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  1. Chief executive Carl Hall has paid tribute to Peter Goodchild after the former Dons player passed away earlier in November. Goodchild made 175 appearances for the club, scoring 57 tries, and Hall says he will be missed. He said: “The thoughts of everyone at the Dons are with Peter’s family, he was a great player for the club and gave great service to the Dons.” Peter’s funeral service will take place on Friday November 23 at 11am at Rawdon Crematorium with family flowers only. Donations in memory of Peter may be made to Motor Neuron Research and Wheatfields Hospice. A box will be available at the service. View the full article
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    NEWS | 1895 Cup confirmed

    The Dons will have another chance to get to Wembley next season as the RFL confirmed a new competition for Betfred Championship and League One clubs. The 1895 Cup will see teams from each divisions fight it out for a spot in a showpiece final on Challenge Cup final day on Saturday August 24 2019. Full details will be confirmed along with the release of the league fixtures for next season on Sunday November 25. View the full article
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    NEWS | Hull FC friendly confirmed

    The Dons will face Super League side Hull FC at the Keepmoat Stadium in a pre-season friendly on Sunday 6 January 2019. The game will kick-off at 3pm, and sees them go up against their dual-registration partners for the first time since 2017. Ticket prices for the game against Lee Radford’s side will be announced in due course. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Leeds friendly confirmed

