CHAMPIONSHIP strugglers Doncaster Knights have appointed Clive Griffiths as Director of Professional Rugby.
Griffiths previously held the Director of Rugby post at Castle Park in their most successful season, leading them to third position in National One 2006/07. He left them to become the No 2 at Premiership Worcester.
The 58-year-old Welshman is a former Wales international rugby league and rugby union player and is currently working as defence coach of the Canadian National team, who take on the Maori All Blacks this week at Oxford.
The Knights coaching set-up will remain in place with Director of Rugby, Brett Davey, head coach Glen Kenworthy, fitness coach Dougie Flockhart and skills coach Tom Luke all working under Griffiths.
Griffiths has left his consultancy post at Sedgley Park, RFC, but will remain coach of North Wales Crusaders rugby league club on a part-time basis, to take over the full-time reins in South Yorkshire.
Full-back Griffiths played club rugby union for Llanelli, before a successful playing rugby league for St Helens.
Griffiths was part of Wales National set-up from 2001 and remained a part of the coaching team through the 2003 Rugby World Cup and five Six Nations campaigns, including the 2005 RBS Six Nations Grand Slam where he was credited for his part in tightening Wales’ defensive line.
Speaking of his appointment, Griffiths said: “I am delighted to be back at Doncaster. I enjoyed my last tenure here before it was cut short too early.
“Everything I love about the club is still here and the future is still very bright. I am looking forward to building on the foundations of what the current management have put in place which looks very exciting.
“Our main focus as a club is to get Knights on the rise up the table.”