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  1. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the game against Hunslet at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend. Hakim Miloudi is included in place of full back Connor Wynne, who suffered an ankle injury in the opening day victory at Newcastle. Hull FC duo Brad Fash and Danny Washbrook are also named. Captain Ryan Boyle is named in the squad and is in line to make his 250th career appearance. See the full squad below: Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Matty Chrimes, Kieran Cross, Ryan Dixon, Sam Doherty, Brandon Douglas, Brad Fash (D/R), Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Kyle Kesik, Hakim Miloudi (D/R), Callum Ogden, Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Danny Washbrook (D/R), Liam Welham. Tickets for the game against Hunslet are available from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  2. Richard Horne says the Dons players are in a confident mood ahead of the game against Hunslet this weekend. The Dons head into their first home game of the new season on the back of last weekend’s 32-26 victory at Newcastle Thunder. He said: “The lads have been in good spirits this week and the win has given them that belief that they can hurt teams. “We’ve got a good team spirit down here and they’re willing to work hard and put their bodies on the line for the cause. “Execution and timing isn’t always bang on at this time of year so you need to have that commitment in defence.” The game against Hunslet sees the Dons go up against another of the early season favourites for the division, and Horne is expecting a tough test. He added: “Hunslet are a big physical team and we’ve got a job on controlling them, Richard Moore has been a good signing for them and will offer a lot in that middle unit. “It’s going to be a tough game but it’s our first home game of the season so we’re all really looking forward to that. “It’s still early days and you have to play everyone twice, we want to make a good start with a few wins in a row.” Tickets for the game against Hunslet are available from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  3. Carol Green has been appointed as the Dons’ Supporter Liason Officer for the 2019 season. Carol will take on the role from former SLO Barry Brown, and is looking forward to getting started. She said: “I’m really pleased to take on such an important role at the club, and ensuring matchdays can run as smoothly as possible. “I am passionate about the Dons and the sport of rugby league, and I am hoping this year can be a really good one for the club.” View the full article
  4. An afternoon of family fun is guaranteed as Doncaster RLFC take on Hunslet RLFC in the first home fixture of the new season at Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday February 24, kick-off 3pm. Youngsters will be able to take part in rugby skills games, meet the players , have faces painted and interact with the critters and creatures from White Post Farm who will be visiting the concourse before the match with their animal roadshow. The Dons take on Gary Thornton's side having beaten Newcastle Thunder 32-26 in their opening Betfred League game last weekend.Tickets for the game are available in advance at a reduced price of £12 Adult, £10 OAP/ Young Person 17-21 and £1 for 5 to 16 years rising on the day to £15 Adult, £11 OAP/ Young Person 17-21 yrs and £1 for 5 to 16 years. Buy now from the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576, in person or online at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  5. Doncaster RLFC will be producing a new matchday information sheet for the 2019 season, which will replace the programme. In line with a host of Betfred Super League clubs and the supporters board, the Dons will now produce a double sided A4 information sheet which will include Richard Horne’s thoughts on the game, four key players from the opposition and a full squad list from both sides. On sale for 50p, the first issue of the all-new matchday information sheet will be on sale around the ground and inside the stadium. Tikcets for the Dons' opening home match of the season are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576, or via tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. Fans are reminded to purchase their tickets early to make the most of the early bird saving. View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons sign Jordan Cox

    The Dons have completed the signing of experienced former Super League forward Jordan Cox until the end of 2019. The 26-year-old stands at 6ft 4’, and has featured for Hull Kingston Rovers and Warrington Wolves at the top level. Head coach Richard Horne said: “Jordan will add some real size and power to our pack, and also brings with him a lot of experience of playing at a higher level. “He’s kept himself fit over the course of pre-season so he’s able to come into the group and make an immediate impact. “I’d like to welcome Jordan to the club and I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to seeing him in action.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Challenge Cup date confirmed

    The Dons’ Coral Challenge Cup third round tie against Coventry Bears will take place on Friday March 8, kick-off 7:45pm. The game at the Keepmoat Stadium will see Richard Horne’s side do battle with their League One rivals for a place in the fourth round of the competition. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult - £15 Concession 60+ - £11 Children 5-16 - £1 Children U5 - Free View the full article
