Knights land young Irish star Keating

From Leinster: Michael Keating
From Leinster: Michael Keating
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DONCASTER Knights have now announced the 14 players from last season’s match day squad who have re-signed and all our supporters are eagerly awaiting the names of the 13 new players that we are signing to complete our professional squad for next season.

The first is Michael Keating who is a winger signed from Heineken Cup finalists Leinster.

Michael is a 21 year old who comes with a good reputation who needs a good standard of regular rugby, which is what the Championship will give him, as his chances in Ireland are somewhat hampered by Irish internationals Shane Horgan and Luke Fitzgerald who are Leinster’s starting wingers.

Michael has played four times for Leinster as well as making 10 appearances for Leinster A in the last two seasons’ British and Irish Cup. .

At the end of last season, our ground looked in better condition than I have ever known, even more so considering all the snow and severe frosts we had last winter.

This is great credit to our groundsman Owen Evans and assistant Lee Blaggett, who are busy with the summer maintenance programme and I have every confidence that our pitches will be the envy of many in the Championship.

We had visits from the head groundsman at Twickenham and a representative from the Institute of Groundsman and both gave Owen great reports.

The present league structure has its critics so it was interesting to listen to the comments of Rob Baxter, the Exeter head coach, during Sunday’s Championship semi-finals coverage on Sky.

Rob’s Exeter side gained entry into the Premiership last season after beating Bristol in the two legged final and had has had a fairly successful debut season.

Rob said the intensity of their six play-off games, followed by the pressure of a single semi-final and the two legged final, had stood Exeter in very good stead for when they got into the Premiership.

Far more than cruising along at the top of the Championship would have done under the old system. Exactly our arguments in support of the present structure.