    The Dons will face Super League side Leeds Rhinos at the Keepmoat Stadium in a pre-season on Sunday 13 January 2019. The game will kick-off at 3pm, and will be the first meeting between the two sides since a Challenge Cup tie in 2017. Ticket prices for the game against Dave Furner’s side will be announced in due course. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  5. England and New Zealand are both priced at evens with Sky Bet to win the third match of the international series at Elland Road on Sunday. Wayne Bennett's side have already secured a series win, and will look to complete a whitewash in-front of a sell-out crowd in West Yorkshire. Winger Tommy Makinson is in fine form having scored a hat-trick last time out, and he is priced at 10/1 to score the first try. For more great odds, visit http://bit.ly/2vy4hBh View the full article
  6. Sam Doherty went into the 2018 campaign looking to help the Dons towards a play-off push with some clinical finishing and hard work from the wing position. He got his first try of the season in the Challenge Cup victory at home to Myton Warriors, where his first-half effort contributed towards an 82-6 win at the Keepmoat Stadium. He continued his good early season form two weeks later, as he crossed for a try just after half-time as the Dons beat fellow play-off chasers Whitehaven. The winger made it three-in-three a week later as attention once again turned to the cup competition, as Doherty dived over to cap a 34-0 victory over Newcastle Thunder. Another score followed against the same opposition in Betfred League One, as Doherty helped the Dons turn the game around at Kingston Park to secure a 22-20 win in the North East. He turned from scorer to provider in the defeat against York City Knights, as he raced down the line and kicked the ball through for hooker Kieran Cross to touch down. The winger scored his fifth try of the season in the home defeat to Hunslet, before adding to his tally when Keighley Cougars visited the Keepmoat Stadium. Doherty’s early second-half try helped secure a 29-20 victory. Doherty was proving to be a real asset for Richard Horne’s side and scored in the record breaking 102-6 win over West Wales Raiders at LD Nutrition Stadium. He then scored the opening try in the victory over Oldham, before he put the seal on a 50-6 over Keighley at Cougar Park. The 24-year-old capped off an impressive season with a try in the Dons’ final away game of the season at North Wales Crusaders. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  7. Jason Tali proved to be an invaluable asset throughout the 2018 season showing his power and ruthless streak on the left edge. The Papua New Guinea international began the season with two tries in the opening day victory over Coventry Bears at the Keepmoat Stadium. He followed that up with four tries against amateur side Myton Warriors, as the Dons progressed through to the Challenge Cup fourth round. He then went four games without a try, before powering over for a score against North Wales Crusaders as the Dons won 28-20. Tali scored two tries in the victory over Hemel Stags, before crossing in the cup defeat against Betfred Championship side Featherstone Rovers. He continued his strong start to the season with another double against West Wales Raiders, and then a late consolation try in the trip to Oldham. The 31-year-old scored against Bradford before signing a new three-year deal with the club midway through July. The deal brought the best out of Tali, who scored in a game three days later away at Hunslet. A try against London Skolars followed, before he scored a brace of tries against his former side Newcastle Thunder at the Keepmoat Stadium. He secured the top try-scorer accolade with a smart finish against Keighley, before another double in the Dons’ final away game of the season against North Wales Crusaders. His final try of the season came in the Betfred League One play-off semi-final defeat to Workington Town, and with his future at the club secured, he could well be a big player once more in 2019. View the full article
  8. Connor Bower joined the Dons ahead of 2018 after leaving Super League side Hull FC. The centre made his debut in the league opener against Coventry, before scoring his first two tries in the second-half of the Challenge Cup third round victory over Myton Warriors. He was at the double two weeks later as he crossed twice in the league win against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium. Bower suffered a shoulder injury in the home win over Keighley Cougars in June, which ruled him out of action for more than two months. He returned to the starting line-up for the away trip to Coventry in August, which he marked with a try in each half as the Dons secured their fourth win in a row in Betfred League One. The 21-year-old featured off the interchange bench two weeks later in the win at Whitehaven. He replaced the injured Richard Owen and took full advantage has he glided in for a crucial score. Bower’s final appearance of the season came away at North Wales Crusaders in the penultimate game of the regular season, before a hand injury kept him out of both games against Workington Town. He finished the season with eight tries in all competitions, and will look to build on that in 2019 after penning a new deal with the club. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  9. Experienced former Castleford and Wakefield outside back Richard Owen joined the Dons at the start of the 2018 season. He settled straight into Richard Horne’s side and was instrumental as the Dons won their first five games in all competitions. Owen grabbed his first try for the club in the 34-0 win over Newcastle Thunder in the Challenge Cup fourth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium. The 28-year-old moved to the wing for the game against North Wales Crusaders, as the Dons got back to winning ways following a defeat at home to York City Knights a week earlier. His try midway through the second-half ensured the two points for the Dons as he got on the end of a swift move to touch down. Owen doubled his tally for the season when the Dons faced Hemel Stags at the Keepmoat Stadium, as he scored a try in both halves to contribute significantly to the 60-0 victory. He missed the next two games through injury but returned to