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    HIGHLIGHTS | Newcastle 26 Dons 32

    The Dons produced a brilliant second-half comeback to get their Betfred League One campaign off to a winning start at Newcastle Thunder. View the full article
  9. Jordie Hedges believes the Dons can take great belief from their opening day victory over Newcastle Thunder in Betfred League One. Richard Horne’s side won 32-26 at Kingston Park, and Hedges says the squad gave everything throughout the 80 minutes. He said: “It was a massive win, we came here as underdogs so to come here and turn them over is a good achievement for us. “We spoke about the wind affecting things and how we could use it to our benefit, we started early in the second-half and got some quick tries. “We weren’t great in the first half but we came in at half-time and spoke about a few things that we could change tactically.” Hedges filled in in several positions during the game at Kingston Park, and says he his happy to play anywhere as long as it benefits the team. He added: “It says a lot about the team that we had that spirit when we were down on numbers, we were out there to fight for each other. “We were down to 11 men at the end and the boys dug in, it all goes back to the army camp where we bonded really well. “I’ve said before that I’ll play wherever I’m needed and I managed to get over the line while filling in at left side back row so I’m happy with that.” The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Hunslet this weekend. You can purchase tickets now from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  10. Jordie Hedges believes the Dons can take great belief from their opening day victory over Newcastle Thunder in Betfred League One. Richard Horne’s side won 32-26 at Kingston Park, and Hedges says the squad gave everything throughout the 80 minutes. He said: “It was a massive win, we came here as underdogs so to come here and turn them over is a good achievement for us. “We spoke about the wind affecting things and how we could use it to our benefit, we started early in the second-half and got some quick tries. “We weren’t great in the first half but we came in at half-time and spoke about a few things that we could change tactically.” Hedges filled in in several positions during the game at Kingston Park, and says he his happy to play anywhere as long as it benefits the team. He added: “It says a lot about the team that we had that spirit when we were down on numbers, we were out there to fight for each other. “We were down to 11 men at the end and the boys dug in, it all goes back to the army camp where we bonded really well. “I’ve said before that I’ll play wherever I’m needed and I managed to get over the line while filling in at left side back row so I’m happy with that.” The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Hunslet this weekend. You can purchase tickets now from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  11. Richard Horne was pleased with his side’s reaction after they produced a stunning comeback to beat Newcastle Thunder 32-26. 28 second-half points saw the Dons earn their first two points of the season after finding themselves 22-4 down at Kingston Park. He said: “It was a crazy game, we didn’t play with any shape in the first-half and made it pretty easy for them to defend. “Our kicks weren’t getting us far enough down field and they had a lot of sets, we flipped that after the break which gave us a chance to win the game. “We knew we had to shape up better if we were to have a chance, once we got a couple of early tries the belief and momentum came with it.” The Dons saw out some late Thunder pressure to secure the win, and Horne was proud of their determination to give everything for the cause. He added: “We’ve spoken about working hard for each other, and making sure you know the man on the inside has got your back if you do make an error. “They showed that in abundance in the second-half, we’re happy with the result and we still have things to work on. “Looking at their first-half performance you can see why people fancy them, but we executed well and scored some nice tries.” The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Hunslet this weekend. You can purchase tickets now from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  12. Richard Horne was pleased with his side’s reaction after they produced a stunning comeback to beat Newcastle Thunder 32-26. 28 second-half points saw the Dons earn their first two points of the season after finding themselves 22-4 down at Kingston Park. He said: “It was a crazy game, we didn’t play with any shape in the first-half and made it pretty easy for them to defend. “Our kicks weren’t getting us far enough down field and they had a lot of sets, we flipped that after the break which gave us a chance to win the game. “We knew we had to shape up better if we were to have a chance, once we got a couple of early tries the belief and momentum came with it.” The Dons saw out some late Thunder pressure to secure the win, and Horne was proud of their determination to give everything for the cause. He added: “We’ve spoken about working hard for each other, and making sure you know the man on the inside has got your back if you do make an error. “They showed that in abundance in the second-half, we’re happy with the result and we still have things to work on. “Looking at their first-half performance you can see why people fancy them, but we executed well and scored some nice tries.” The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Hunslet this weekend. You can purchase tickets now from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    REPORT | Newcastle 26 Dons 32

