Rugby Union: Devlin's return boosts struggling Knights

DONCASTER Knights centre Paul Devlin, who doubles as the club's strength and conditioning coach, is in line to return to the side for the first time since early season in today's British & Irish Cup Pool D clash at Llandovery.

Fellow centre Andy Gates, also out for several months, could also come into consideration on his return to fitness if Knights boss Lynn Howells decides to shuffle his pack following what he described as an "unacceptable" display last weekend.

Devlin was a member of the Cornish Pirates side which lifted the inaugural trophy last season, and his return to fitness after a serious knee injury, will help boost a Knights side without a win in four games.

Knights, who were beaten by Pirates in the semi-final stage of last season's competition, got their 2010-11 campaign off to a losing start when being beaten by lowly Birmingham in a double-header last Sunday.

"We want to win every game we play and unfortunately last week was a bit of a setback for us.," said Devlin. "They played well on the day and the best team won.

"We want to get back on track ourselves but both our coaches (Howells and Brett Davy) are from Wales and we want to give them a victory in their homeland as well."

Devlin knows the Knights will have to play well to come away with the spoils from Llandovery.

"You always have tough games against the Welsh boys; they are always big, they are always strong and are fully committed," he said. "But we are looking forward to it."

The Principality Premiership club got off the mark in the B & I Cup at the second attempt with a 34-17 win against Rotherham at Clifton Lane last month. They had previously lost 28-18 against Pontypridd, who visit Castle Park next weekend.

They flew up to Ayr only for the match to be called off due to a frozen pitch.

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