A Knight’s Tale: Royce Burke-Flynn

Doncaster Knights' Royce Burke-Flynn.
Doncaster Knights' Royce Burke-Flynn.

It’s been a tough two weeks against Bristol and Nottingham - probably the worst two teams we could’ve drawn in the opening rounds of the play-offs.

We now face an uphill challenge to overturn this and gain promotion to the Premiership.

But if we can put in some good performances and gain a mid-table finish in the Championship it probably isn’t a bad outcome.

I have been left frustrated this season thus far by the limited chances I have had at Championship rugby, but I have no complaints as the standard of performance Alex Brown has been putting in have been first class.

Alex and I are both young tight-heads and still have a lot to learn; hopefully I can match his efforts in the play-offs and have a chance in the starting jersey.

We’ve had a good season but the play-offs bring a new challenge, almost like a World Cup.

There have been a few hiccups along the way, and the last four games of the regular season were very difficult in such a short space of time, but the belief remains strong among the squad.

I arrived at Castle Park via a two-year spell in Europe, firstly a season with Montauban in France and then a year with Livorno in Italy.

These experiences made me a better player but I struggled to settle and found great difficulties with the language.

Fortunately I had good friends at Doncaster before I joined, having grown up with Zack Farivarz who I now live with.

There’s a really good set of lads here and a large Irish contingent so I settled in very quickly.

I’m enjoying Doncaster life and I’d like to extend my stay.

I live down at Lakeside with Zack and Michael Keating which is a nice part of town, especially our apartment – although it tends to fall on my shoulders to keep it clean.

Hopefully we can clean up our act against London Welsh this weekend but we are under no illusions it is a tough game.