The latest signing of the new season is a familiar face to Castle Park in the form of Nick Civetta.
The 28 year-old played for Doncaster Knights during the 2017/18 campaign, making 10 appearances on loan from Newcastle Falcons.
Civetta has now joined on a permanent one year-deal from the Aviva Premiership side, where he made five appearances. He signed for the Falcons from Italian Serie A side I Medicei, while the second row previously played for fellow Italian sides SS Lazio and Viadana.
Delighted at signing, Civetta complimented the staff for improving him. "I'm really excited to join Donny full time this season. I've grown a lot as a player in the last year, and I credit a lot of that growth to kendo and Clive, so I am excited to be working with them. "
The 6’8 lock took up rugby at a late age of 18 when he attended Notre Dame University in USA. Civetta has also featured for the USA select side three times and was selected for the USA Rugby All Collegiate All-American team.
In the 2016/17 season, the New Yorker made his way into the USA national side and was key player as they secured a Rugby World Cup 2019 place, beating rival nation Canada over two legs.
The World Cup was in the forefront of his mind when deciding to join the Knights. "The year before the build up to the world cup, I think it's important for me to put myself in a position to potentially get a lot of game time, and that was a major motivation for me in signing with Doncaster.
"On top of that, I've really enjoyed the player group at Donny and I am excited to be part of it full time."
The American brings physicality and athleticism as well an ability to play either lock or back-row for the Knights this season.
Outside of Rugby, Civetta is a qualified engineer after completing a Masters in Geotechnical engineering.
DoR Clive Griffiths is pleased to welcome Civetta back to Castle Park. “Nick showed last season why he is an USA international and why he had a Premiership contract and we’re delighted to sign him after some eye-catching performances for us.”
“He’ll add trength in depth to our second row so huge competition for places.”