Doncaster Knights '˜like the Leicester City of rugby union' - Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield has suggested Doncaster Knights are rugby union's equivalent to surprise Premier League contenders Leicester City.

Saturday, 13th February 2016, 5:00 am
Kevin Sinfield

Cross code star Sinfield is hoping to shake off a calf strain to play for Yorkshire Carnegie against the Knights at Castle Park today.

Both teams are on course to finish the season in the Championship play-off positions - but it is second-placed Doncaster who are surpassing people’s expectations.

Writing in his Yorkshire Post column, Sinfield said: “Clive Griffiths has done an outstanding job down at the Knights when you consider they only came back into the Championship last season and they are now genuine title contenders.

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“I think you only need to look at Leicester City in the Premier League to see what a team with a collective will and vision can achieve and we know we will face a tough challenge this Saturday.”

He added: “I am hoping I will be fit to be available for selection. I had a calf strain last week and the medical staff did not want to risk any further damage, we took the view it was better to miss a game than aggravate the injury and be out for a month.”

Declan Cusack has been named at fly half for Knights after completing the head injury return-to-play protocol, replacing Simon Humberstone. Ollie Stedman, however, misses out with a hamstring strain.