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  1. REACTION | Scott happy to get over

    Connor Scott was happy to get off the mark in 2018 with a try against London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium. Scott barged his way over to open the scoring in the 22-16 defeat to the Broncos, and says the try was a result of working hard throughout the off-season. He said: "It's always nice to score, i didn't get any tries last year so to get one in the first game of 2018 is good for me and my confidence going forward. "I wanted to get a pass away at first but saw a gap open up close to the line so fancied my chances of getting over and luckily enough i managed to do that. "We're all really pleased that we ran a Championship team so close, it was good to be back out there with the lads and put all the training we've done into action." The prop forward is looking to kick-on in Betfred League One this season, after a frustrating time of it in 2017. He added: "I'm in a good place after a tough year last year, it's a big year for me now and a chance to really kick on and enjoy my rugby in a team which has got a lot of potential. "Rich has really tested us since we came back early for pre-season, my fitness levels are up and i've worked really hard to make sure i'm ready for the first league game. "These pre-season games will help us massively because our aim is to get to the Championship, if we're competing with the likes of London and Batley then we're not far off." The Dons face Batley Bulldogs at the Club Doncaster Sports Village on Sunday January 28, get your tickets from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  2. Richard Horne felt the Dons gave a good account of themselves in the 22-16 defeat to London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium. Horne's side had the lead at half-time, but three second half tries gave the Broncos the victory in the Dons' first game of 2018. Horne said: I'm really happy with how we performed against a full time outfit, our first-half was outstanding and we looked really strong defensively. "It gives us something to work on for the Batley game, there were plenty of signs that what we've been asking of them over the past couple of months has been understood. "The conditions weren't great and half-time probably didnt help us, we didn't defend well after that, but we have to get used to playing the right sort of rugby in different weather conditions." The Dons face another Betfred Championship outfit in Batley Bulldogs next weekend, and Horne believes that will be another chance for the players to test themselves against strong opposition. He added: "We looked fit and strong so that is very pleasing, London and Batley are two top level Championship teams so if we can perform well and cause them problems then it's a positive for us. "The standard against Batley will be high, London played with some really quick line speed so it's good for our development to learn how to handle that." The Dons face Batley Bulldogs at the Club Doncaster Sports Village on Sunday January 28, get your tickets from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  3. REPORT | Dons 16-22 London Broncos

    Doncaster RLFC 16-22 London Broncos Sunday 21st January 2018 Keepmoat Stadium Pre-season friendly Attendance | 421 The Dons were narrowly beaten 22-16 in their opening pre-season game of 2018 by Betfred Championship side London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium. Ryan Boyle, Richard Owen, Liam Harris and Brandan Wilkinson made their first appearances for the club, while winger Jack Sanderson also made his debut. After a fairly even opening to the game, the Dons took the lead on 21 minutes. Prop forward Connor Scott took advantage of a gap in the London defence and powered his way over under pressure. Jack Miller added the conversion for 6-0. That sparked London into life and they hit back just four minutes later, Sadiq Adebiyi was given too much space close to the line and he took advantage by squeezing between two defenders to go over. Jarrod Sammut added the two to level the scores at 6-6. The Dons went back in front seven minutes before the interval, the ball was worked out to Sam Doherty on the left and the winger worked his way over the line in the corner giving the home side a 10-6 lead. HALF-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 10-6 London Broncos The Broncos had their second try of the game within a minute of the restart, as William Lovell took advantage of an Owen knock-on to go over. Sammut converted via the post to put London in front for the first time at 10-12. They extended that lead just six minutes later when Sammut got a try which his performance deserved, weaving his way into space before touching down under the sticks. The stand-off converted the simple conversion for 10-18. The game then became scrappy due to the slippery conditions at the Keepmoat Stadium, but that didn't stop London virtually wrapping the game up with 16 minutes to go. Prop forward Mark Ioane forced his way over the line for the visitors' fourth try of the afternoon. Richard Horne's side grabbed a late consolation try as centre Liam Welham was in the right place to pick up a London knock on and reach over the line with his Dons team-mates queing up to finish. Miller converted to reduce the deficit to 16-22. FULL-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 16-22 London Broncos DONS XIII | Owen, Doherty, Welham, Tali, Sanderson, Miller, Harris, Boyle, Kesik, Spiers, Muranka, Martin, Wilkinson. INTERCHANGE: Jones-Bishop, Hedges, Scott, Cross, Braham, Rawsthorne. DONS TRIES | Scott (21), Doherty (33), Welham. DONS GOALS | Miller (21, 77) LONDON BRONCOS XIII | Walker, Williams, Fleming, Channing, Dixon, Sammut, Pewhairangi, Spencer, Cunningham, Ioane, Pitts, Gee, Davis. INTERCHANGE: Ogden, Hellewell, Pearce Paul, Boafo, Battye, Davies, Bienek, Lovell, Harrison, Adebiyi, Meadows, Hindmarsh-Takyi. LONDON TRIES | Adebiyi (25), Lovell (41), Sammut (48), Ioane (64) LONDON GOALS | Sammut (25, 41, 49) View the full article
  4. Richard Horne wants his side to give the Dons fans something to shout about in 2018, ahead of the pre-season friendly with London Broncos this weekend. Horne is set for his first full season in charge of the club, and thinks the game against the Broncos will be a good marker for where his side are currently at. “It will be a really good challenge for us, they’re a top level Championship team and will be looking for a repeat of last season when they made the top four,” he said. “The game can be a big indicator of where we’re at as a group, our goal is to get to the Championship and doing well against London will be a good start. “Speaking to the coaching staff we’re keeping our options open, there are positions to play for in key areas for us so performances in these games will determine who gets the nod.” Horne is looking for signs that the work being done in training is paying off, with less than a month to go until the start of the League One season. “We’re focusing on the finer details of our play this weekend, looking for signs that the lads have listened to what we expect from them in certain parts of the game,” he added. “I think we struggled to find good field position last season so we need to be better at grinding teams down, territory is always going to be key and with the players we’ve brought in we’ll look to improve. “The fans have come out in numbers and bought season tickets, now it’s down to us to put on some good performances for them and put some points on the board.” Buy your tickets for the game against London Broncos now from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762 576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  5. During this week's edition, Carl Hall talks about the Dons' pre-season friendly against London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium, as well as discussing the club's new and existing sponsors for 2018. View the full article
  6. SQUAD | 22 named for London clash

