FOR the third season running Doncaster Knights lost their opening Championship game and the common denominator seems to be that each time it is with a much changed squad from the previous season.
Our coaches have all been studying the video of the game intently and they are confident that as the squad gell, and the newcomers get to grips with the pace of the Championship, they will again be a force to be reckoned with.
Earlier this week Director of Rugby Brett Davey and a number of our squad went to “Appy Feet” in the Frenchgate Centre as guests of the owner to sample their fish pedicure treatment.
Apparently the fish they use are original Garra Rufa which are also known as doctor fish, nibble fish or little dermatologist. I have not spoken to Brett or any of the lads since they went so it will be interesting to see what they make of it.
The Knights’ squad are anxious to do what they can to help local schools and businesses, so they hope that this is one of many appearances that they will be asked to undertake this season.
This weekend Knights are away to Cornish Pirates at the Mennaye Fields in Penzance. The match is being played on Sunday so the team will be setting off early on Saturday morning and travelling back after the game.
The Pirates are one of the league’s pre-season favourites so the result will be a good indication of whether or not we have improved since last Saturday.
A group of about 20 supporters will also the making the trip with a number of us making a long weekend of it by travelling down Friday morning and returning on Monday.
This year we are going to sample the delights of Falmouth.
With England opening their World Cup campaign at 9.30am (our time) against Argentina on Saturday and Wales against South Africa the next day we will have plenty of rugby to watch apart from our match on Sunday afternoon.
All World Cup games are going to be on ITV this time around which should make it easy for everyone to watch.
After this weekend, both of Knights next two games are at home, firstly against Moseley on September 17 and then London Scottish on the 24th. Both games kick off at 2.30pm.
Please come down and join us in the great family atmosphere at Castle Park.