Noone and Knights at Castle Park

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Doncaster Knights have added Irish back-rower Michael Noone to their 2011-12 Championship squad.

A player recognised as having huge potential within the Irish rugby community, Noone will link up with several fellow countrymen who have also committed to the Knights for next season.

As well as representing Blackrock College RFC, a club current Knights’ flanker Zack Farivarz also played for, the 22 year old was part of the Leinster A set-up, Leinster Academy and Ireland Schools.

A powerful runner with the ball with an eye for a try, Noone also represented Ireland at U19 and U20 level.

The 6ft 4in tall forward, who weighs in at over 17 stones, is equally at home in the back-row or wearing the No 8 shirt.

Said Knights’ boss Brett Davey: “Michael is a player that impressed me. His desire to sign for Doncaster was so strong it made the discussions a pleasure.

“He is part of that blueprint I want for the Knights next season - quick and efficient with real pride in wearing the shirt.

“It is also about the balance when you put him in the back-row with Andy Boyde, Chris Planchant, Zack Farivarz or Latu Makaafi. You have a group of players there who wear their hearts on their sleeve, all with their own individual talents.”