Today the Knights open up their British & Irish Cup campaign with a tasty Round One clash against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane. For the clash Griff, Kendo and Francis have named a new-look twenty-two with interesting additions to the team sheet.
Five players have joined the squad for the fixture with Leicester Tigers trio George Catchpole, Will Owen and Ben White arriving on dual-registration from Welford Road. Following yesterday’s announcement, not so, new-signing Jack Bergmanas is called straight into the twenty-two as is Fylde lock Nick Gray.
Ahead of kick off Connor Hickinbottom profiles the five additions to bring you up to speed with the Knights cup additions.
Joining the club on loan from National One side Flyde is 21-year-old second row Nick Gray, son of former Scottish international Chris Gray. Having previously played for Nottingham Rugby, Gray has also picked up representative honours for Lancashire senior side and Scotland Under 20s and will offer big presence at the lineout standing at 6 foot 7.
George Catchpole returns to Castle Park following a lengthy absence.
The midfielder featured heavily for the Knights in the 2014/15 season including an appearance in the British and Irish Cup final against Worcester Warriors. Catchpole impressed coaches at both Castle Park and Welford Road that season and went on to win the Leicester Tigers Young Player of the Year.
The 22-year-old featured for the Knights last season also but had his campaign interrupted through Glandular Fever, fit again George slots straight into the Knights midfield for today’s game.
Fellow starter Owen is another familiar name to Knights fans, having played seven games for the club last season and featuring from the bench in the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign versus London Irish.
The former England U20 star will wear the seven jersey for today’s clash with Rotherham and continues to feature regularly for the Tigers ‘A’ side.
The third and final dual-registered Tiger for today’s game is scrum half Ben White. The teenager became the Knights youngest ever professional player when he made his debut for the club against London Welsh in April of this year at just 17 years old. He is also the second youngest player to have ever played in the Premiership, having made his debut for Tigers against Harlequins at 17 years 151 days.
Back in the Knights fold having recovered from severe knee injury Jack Bergmanas is set to make his return to professional rugby today. Jack has spent the start of 2016/17 with Doncaster Phoenix whilst working on his rehabilitation with the Knights physio team. The front row man re-signed at the Club till the end of season yesterday and will be hoping for a winning return against Rotherham today.