    The Dons produced a brilliant second-half comeback to get their Betfred League One campaign off to a winning start at Newcastle Thunder. The home side had much of the early pressure, and made the most of it with five minutes gone, as Alex Clegg had the strength out wide to force his way over. Full back Connor Wynne almost marked his Dons debut with a try as he broke down field, before his kick inside was dealt with well by Lewis Young. That sparked the visitors into life and they had their first try when stand off Jordan Howden dabbed a great kick through for centre Connor Bower who was the quickest to react and get his side on the board. Thunder were next to strike in an entertaining game at Kingston Park, as Remy Marginet found the experienced Misi Taulapapa down the right and the former Featherstone centre made no mistake with his finish. They were in again when prop forward Alex Rowe made a strong run down the middle of the field, and with the defence scrambling, Young gathered the ball and evaded two defenders to score. There was still time for a fourth Thunder try before the break, as Marginet skipped along the line before finding winger Mo Agoro in space to score in the corner. The Dons came out for the second-half looking to find a way back into the game, and had a try within two minutes of the restart as Kyle Kesik put Jordie Hedges through a gap in the line to score. They had another try back 10 minutes later when Hedges looked to be going nowhere before getting a brilliant offload away to Jason Tali who powered his way over against his former club. Winger Matty Chrimes made it a debut to remember just before the hour-mark, as he got on the end of a floated ball out wide from Matty Beharrell, and weaved his way over the try-line. Richard Horne’s side went in front for the first time when after a 40/20 from Beharrell, his half-back partner Howden cruised over the line on the first tackle of the next set. The Dons sealed the win with five minutes remaining, as some quick hands from Danny Langtree saw Sam Doherty race free down the right and supply the pass inside to Kesik, who rolled over the line after an ankle tap. Newcastle pulled a try back late on as Clegg showed good pace down the left to reduce the deficit, but the Dons had done enough to secure a crucial two points. View the full article
  14. Ryan Boyle says the game against Newcastle Thunder is a good one to kick-off the Betfred League One season. The Dons will get their season underway at Kingston Park on Saturday, and the captain is keen for them to get off to a good start. He said: “It’s going to be a tough game and we’re looking forward to that, we’ve got a few things to put right from pre-season. “The army camp helped us and got us got us together, we’ve been training since the end of November and the season can’t come quick enough. “Super League and Championship have started their seasons over the past couple of weeks which gets you more excited for it.” View the full article
  15. Richard Horne says his players are ready to go ahead of the Betfred League One season opener at Newcastle Thunder on Saturday. After a third placed finish last season, Horne wants them to make a fast start to the new campaign. He said: “It’s a really tough start to the season but one that we’re looking forward to, we’re preparing well and looking like we are where we need to be. “Timings and things like that might not be perfect in the first game, but we need to make sure we are smart when we have the ball. “They’ve brought some good players in and likes of Misi Taulapapa will do well, but if we can play the way we did at the back end of last year then we can go there and win the game.” After a few weeks to prepare following their final pre-season game, the head coach believes sticking to the game-plan will be key. He added: “The boys are in good spirits and they’ve trained well all week, they need to follow the game-plan which we believe is the right one. “It’s important that we complete our sets in the conditions, the ball will be greasy and that’s when we need to be cautious of handling errors. “There has been a lot of ball work this week and the boys are happy with that, they’re looking strong and fit so it’s just about getting the job done now.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Rule changes for 2019

    The RFL has introduced several rule changes for the 2019 campaign, which can be found below: The key points to bear in mind for time-related changes (1-4) are that whereas in Super League there are visible countdown clocks, at Championship level these timings will be monitored by the timekeeper in the stand; and at League One level, it will be the referee on the pitch. (as explained in capital letters in the copy) SUMMARY 1. Where play is restarted by a SCRUM, both teams must be properly bound and packed within 35 seconds from the time the Referee has verbally indicated that the shot-clock has started. If it is not, the referee will penalise the offending team (full details in FAQs in the appendix) 2. Where a team is required to recommence play with a goal-line or 20 metre DROP-OUT, they must do so within 30 seconds from the time the Referee has ruled the goal line or 20 metre drop-out and verbally indicated that the shot-clock has started. If they do not, the referee will penalise the offending team (full details in FAQs in the appendix) 3. Referees should call ‘time off’ one minute and 20 seconds (this will be