Fiery effort from rugby stars

Doncaster Knights players swapped the rugby field for the airfield as they took part in a team building day at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
Doncaster Knights players swapped the rugby field for the airfield as they took part in a team building day at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
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Smoking hot Doncaster Knights players were on fire as they teamed up with Robin Hood Airport’s fire service for a team building day.

The rugby stars put in fiery performances as they undertook a series of physically demanding, firefighting-related tasks including pulling fire trucks and operating the hoses.

Station Commander Dave Monk and Watch Commander Brian Mills from the Airport’s Red Watch ensured the bright sparks worked hard as they were put through their paces.

New Knights signing Michael Hills said: “We did a lot of group exercises in small teams that really got us working well together and integrated everyone very well.

“It was interesting to have a go at drills that the fire service actually does. Things like running hoses out and clipping them together, it was really challenging and there was a lot to remember.

“We finished with an endurance test – each team carried a 50kg dummy across certain distances using three different lifts. I didn’t check the results but I’m told my team won!”

The back-row man said he felt the players took a lot away from the session, which will hopefully set their next games alight.

He said: “There are lots of transferable skills between what we did today and rugby, particularly as far as team work goes and getting all the parts working as one.

“It’s nice to have a change of scenery and a bit of variety. The day was very well organised and I’d like to say a big thanks to the club for organising it as well as Dave and Brian for running the day.”

Tony Lonsdale, head of airfield and emergency operations at the Airport, said: “We are pleased the players enjoyed their team building day at the airport. The entire team at the station do a fantastic job and everyone really got behind this event.

“Red Watch worked really hard to ensure the team building event was a success and it was great that the Knights got a real insight into the important work they do.

“We wish the Doncaster Knights all the best for the forthe coming season and hopefully all their hard work at the airport will pay off on the pitch.”