Clive Griffiths has bolstered his front row options with the addition of young tight head Jake Armstrong.
Armstrong arrives at Castle Park from Wharfedale having played a crucial role in the Dalesmen’s 2014/15 National One campaign and, aged just 21, already has an impressive amount of experience under his belt.
A former Captain of the prolific rugby school Woodhouse Grange, Yorkshireman Armstrong joined Championship rivals Yorkshire Carnegie’s academy in 2011 before studying at Leeds Beckett University.
The explosive tight head gained representative honours with England at Under 17, 18 and 19 level and made his Championship bow in 2013, coming off the bench versus Ealing Trailfinders. The youngster marked his first start for the Headingley outfit with a try versus Bristol soon after, before joining Wharfedale in summer 2014.
Growing up Jake excelled not only at rugby but also athletics and was previously the UK’s under 17s discus champion. However rugby is now his sole focus and the prop forward is excited to be joining the Knights. "After speaking with Clive about joining I knew that Doncaster was an excellent fit.
“The club has big ambitions and I'm excited to be a part of it.
“I am very eager for the start of preseason and I look forward to meeting all the players, staff and fans alike.
“I would like to thank everyone at Wharfedale RUFC, it has been an honour. All the support and assistance in my development over the last two seasons has been greatly appreciated."
Armstrong provides another option in a competitive looking Knights front row and Forwards Coach Glen Kenworthy believes Jake has the potential to flourish at Castle Park. “He’s didn't miss a game for Wharfedale all season long last year and played really well in what we know is a very difficult division.
“He can play on either side of the scrum which is a massive bonus and is one of the most promising props to come out of National One.
“Jake’s a Yorkshire lad, going full time is a big opportunity for him but he looks to have the attributes to do really well in a Knights jersey.”
Check out Jake’s highlight video below.