    Richard Horne has named a 22-man squad for the Dons' opening pre-season fixture against London Broncos this weekend. Richard Owen, Liam Harris and Ryan Boyle are in line to make their home debuts, while Nick Rawsthorne and Jack Downs are also included as part of the dual-registration system between the Dons and Hull FC. See the full squad below: Ryan Boyle, Zac Braham, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Jack Downs (D/R), Brad England, Liam Harris, Jordie Hedges, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jack Miller, Jason Muranka, Ross Osborne, Richard Owen, Nick Rawsthorne (D/R), Jack Sanderson, Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Liam Welham, Brandan Wilkinson. London Broncos 27-man squad: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Matty Fleming, Michael Channing, Kieran Dixon, Jarrod Sammut, Api Pewhairangi, Tom Spencer, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Jay Pitts (C), Matt Gee, Matt Davis, Jacob Ogden, Ben Hellewell, Kameron Pearce-Paul, Gideon Boafa, Eddie Battye, Matthew Davies, Lewis Bienek, Will Lovell, Daniel Harrison, Sadiq Adebiyi, James Meadows, Daniel Hindmarsh, Robert Butler, Rhys Joel. You can purchase tickets for the game against London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  7. PREVIEW | England ready to go

    Brad England is raring to go in 2018 after working hard in the gym since the end of last season. The 23-year-old back-rower made 16 appearances in 2017, scoring three tries, and is looking for improvements all round this term. “Towards the end of last season my diet wasn’t as it should have been and I put quite a bit of weight on, I was up to about 100kg which isn’t a weight which suits my style of play,” he said. “In pre-season I’ve been doing extras and working hard to get down to a weight I feel comfortable at, I’ve lost 8kg which has made a massive difference. “92kg is my preferred weight and I feel a lot stronger and faster, I feel better when we’ve had little hit outs and I’m right up there with the best in terms of fitness in the squad.” England is aiming to impress Richard Horne, in what will be the head coach’s first full season in charge of the club. “It’s Richard’s first pre-season and I’m really happy with the way he wants me to play, I just have to keep impressing and improving to make sure I’m in the team,” he added. “The main thing has been to look at the technical side of things, our ruck speed is going to be key so we’re looking to be quicker with our plays. “We want to have a structure and style of play this year, we’ve got some talented lads in the squad and plenty of competition for places so everything is in place for a good season.” Tickets for the Dons pre-season fixtures against London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  8. VACANCY | Sales Leger

    Club Doncaster is the brand that connects Doncaster’s elite sports teams and manages the delivery of events at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. We are looking for people with the desire to support the key organisations who are a part of Club Doncaster, Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster Rugby League Club, and Club Doncaster Foundation. Based within the accounts department, the successful applicant will support aspects of Sales leger, and when needed support purchase leger and payroll functions. Applicants should be hard working and committed to delivering the highest quality shared service function, as a part of a small but friendly team. Applicants should be flexible in their approach to full time employment working, as the role may entail working on some Saturdays. The ideal candidates will have an interest and experience in ensuring that the sales accounts function is delivered to a high standard, ensuring that income is invoiced and collected in a swift and efficient way. All candidates should demonstrate previous experience delivering sales related account support, and able to work within a fast paced environment, whilst demonstrating high levels of attention to detail to process and deliver invoice and payment related work. Club Doncaster is also committed to ensuring to the highest standards of Safeguarding, we are an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them regardless of age or gender. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter to Kirsty Cavanagh HR Manager kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk Kirsty Cavanagh Keepmoat Stadium Stadium Way Doncaster DN4 5JW Closing Date January 26 2018 View the full article
  9. NEWS | Hall thanks club partners

