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Walton joins Oxford RL

Today, 12:13 AM

Doncaster RLFC can confirm that young forward Jack Walton has joined Oxford RL on loan. 

Walton joins initially for one-month, looking to gain regular first team action and continue his development with the Championship 1 side.

He will continue to train with Doncaster and head coach Gary Thornton will be keeping a close eye on him throughout his spell.

Walton has made three appearances in the Championship for Doncaster this season, with the last coming against Bradford Bulls at the beginning of June.

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PREVIEW: Batley Bulldogs v Doncaster RLFC

Today, 12:13 AM

Doncaster RLFC head to West Yorkshire on Sunday to take on relegation rivals Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium (3pm).

The Dons, who sit one place and eight points behind Batley are looking to close the gap at the bottom of the league with a first win on Sunday.

Matt Groat will miss out again as he serves his final match ban of his suspension.

Pasqualle Dunn departed the club through the week for personal reasons and Shaun Leaf was forced to retire following last weekend’s clash with Whitehaven due to a succession of head injuries.

Jack Walton has served his suspension, but on Friday agreed to join Oxford RL on loan.

Mike Kelly is in contention to return to Gary Thornton’s squad following an injury lay-off.

Batley come into the match with only one win from their last 13 games, a run of form which has seen them slip into the second relegation spot. 

Last weekend at Bradford Bulls, Batley went down 34-16 and in the previous week the Bulldogs suffered a 24-12 away defeat at Whitehaven.

In the previous counter back at the Keepmoat Stadium back in March, Batley fought back at the death to record a narrow 16-14 victory. 

Last time the sides met at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium Doncaster ran out 20-12 winners, thanks to a Nev Morrison try and a Scott Spaven brace back in March 2014 and head coach Gary Thornton will be hoping for a similar result to earn his first win in charge of the club.

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Foundation Friday- More success for Club Doncaster Education

Yesterday, 04:13 PM

The Club Doncaster Education Foundation have been delighted with recent survey results that highlight they remain one of the finest institutions in Yorkshire.

Since its formation back in 2008, the Club Doncaster Education Foundation has had continued success and expansion year on year and through the unique curriculum it offers is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to study in Doncaster. 

The Foundation is now outperforming its closest rivals as a place to study, providing students with both pathways to university and employment.

Keepmoat Stadium provides the perfect base for learners to reach their potential with its exceptional facilities the Club Doncaster Foundation has at their disposal.

The Foundation’s 2015 results show: 

-96% of learners would recommend us to a friend (+8% above the national average)

-100% of learners say the teaching on their course is good (+8% above the national average)

-98% of learners are happy with their course (+9% above the national average)

-97% say they are kept interested in their classes (+10% above the national average)

-100% say their teachers use different ways to help them learn (+11% above the national average)

-Over the series of 31 questions answered by all of our current cohort, the lowest grade we got was 92% agree


Speaking about the results Principal Jenna Scully said: “We are delighted with the recent results which show we are performing better in a variety of key study areas at a higher rate than the national average.

“Our football and rugby academies which run alongside our courses and academic timetable make the Club Doncaster Foundation a unique place to study and it is fantastic that participants are not only getting fine results, but are also enjoying the courses that we offer.

“We owe a great deal to our fantastic staff who have made our courses such a success and all of the students that have helped us reach where we are today.”

A limited number of places are available for students wanting to enrol in September 2015.  For more info on the Education Foundation visit www.drfc-education.co.uk. 

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In the dugout with Carl Hall 02/07/15

02 July 2015 - 03:50 PM

Doncaster RLFC chief executive Carl Hall spoke to the official website ahead of Sunday’s clash with Batley Bulldogs.

Hall spoke about last Sunday’s defeat to Whitehaven and also about the retirement of Shaun Leaf and the departure of Pasqualle Dunn.

He also spoke about his own personal commitment to the club.

You can see the full interview below: 

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Thornton: ''We are always chasing the game''

02 July 2015 - 11:20 AM

Doncaster RLFC head coach Gary Thornton spoke to the official website following Sunday’s defeat to Whitehaven. 

The Dons remain rooted to the foot of the table and lost further ground on their relegation rivals with Sunday’s defeat.

Thornton admitted his sides performance was not good enough. 

“We didn’t get out of the blocks at all in the first half and we looked like the away team, we looked like the team that had travelled four hours on a bus and been stuck in traffic rather than Whitehaven, I was really, really disappointed with the first half showing,” said Thornton.

“We started brightly and we needed to capitalise when we were in good field position and we didn’t.

“For Whitehaven to go the full length of the field to score put another nail in the coffin for us really and I don’t think we recovered from that.

“There was some really weak defence and some poor defensive efforts and there was poor attitude all around.

“We should be better at the basic skills, but we are always chasing the game and whenever you are chasing the game you are always going to make mistakes.

“We don’t ever get ourselves into a commanding position and take the game to teams because we are always chasing it.”

Shaun Leaf was forced to retire this week following a spear tackle from Whitehaven’s Jessie Joe Parker and Thornton believes he should have been shown a red card. 

“I feel for Shaun, I’m disappointed for him, it is not the way to end his career, but his health has got to be first priority.

“I think Jessie Joe Parker should have been sent off, he tipped him and put Shaun on his head and in any other game that would have been a sending off.”

“It’s sad for Shaun and I felt for him on Sunday.”

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