prompted by the Timekeeper) after a try has been awarded or a penalty has been awarded and the team opt to KICK FOR GOAL. Failure to do so will not lead to a penalty – the aim is not to add pressure to goalkickers to such an extent that their skill is undermined. But timings will be monitored on a weekly basis, and regular transgressors will be penalised through warnings and fines. (full details in FAQs in the appendix) 4. The Last Five Minutes – the clock will be stopped after conversion attempts (successful or failed), tries where a team opts not to attempt the conversion, and after successful penalties or drop goals, or unsuccessful penalties or drop goals if the ball has gone dead. It will also be stopped 80 seconds after a try has been scored, whether or not the conversion has been attempted. NB – IN THE BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP, THESE TIMINGS WILL BE MONITORED AND ENFORCED BY THE TIMEKEEPER IN THE STAND, LIAISING WITH THE REFEREE ON THE FIELD. THERE WILL BE NO VISIBLE COUNTDOWN CLOCKS AT CHAMPIONSHIP OR LEAGUE ONE MATCHES. IN BETFRED LEAGUE ONE, THEY WILL BE MONITORED AND ENFORCED BY THE REFEREE ON THE FIELD. 5. Each team shall be allowed to make EIGHT INTERCHANGES from the four replacements that are named on the official team sheet. 6. Free play will be removed and will revert to regular advantage. (The Referee is the sole judge of what constitutes an advantage be it tactical or territorial) 7. Golden Point – IN KNOCKOUT MATCHES ONLY (Play-Offs, Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup), extra-time will be played in five minute periods until either team scores – the first point or points scored will win the match. (Golden Point extra-time will not be played in regular season matches in the Betfred Championship or League One – matches which are level at full-time will be drawn, with each team taking one competition point) FULL DETAILS, FAQs here - https://www.rugby-league.com/superleague/new_beginnings View the full article
  17. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the Betfred League One season opener on Saturday. New signings Brad Foster, Brandon Douglas, Ryan Dixon and Matty Chrimes are in line to make their competitive debuts, while Hull FC duo Connor Wynne and Danny Langtree are also included. See the full squad below: Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Matty Chrimes, Kieran Cross, Ryan Dixon, Sam Doherty, Brandon Douglas, Brad Foster, Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Kyle Kesik, Danny Langtree (D/R), Richard Owen, Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Liam Welham, Connor Wynne (D/R). View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons sign Callum Ogden

    The Dons have signed hooker Callum Ogden on a deal until the end of the 2019 campaign. Ogden has impressed during a trial spell with the club and will add more competition to the squad. Head coach Richard Horne said: “Callum has come in and worked really hard, we like him and feel he can add to what we’ve got. “We’ve managed to add a couple of bodies over the past few weeks and feel we have a squad ready for the season to start.” View the full article
  19. The proud title sponsors of Super League, Championship and League One are passionate behind the RL clubs throughout the land – but we know it is you that makes this sport great! And that’s why we want you to be recognised in this unique competition to find the greatest, most interesting Rugby League fan nationwide. Have you been a fan for 50 years? Have you any secret about the players you want to share? Have you never missed a match? What have you done to beat the odds to get to see your heroes in action? We are giving away a total of £20,000 cash to extraordinary fans with extraordinary stories – with 10 winners each being awarded £1,000 across the season, and the ultimate super fan getting a whopping extra £10,000! It couldn’t be simpler to enter either – just head on over to betfred.com/superfan and fill out a form for yourself, or nominate someone you know that fits the bill! Betfred boss Fred Done said: “We want the best, the most passionate, the wackiest supporter to come forward. We need you to help us make this competition a winner. “As well as the big money prizes on offer, we’ll be treating the winners to one or two surprises…so watch this space.” View the full article
  20. Doncaster RLFC fans can watch selected matches throughout the 2019 Betfred League One season via the Our League app. The Dons’ opening fixture of 2019 will be streamed live on the Our League app as Newcastle Thunder play host to Richard Horne’s side, Saturday February 16, and supporters can see their side in action streamed live. Available on the App and Google Play stores, the Our League app will stream selected Dons games in 2019 and will provide supporters with exclusive content from the Betfred Super League, Championship and League One as well as England RL. Supporters are urged to state the Dons are their preferred club when signing up, for more information click here. To download the app on Apple devices click here, or if you are an Android user click here to download and sign up now ahead of the 2019 Dons season. View the full article