the starting XIII for the away wins at London Skolars and West Wales Raiders, before back-to-back defeats against Hunslet and Oldham. The second-half of the season saw Owen move to the wing position on a more permanent basis. It paid off immediately as he scored a brace of tries away at York, but that proved to be in vein as the home side ran out 31-16 winners at Bootham Crescent. He went on to open the scoring in the record breaking 102-6 win over West Wales Raiders at the LD Nutrition Stadium in July. He scored his eighth try of the season as the Dons beat Coventry Bears 46-4 at the Butts Park Arena, in a game where he was used in the full-back position. He made it back-to-back try-scoring performances a week later, as he touched down the Dons’ second try in the win against London Skolars at the Keepmoat Stadium. Owen suffered a rib injury in the away win at Whitehaven, but returned to the starting line-up to score in wins over Keighley Cougars and North Wales Crusaders away from home. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  10. Connor Bower joined the Dons ahead of 2018 after leaving Super League side Hull FC. The centre made his debut in the league opener against Coventry, before scoring his first two tries in the second-half of the Challenge Cup third round victory over Myton Warriors. He was at the double two weeks later as he crossed twice in the league win against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium. Bower suffered a shoulder injury in the home win over Keighley Cougars in June, which ruled him out of action for more than two months. He returned to the starting line-up for the away trip to Coventry in August, which he marked with a try in each half as the Dons secured their fourth win in a row in Betfred League One. The 21-year-old featured off the interchange bench two weeks later in the win at Whitehaven. He replaced the injured Richard Owen and took full advantage has he glided in for a crucial score. Bower’s final appearance of the season came away at North Wales Crusaders in the penultimate game of the regular season, before a hand injury kept him out of both games against Workington Town. He finished the season with eight tries in all competitions, and will look to build on that in 2019 after penning a new deal with the club. View the full article
  11. Experienced former Castleford and Wakefield outside back Richard Owen joined the Dons at the start of the 2018 season. He settled straight into Richard Horne’s side and was instrumental as the Dons won their first five games in all competitions. Owen grabbed his first try for the club in the 34-0 win over Newcastle Thunder in the Challenge Cup fourth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium. The 28-year-old moved to the wing for the game against North Wales Crusaders, as the Dons got back to winning ways following a defeat at home to York City Knights a week earlier. His try midway through the second-half ensured the two points for the Dons as he got on the end of a swift move to touch down. Owen doubled his tally for the season when the Dons faced Hemel Stags at the Keepmoat Stadium, as he scored a try in both halves to contribute significantly to the 60-0 victory. He missed the next two games through injury but returned to the starting XIII for the away wins at London Skolars and West Wales Raiders, before back-to-back defeats against Hunslet and Oldham. The second-half of the season saw Owen move to the wing position on a more permanent basis. It paid off immediately as he scored a brace of tries away at York, but that proved to be in vein as the home side ran out 31-16 winners at Bootham Crescent. He went on to open the scoring in the record breaking 102-6 win over West Wales Raiders at the LD Nutrition Stadium in July. He scored his eighth try of the season as the Dons beat Coventry Bears 46-4 at the Butts Park Arena, in a game where he was used in the full-back position. He made it back-to-back try-scoring performances a week later, as he touched down the Dons’ second try in the win against London Skolars at the Keepmoat Stadium. Owen suffered a rib injury in the away win at Whitehaven, but returned to the starting line-up to score in wins over Keighley Cougars and North Wales Crusaders away from home. View the full article
  12. The experienced former Castleford and Wakefield outside back joined the Dons at the start of the 2018 season. He settled straight into Richard Horne’s side and was instrumental as the Dons won their first five games in all competitions. Owen grabbed his first try for the club in the 34-0 win over Newcastle Thunder in the Challenge Cup fourth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium. The 28-year-old moved to the wing for the game against North Wales Crusaders, as the Dons got back to winning ways following a defeat at home to York City Knights a week earlier. His try midway through the second-half ensured the two points for the Dons as he got on the end of a swift move to touch down. Owen doubled his tally for the season when the Dons faced Hemel Stags at the Keepmoat Stadium, as he scored a try in both halves to contribute significantly to the 60-0 victory. He missed the next two games through injury but returned to the starting XIII for the away wins at London Skolars and West Wales Raiders, before back-to-back defeats against Hunslet and Oldham. The second-half of the season saw Owen move to the wing position on a more permanent basis. It paid off immediately as he scored a brace of tries away at York, but that proved to be in vein as the home side ran out 31-16 winners at Bootham Crescent. He went on to open the scoring in the record breaking 102-6 win over West Wales Raiders at the LD Nutrition Stadium in July. He scored his eighth try of the season as the Dons beat Coventry Bears 46-4 at the Butts Park Arena, in a game where he was used in the full-back position. He made it back-to-back try-scoring performances a week later, as he touched down the Dons’ second try in the win against London Skolars at the Keepmoat Stadium. Owen suffered a rib injury in the away win at Whitehaven, but returned to the starting line-up to score in wins over Keighley Cougars and North Wales Crusaders away from home. View the full article
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    NEWS | Hall praises Horne

