Knights’ mainstay Tom Davies will line up in the number one jersey tomorrow afternoon for the final time as a Knight as the prop forward announces that he will retire after next weekend’s clash with Plymouth Albion.
Tom is the longest current-serving Knight, having first linked up with his hometown club’s first team as an 18-year-old ahead of the 2004/05 season.
‘Dizzle’ established himself as one of the finest loose heads not only at the Club but also in the division over the next five years and his performances caught the eye of Pro 12 outfit Cardiff Blues. He spent a season in the Welsh capital and made a handful of appearances before returning to Castle Park for the 2011/12 season.
The 29-year-old has made well over 150 first team appearances for the Knights but will now focus on a career away from rugby, reflecting on his decade at Castle Park Tom stated. “It’s great to be starting on my last home game, fingers crossed it’ll be a fitting end to what has been a fantastic career for me at Doncaster.
“I’ve played with some great players, coming right through the junior section and have spent almost all of my career here playing for my home town; something I feel very lucky to have done.
“There have been some great highlights during my time here, I was part of the Club’s rise through the leagues which has been great for rugby in the town. I’ve represented the Barbarians, played for the Championship Select XV and then in the British and Irish cup final last week.
“There really has been some great occasions but being able to play rugby with my mates week in week out as my job has definitely been my main highlight."
Tom dispels any myths that rugby players are all brawn no brain as once he finishes the season he’ll be looking to put his Master Degree to good use but first off he wants to make sure the Knights finish on a high.
“I’ve got my finals coming up in a few weeks and then, all being well, I’ll graduate with a Masters in Chemical Engineering and go into a career in the energy industry, so something completely different to rugby.
“I feel like the time is right to pursue a new challenge but I’ve really enjoyed my time in rugby. I want to thank the fans for their support over the years and I wish the club every success going forward.
“We’re intent on finishing the season with a bang and playing with a smile on our faces, we’ve got nothing to lose in these last two games so hopefully we’ll go out there, put on a bit of a show and end with two wins.”
On behalf of the Club, president Tony De Mulder thanked Tom saying. “It is disappointing to see Tom go as he’s still a top quality rugby player but I wish him every success in his new career and thank him for all the years of service.”
Knights XV 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark, 12) Bevon Armitage, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Ume Fosita, 9) Brad Field, 1) Tom Davies, 2) Harry Thacker, 3) WillGriff John, 4) Matt Challinor 5) Tyler Hotson, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Ollie Stedman.
Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Ben Hunter, 18) Phil Eggleshaw, 19) Colin Quigley 20) Will Foden, 21) Paul Roberts, 22) Tomasi Palu.
Kick off tomorrow at Castle Park is at 14:30