club’s leading try-scorer in the professional age, Tyson has played a key leadership role in the Doncaster Knights Academy – being integral in ushering a handful of Academy players through into the first team throughout the 2022/23 season for their debut professional appearances.

Tyson is ready to crack on with continuing his role as Head Coach of the Knights Academy alongside his new position with the first team.

“I look at my time at the club with a lot of pride – to see how many players I’ve played with, and how many boys have come through the Knights Academy – so this is just another great challenge.

“So, I look forward to the season ahead and seeing how it goes for the Knights.”

We look forward to seeing what our newly organised coaching set-up can bring to the Knights throughout 2023/24.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for Joe Ford for the 2023/24 season. Please email for more information.

Tyson Lewis will be sponsored by AGM Safety.

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