    Chief executive Carl Hall believes Richard Horne has created a strong culture during his first full season with the club. The head coach guided the Dons to a third placed finish in Betfred League One last season, and Hall says the club is in a good place. He said: “He has transformed the culture of the club and the playing style, he deserves credit for the job he has done. “Everything happens for a reason and we want to make sure that we improve in 2019 and put ourselves in a good position. “You can’t buy the togetherness that we’ve got now, we had something like it in 2012 and that eventually got us promoted.” With pre-season training just a few weeks away, Hall says the squad are all keen to get back and hit the ground running. He added: “The players have all been impressed with the plans set out for them by Calum Christopherson, and we’re having a coaches meeting to discuss everything ahead of pre-season. “We will talk about different things and it’s interesting for me to hear how passionate all the backroom staff are. “It’s important that the players have taken time to relax and get away on holiday, but I know everyone is looking forward to getting back in a month or so.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Wilkinson signs for 2019

    Forward Brandan Wilkinson has signed a new one-year deal with the Dons. The 21-year-old suffered a season ending knee injury midway through 2018, but is now working his way back to full fitness. He said: “I’m really pleased to have agreed to stay with the club, they have stuck by me after my injury and I want to repay that. “It was tough getting the injury when I did, I was really enjoying my rugby at the time and now I’m working hard to get back as soon as possible. “Seeing a lot of the boys agreeing to stay here was another reason I wanted to sign, we have a really good group with a lot of potential.” Dons 2019 season tickets are back on sale at a frozen price of £60 for adults, and can be purchased from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Welham agrees Dons stay

    Dons centre Liam Welham has agreed to remain at the club for the 2019 season. The 29-year-old is the club’s second longest serving player after arriving at the end of 2013, and his new deal will take him into his sixth season at the Keepmoat Stadium. Chief executive Carl Hall said: “Liam has been a loyal member of the squad since joining us in 2013, and is a good player to have in the dressing room. “We want to make sure we have the right characters capable of helping us in our quest for promotion next season, and Liam fits into that.” Dons 2019 season tickets are back on sale, they can be purchased from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Martin joins Dewsbury

    Charlie Martin has joined Betfred Championship side Dewsbury Rams after his contract with the Dons came to an end. The back-rower spend two seasons at the Keepmoat Stadium, and scored five tries in 20 appearances during the 2018 campaign. He said: “I’d like to thank the Dons for the past two years. It is a club that is building something great and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. “The lads, coaches and backroom staff have been fantastic and have helped me to develop as a player and as a person. “Good luck to the team for next season, I really hope you can go on and get that promotion.” Chief executive Carl Hall said: “We wish Charlie all the best for the future, we made him an offer but he wants to play at a higher level. “He deserves that chance to test himself in the Championship, as he’s given everything during his time with the Dons.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons sign Brad Foster

    The Dons have confirmed the signing of back-rower Brad Foster on a one-year deal. Foster returns to the Keepmoat Stadium for a second spell after spending time with Dewsbury Rams and Hunslet since leaving the Dons in 2016. He said: “It feels really good to be back, I’ve kept in touch with a lot of people over the past couple of years so it was an easy decision for me. “The move came about quite quickly, Carl Hall gave me a call and then we had a really good chat about the club. “I feel like I’m coming back as a better player than the one who left, I’m really looking forward to getting started in pre-season.” Dons 2019 season tickets are back on sale, they can be purchased from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Season tickets on sale

    Season tickets for the 2019 Doncaster RLFC season are on sale from Thursday October 18, with prices still frozen at £60 for adults. The price will be held until November 30 before rising to £90 from December 1. You will still be able to secure your ticket for a deposit of just £30, with the remainder due to be paid upon collection of your season ticket book. Preparations for the 2019 season are already underway following the recent signing of Super League prop Brandon Douglas from Castleford, alongside the contract renewals of Connor Scott, Jordie Hedges, Richard Owen, Sam Doherty, Jordan Howden, Russ Spiers, Frankie Mariano, Connor Bower, Kyle Kesik, Brad England and Kieran Cross together with the already contracted Ryan Boyle, Matty Beharrell and Jason Tali. Season tickets will be on sale from 9am Thursday October 16 from the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576, or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. Download and complete the season ticket application form here. View the full article
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    NEWS | Academy season underway