    Dons chief executive Carl Hall has thanked the club’s partners for their continued support ahead of the 2018 campaign. DC Training, Carol Green Nutrition, Utilita, IFS Risk Solutions and Quest Solutions have all become new partners of the club this year. They join Centurion, New Image Contracts, Crown Hotel, Piper's Car Sales, Furniture Factors, Donasonic, FBT and Resin Bonded Surfacing, who continue to sponsor the Dons’ home and away kits for the upcoming season. Carl Hall said: “We are pleased to have the sponsors on board with us ahead of what we hope will be a successful season for the Dons both on and off the pitch. “We would like to welcome our new kit sponsors as well as thanking the ones that have stuck with us for the past few seasons, we are grateful for the backing they give us.” View the full article
  10. With the 2018 League One season fast approaching, Dons Season Ticket Plus Memberships are now on sale from the Club Doncaster Box Office. Fans purchasing the product can take advantage of some great deals including access to a matchday programme, half time draw ticket and car parking at all league home games. Part of the deal also includes a DNA Card, with which you can ensure considerable benefits that offers fans savings on Virgin Trains, One Call Insurance and FBT products. A limited edition Dons branded rugby ball and a Dons team poster is also available within the package, with the overall price just £99. Dons phase two season ticket prices are now in place, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  11. During this edition, Carl answers questions from the fans as well as paying tribute to Kato Ottio, who passed away this week. View the full article
  12. NEWS | Squad numbers confirmed

    The Dons 2018 squad numbers have been confirmed with several new signings being handed numbers between one and 13 for the new campaign. Liam Harris and Ryan Boyle have been given numbers seven and 10 respectively, while fellow recruit Richard Owen will wear the No.1 shirt. Brad England has been rewarded for his consistent displays in 2017 as he moves from 34 to 11, while Russ Spiers takes the No.8 shirt, after previously wearing 16. See the full squad list below: Richard Owen Aaron Jones-Bishop Liam Welham Jason Tali Sam Doherty Jordan Howden Liam Harris Russ Spiers Kyle Kesik Ryan Boyle Brad England Jason Muranka Jordie Hedges Connor Scott Kieran Cross Zac Braham Jack Miller Charlie Martin Connor Bower N/A Jez Litten Jordan Lane Ross Osborne Jack Sanderson N/A Brandan Wilkinson The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to face London Broncos in a pre-season friendly on Sunday January 21, buy your tickets now from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762 576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  13. VACANCY | Grounds person

    Club Doncaster, based at the Keepmoat Stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers FC and Doncaster Rugby League FC, are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and hardworking grounds person. Their role will be to help prepare and maintain the playing surfaces and landscaped areas at the stadium and training ground facility. Reporting directly to the head grounds person, the candidate should have keen attention to detail, and have previous experience in respect of undertaking this role within an elite sporting structure. We are looking for people with the desire to work within all areas of Club Doncaster who demonstrate integrity, compassion, pride and honesty and a desire to continuously improve themselves and those around them. Applicants should be hard working, committed and have a keen interest in growing the Club Doncaster reputation and brand. The RoleWe have an exciting opportunity for a grounds person to support an deliver the development of all areas of pitch and grounds maintenance. The role will be based at the Keepmoat Stadium. Successful applicants, should have demonstrable experience in the upkeep of elite landscapes, and it would be desirable to have undertaken formal based qualifications within landscape and pitch maintenance. The applicant will be required to support and work together with the small but hard working team to maintain excellence in our pitches around all sites. Skills required Be willing and capable of carrying out medium to heavy manual work tasks in all weather conditions. Enjoy working outdoors. Previous experience within a similar role Enjoy working in a team but also on you own initiative. Be able to work in a professional and responsible manner. Enjoy learning and developing within a horticulture environment Have excellent attention to detail. Personal qualities Punctual and have an excellent record of attendance. Willing to learn and committed to achieving high standards within their work. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter toHR manager Kirsty Cavanagh at kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk. Club Doncaster is an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them regardless of age or gender. Or write to: Kirsty CavanaghKeepmoat StadiumStadium WayDoncasterDN4 5JW The closing date for applications is Friday January 19 2018. View the full article
  14. The RFL have announced Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until the end of the 2019 season, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport. Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport, have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport. Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship. “The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength. The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports. Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.” View the full article
  15. The RFL have announced that Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until the end of the 2019 season, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport. Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport, have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport. Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship. “The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength. The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports. Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.” View the full article