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Team News | Knights Named for Trailfinders Battle

Doncaster Knights set out to maintain a home win record tomorrow as we welcome league leaders Ealing Trailfinders to Castle Park. 

Head Coach Steve Boden has made five changes to the starting XV who scored a narrow victory over Hartpury at Alpas Arena last weekend.

In the pack, Conor Davidson maintains his places whilst George Edgson and Gaz Denman return to the starting line-up as George Roberts and Andrew Foster move to the bench. A debutant last weekend, Thom Smith takes the #8 shirt to allow for John Kelly’s move to lock where he will partner recent signing Ben Murphy. 

Jack Davies returns to the team as he starts at blindside flanker, with Sam Graham as captain rounding out the pack. Gaz Denman (?), Danny Drake, Josh Peters and Sam Hudson bolster the forward replacement options, with a possible debut in store for Kai Owen – the loosehead having arrived on loan from Worcester Warriors.

The backline hosts a lone change as Fraser Strachan moves into the first XV following Joe Margetts’ HIA at Hartpury last weekend. On the bench, newly signed scrum half Lloyd Wheeldon could make his debut and Harry Davey could feature for the first time since the Knights’ victory at Ampthill.

Kick off is at 14:30 and supporters are encouraged to arrive early to donate to our Christmas tree as we have partnered with the Bluebell Children’s Hospice and their Twinkle Campaign this Christmas.

Starting XV | 15 Billy McBryde; 14 Jack Spittle, 13 Mark Best, 12 Fraser Strachan, 11 Maliq Holden; 10 Sam Olver, 9 Alex Dolly; 1 Conor Davidson, 2 George Edgson, 3 Gaz Denman, 4 John Kelly, 5 Ben Murphy, 6 Jack Davies, 7 Sam Graham (c), 8 Thom Smith.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Danny Drake, 20 Sam Hudson, 21 Lloyd Wheeldon, 22 Harry Davey, 23 Josh Peters.

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