    Students have started back at Club Doncaster Sports College and with it the Doncaster Rugby League Academy have kicked off the new season in the AoC League. The summer saw the appointment of ex-Dons player Mitch Vincent as head coach and the Academy has started to flourish with more students becoming involved by the week. The 2018/19 season started with two very tough games against Archbishop of Sentamu and Wyke sixth form college, both from the rugby league hotbed of Hull. The Dons Academy came out of both games with huge credit, winning one game and suffering a narrow loss in the other. Head coach Vincent said: “The lads performed really well in both games and it’s great to have the Dons Academy buzzing. “I’m really enjoying helping the players develop and enjoy their rugby league.” Club Doncaster Sports College principal Adi Turnpenny said: “They represent Club Doncaster Sports College and Doncaster RLFC with immense pride. “The Dons Academy is great for our students to be part of alongside their studies and we are looking forward to seeing both the academy and the college continue to grow.” For more information about courses at Club Doncaster Sports College and the Dons Academy, visit the website: http://www.clubdoncastersportscollege.co.uk. View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons players staying active

    The Dons squad are keeping themselves active over the off-season with individual fitness programmes. Strength and conditioning coach Calum Christopherson has designed the programmes to match each player’s requirements, and believes that will allow them to hit the ground running when they return to training. He said: “As much as the off-season is there for rest and recovery we want to keep the boys ticking over throughout their time away from playing. “As soon as the season finished they were given a couple of weeks off to go away and spend time with their friends and families. “We put a lot of responsibility on them and we have created a very good culture at the club where everyone is keen to work hard and improve.” Calum has been with the club since replacing Rhys Lovegrove towards the end of the 2018 campaign, and has enjoyed being involved with the Dons so far. He added: “It’s been very easy to settle in, I’ve worked with Richard Horne before and he’s creating something here. “The people he has brought in are good people, it can be hard coming in as a strength and conditioning coach midway through the season but I’m enjoying it. “Ultimately these next few weeks will allow me to put my stamp on things and bring new ideas to the table as well.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Grand Final odds

    Wigan Warriors are 4/7 favourites to win the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford this weekend. Full-back Sam Tomkins is 12/1 to open the scoring for the Warriors, in what will be his final game for the club. The draw is available at 14/1, while Warrington are priced at 7/4 for the victory. Winger Tom Lineham can be found at 10/1 for the first try. Click the link for more great odds from Sky Bet. View the full article
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    NEWS | Howden agrees Dons stay

    Stand-off Jordan Howden has agreed a new deal with the Dons for the 2019 campaign. The 22-year-old played 21 times in all competitions this season, scoring seven tries in the process. He said: “I’m excited that we’ve got the deal over the line, it was always in my mind that I wanted to stay here. “All the lads have been a part of me progressing as a player and I want to be here to give something back in Kyle Kesik’s testimonial in 2019. “I’ve had plenty of game time and avoided injury which was my biggest aim, and now I want to push on and help the team challenge for promotion.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Pete Green's season review

    Pete Green says the Dons squad will use their time off wisely after the 2018 season came to an end. With several players already signed up for next season, Green believes they will all come back in good shape. He said: “Although the season didn’t end how we wanted it to, we can take positives from the fact that we had a genuine belief within the squad. “We slowly built across the year, the condition of the lads and the fitness levels improved which will give us a good chance in 2019. “The boys will go away and spend some time with their families, but they all have programs in place to make sure they come back in good condition.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Three players depart

    Three players have left the Dons following the end of the 2018 Betfred League One season. Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jack Miller and Jason Muranka have all departed the Keepmoat Stadium after their contracts with the club expired. Chief executive Carl Hall said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the players who are leaving us. “They all gave everything when they stepped onto the field in a Dons shirt, and we wish them all the best for the future.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons sign Brandon Douglas

    The Dons have confirmed the signing of prop forward Brandon Douglas on a one-year deal. The 21-year-old arrives after leaving Super League side Castleford Tigers, and spent the 2018 campaign on loan at Halifax. He said: “It’s a great feeling to have signed, we have some good facilities here and it was an easy decision to sign. “I met up with Carl Hall a couple of months back and he was the first man I spoke to, and he left a lasting impression. “I play in the middle and can play in the back-row as well, I see myself as an impact player and I’m looking for a big year in 2019." Head coach Richard Horne said: “Brandon is a young and exciting forward who has played at Championship and Super League level over the past couple of seasons. “For him to choose Doncaster as the next club for him over a couple of others shows our intent for the 2019 season. “He is an athletic middle who will add a lot to our team, and I’m looking forward to working with him.” View the full article