Doncaster Knights defy current situation to make additions to playing and coaching staff

Doncaster Knights have announced their first new signing for 2020/21, an addition to the coaching staff and a key contract extension – despite the current uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

By Paul Goodwin
Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 9:24 am
Joe Ford, right, has joined Doncaster Knights as backs coach.
Joe Ford, right, has joined Doncaster Knights as backs coach.

Knights’ players and staff are currently on furlough as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Championship clubs were already coming to terms with a significant funding cut by the RFU before the lockdown.

But that has not prevented the Castle Park club cracking on with preparations for next season.

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Australian utility back James Kane has signed a one-year deal having starred for Sydney University and most recently represented NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship.

The 24-year-old is English qualified having been born in Ascot.

Former Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks fly half Joe Ford has agreed a two-year deal to become the club’s new backs coach, replacing Francis Cummins.

Ford became player-head coach at troubled Yorkshire Carnegie last summer but departed in January to concentrate on business activities away from rugby.

Prop Robin Hislop has also agreed a two-year contract extension.

Incoming director of rugby Steve Boden said on Kane: “James is a fantastic signing for us, we’ve done plenty of research on him and, first and foremost, I’m confident we’re getting a good team man. His ability to make good decisions under pressure and read the game a step or two ahead is what brought James to our attention – he’s a very smart footballer.”