  21. The Dons will face fellow Betfred League One side Coventry Bears in the Challenge Cup third round. The game will be played over the weekend of March 9-10. Dons 2019 season tickets are still on sale, and can be purchased from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  22. The Dons will be ball No.4 in Monday’s Challenge Cup third round draw. All Betfred League One teams will enter the competition at the third round stage, with amateur sides Featherstone Lions and Lock Lane also potential opponents for Richard Horne’s men. The draw will take place live on the BBC Sport website from 6pm. Draw numbers in full: Coventry Bears Dewsbury Moor Distington Doncaster Featherstone Lions Haydock Hunslet Keighley Cougars Lock Lane London Skolars Newcastle Thunder North Wales Crusaders Oldham Rochdale Mayfield Siddal Thatto Heath Crusaders West Bowling West Hull West Wales Raiders Whitehaven Wigan St Judes Wigan St Pats Workington Town York Acorn View the full article
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    NEWS | 2019 squad numbers confirmed

    The Dons have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2019 Betfred League One campaign. New signings Brandon Douglas and Brad Foster have been handed 17 and 22 respectively, while fellow additions Matty Chrimes and Ryan Dixon are allocated 19 and 21. Richard Owen has moved to No.2, while centre Connor Bower has switched from 19 to three. After signing midway through last season, Matty Beharrell and Frankie Mariano have taken up numbers seven and 12. See the full list of squad numbers below: 2. Richard Owen 3. Connor Bower 4. Jason Tali 5. Sam Doherty 6. Jordan Howden 7. Matty Beharrell 8. Russ Spiers 9. Kyle Kesik 10. Ryan Boyle 11. Brad England 12. Frankie Mariano 13. Jordie Hedges 14. Connor Scott 15. Kieran Cross 16. Brandan Wilkinson 17. Brandon Douglas 18. Liam Welham 19. Matty Chrimes 21. Ryan Dixon 22. Brad Foster View the full article
  24. Doncaster has been successful in its bid to host three fixtures at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and bring top class international rugby league to South Yorkshire. Following an intensive yearlong Back the Bid campaign to secure the fixtures, Doncaster will be one of the venues selected following a highly competitive bidding process. Councillor for Public Health, Leisure and Culture Nigel Ball said: “This is a fantastic achievement to bring a global event right here to Doncaster. “An enormous amount of work has gone in to securing the bid and it’s fantastic that the ‘Back the Bid’ campaign has been successful. We’re delighted to have been chosen and now the preparations begin as we get ready to welcome international quality sports people and thousands of spectators. “The public are going to see a tough, fast-paced sport at close quarters and I’m confident this will fire the imaginations of local youngsters in to taking up the game.” Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, Jon Dutton paid special praise to Doncaster’s application, explaining what made it successful. He said: “Doncaster put together one of the most engaging ‘Back the Bid’ campaigns of anywhere in the country. It was great to see such a fantastic bid get a fittingly impressive and dynamic campaign behind it. “Doncaster narrowly missed out on being part of the 2013 tournament, so it is pleasing that their hard work and endeavour presents them with not only three men’s games but also the opportunity to engage in our InspirationALL legacy programme in a deep and meaningful way.” The tournament itself is anticipated to be the biggest and best world cup ever and commences in October 2021. The four week event promises to bring global rugby league superstars to these shores with English icons such as Sam Tomkins, the Burgess brothers - Tom and George - and Yorkshire-born John Bateman all expected to feature. Reigning World Cup holders Australia will likely call upon the likes of Valentine Holmes, Luke Keary and Latrell Mitchell to help defend their title while Shaun Johnson, Kodi Nikorima and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak should feature for a strong New Zealand outfit. Pacific heavyweights Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have qualified, as have emerging nations Lebanon, Papua New Guinea and Jamaica. Carl Hall, chief executive of Doncaster Rugby League Club, who led the bid on behalf of Club Doncaster, said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with and can’t wait to start the planning the next stages. Special thanks need to go to the whole bid team involved in this campaign involving Doncaster Council, Visit Doncaster, Business Doncaster and Club Doncaster. It has been a fantastic year of hard work and partnership working that has resulted in this amazing success.” Carl was also announced as the vice-president of the Rugby Football League with effect from July 2019 which ensures Doncaster is kept on the sporting radar. For more information please go to www.rlwc2021.com View the full article
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    NEWS | 2019 squad numbers confirmed

    The Dons have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2019 Betfred League One campaign. New signings Brandon Douglas and Brad Foster have been handed 17 and 22 respectively, while fellow additions Matty Chrimes and Ryan Boyle are allocated 19 and 21. Richard Owen has moved to No.2, while centre Connor Bower has switched from 19 to three. After signing midway through last season, Matty Beharrell and Frankie Mariano have taken up numbers seven and 12. See the full list of squad numbers below: 2. Richard Owen 3. Connor Bower 4. Jason Tali 5. Sam Doherty 6. Jordan Howden 7. Matty Beharrell 8. Russ Spiers 9. Kyle Kesik 10. Ryan Boyle 11. Brad England 12. Frankie Mariano 13. Jordie Hedges 14. Connor Scott 15. Kieran Cross 16. Brandan Wilkinson 17. Brandon Douglas 18. Liam Welham 19. Matty Chrimes 21. Ryan Dixon 22. Brad Foster View the full article