Doncaster Knights: Anthony Foley death ‘puts game into perspective’ – Griffiths

Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who died suddenly last week
Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who died suddenly last week
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Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths had been hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend in the B&I Cup against Munster A ahead of the club’s return to Championship rugby at London Welsh.

The sudden death of Munster’s 41-year-old head coach Anthony Foley saw the Irish club seek to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled Pool 2 clash at Castle Park.

Griffiths – who crossed paths with Foley on several occasions during his career – fully understood the request.

“When something like this happens to someone his age it puts a rugby game into perspective,” said Griffiths.

“Their first team will host Glasgow tomorrow, which will be hard on their players, but their A team would have had to travel over today and that’s the day of the funeral,” he said.

The postponement of the game will give Knights more time to recover their injured players.

Skipper Michael Hills, whose return to action was delayed by an injury during a gym session, is likely to play his first game of the season at London Welsh.

“He would have been 50-50 for this weekend but he’ll definitely be fit for the game at London Welsh,” said Griffiths.

“It will obviously take him a bit of time to get up to speed.

“He’s trained well since his hamstring injury healed but he’s obviously going to be short of match fitness.”

Second-rower Matt Challinor and scrum-half Michael Heaney are also set to return against Welsh.

Challinor, who was virtually an ever present last season, has missed recent games with a pectoral muscle injury

“He’s a steady Eddie and you always know what you are going to get from him,” said Griffiths.

“He leads and others follow.”