Effects of fixture pile-up have hit Knights hard

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Doncaster Knights’ intense period of having to play four games in 10 days at the end of February is really starting to hit home now as player after player seems to be suffering with niggles and pains.

The RFU know our view about the crazy structure that they imposed upon us and which we said at the time was totally unfair to our players. Rugby union at Championship level is very physical and players need time to recover between games if they are to have any chance of going through games without injury.

On Saturday the Knights are away to London Welsh at Old Deer Park and, as always, a keen encounter is expected. Hopefully a couple of our injured players who had to sit out last weekend’s defeat at Nottingham will be fit to return.

Within the next week or so, next season’s Championship and British and Irish Cup structure will be formally announced although it has been widely trailed already. All we want now is for the RFU to find sponsors for both tournaments and we can start to move forward.

Sunday is a big day at Castle Park. In the morning our junior/mini section hold their annual festival with hundreds of youngsters playing. Each age group from Under 7s to Under 12s have their own tournament and it is a logistical nightmare. However the organisers do a wonderful job and it is an event I always enjoy attending. I will have a personal interest this year as one of my grandsons is a member of our Under 11s squad.

In the afternoon, Yorkshire Under 20s play Lancashire Under 20s in the Northern Division final (2.30). I shall be staying on to watch two of our young props Tom Francis and Adam Timanis who are in the Yorkshire side.

Lastly congratulations to Wales on winning the Grand Slam. I had a great day last Sunday watching the three games one after the other and my 101-year-old uncle and I, both being Welshmen, thoroughly enjoyed Wales triumph which we celebrated in traditional style.