DONCASTER Knights have named a strong side for Sunday’s crucial Championship clash against Nottingham at Meadow Lane, writes Steve Hossack.
With new boss Clive Griffiths spending much of the week coaching the Canadian national team who play the Maori All Blacks at Oxford today, the side has been named by the existeing coaching set-up with the Welshman overseeing a number of small tweaks to the set-up as Knights aim to get their campaign back on track.
They travel to Meadow Lane hoping to repeat last month’s victory over the Green and Whites in the B&I Cup, but have been forced into a few changes through injury and suspension.
With centre Will Simpson suspended, Knights give a debut to dual-registered centre Andy Symons, who has joined the Castle Park side on a temporary basis from Leicester Tigers.
The 21-year-old was recommended to Tigers by former player Aaron Mauger after playing in New Zealand, making his debut in a cup game at Scarlets and has gone on to add three more appearances to his Tigers CV.
Dante Mama and Tom Davies both return to the Knights ranks after duty with the RFU Championship XV last weekend.
Davies returns to loose-head prop, whilst Mama slots in at his preferred full-back position.
With Tom Luke breaking his jaw in the club’s last game against Bedford, Jamie Lennard lines up at outside-half with Tom Barrett taking his place on the bench.
Louis Silver gets the nod over Chris Hallam at scrum-half after several weeks on the sidelines due to injury.
Heavyweight prop Tomas Francis keeps hold of his starting position, whilst flanker Jethro Rawling returns from suspension.
Doncaster Knights: Mama, Flockhart, Tincknell, Symons, Lewis, Lennard, Silver, Davies, Buckley, Francis, Challinor, Parsons, Kettle, Rawling, Planchant. Rep: Sowery, McGovern, Brown, Hoy, Boyde, Hallam, Barrett.