Knights swoop for Blues props.
15th July 2021
The Knights 2021/22 squad continues to take shape with the addition of two former Bedford Blues prop forward, Joe Wrafter & Henry Paul.
25-year-old Wrafter arrives after two solid seasons at Goldington Road; which also included a loan spell with Premiership champions Harlequins.
The loose head leaves Bedford having made 24-appearances for the Blues and is a prospect Head Coach Steve Boden rates highly. “Joe is an aggressive ball-carrier with great natural strength, size and power and we feel that he will compliment our front-row options.
“We see potential for a lot of growth in Joe’s game, especially at the set piece, and that he has the fundamentals to be a force in the Championship and ambition to kick on higher.
Wrafter made the step up to level two after a two-year spell with Birmingham Moseley, making 47 appearances at Billesley Common. At six-foot-tall and 113kg, the mobile prop offers plenty in the pack having started in the Worcester Warriors Academy and playing at Clifton and Hartpury also.
Commenting on the switch to Castle Park Joe said. “The potential within this organization is very clear to me particularly with the ambitious players and coaching staff lead by Bodes. Personally, I really look forward to helping facilitate the Club’s ambition and performing to my very best on the field.”
Joining Joe is 24-year-old Henry Paul, Henry is another player that made the step up to the Championship when upon moving to Goldington Road in summer 2019.
Capable on both sides of the scrum, Henry learnt his craft in the national league, enjoying a superb 2018/19 campaign with Esher in National League One. Before that, he also turned out for London Irish Wild Geese and has received international representative honours with England Counties.
Henry is now looking to take his game further in the Knights full time environment. “I’m delighted to have signed for Doncaster Knights. The team looked really strong last year and that showed in their finish in the league. I’m looking forward to chucking myself into the professional set up here at Castle Park and getting to know the lads.”
With a fine record of developing prop forwards, Bodes says that Henry has the natural talent to impress in a Donny shirt. “Henry Paul has the raw ingredients to become an established prop in the Championship.
“He moves well, he has good skills and the basic fundamentals to be a strong scrummaging tight head. We are confident that with a good worth ethic and some hard graft that Joe can do very well for us here.”
More squad updates & fixture news coming this week.