Doncaster Knights: Sodini joins Griffiths’ foreign legion

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Clive Griffiths has continued his worldwide recruitment policy by snapping up Argentinian born Italian prop forward Santiago Sodini.

Sodini, 31, arrived in South Yorkshire just after Christmas and hopes to be included in Knights’ squad for their trip to Worthing Raiders on Saturday.

He joins Argentine Bruno Bravo, Italian Roberto Santamaria and Australian Jacob Woodhouse in the Doncaster squad.

“I’m very excited about coming to play for Doncaster Knights,” said Sodini.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, a great challenge for me and I look forward to testing myself in the English game.

“Bruno has told me that there is great team spirit in the side and I am looking forward to joining up with the group as soon as possible.”

Sodini joins from Duendes Rugby Club in Rosario, Argentina, where he grew up playing the game.

He enjoyed a successful spell with premier Italian side Pertraca Padova, the former club of rugby superstars David Campese and the Bergamasco brothers, and also played for leading Sydney side Manly before returning to his hometown club.

Doncaster’s newest recruit is said to be a mobile and industrious prop, demonstrated by the fact that he played in the back row for the earlier part of his career.

His arrival also goes to show that Griffiths is not resting on his laurels as he attempts to steer Doncaster back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

National One leaders Knights went into the festive break with a three-point lead at the top of the table.