Doncaster Knights boss Davey shuffles his pack for Swansea cup clash

Royce Burke-Flynn in action against Plymouth Albion. Picture: Liz Mockler D1071LM
Royce Burke-Flynn in action against Plymouth Albion. Picture: Liz Mockler D1071LM

ROYCE Burke-Flynn and Michael Bateman have both been handed an opportunity to impress in Saturday’s cross-border British & Irish Cup tie at home to Swansea (2.30pm).

Burke-Flynn recently returned to Castle Park following a loan spell with Sheffield Tigers, while winger Bateman shone during a temporary stint at Hull Ionians.

Director of rugby Brett Davey said: “Royce has proven himself in recent weeks and there is strong competition between him and Alex Brown at tight-head now.

“Bateman’s loan was good for him,” he added.

“He scored a few tries for Hull Ionians and he’s more confident now.

“The game-time has made a difference for both of them.”

Davey, who this week has been frustrated in his attempts to add to his injury-hit squad, has made five changes to the side that won 25-20 at London Scottish on Saturday.

Victory this weekend would all-but seal Doncaster’s place in the last eight of the cup competition.

Davey said: “I’d love to give our captain Chris Hallam a rest, but we have no other scrum half.

“We emphasise impact from the bench and we have picked replacements who can change the game to give us a shot at reaching the knockout stages.

“We’ve got a few players starting to return in the next two to three weeks.

“I’ve always said that we need to keep our main group of players fit until the start of the play-offs – then we’ll be up there with the top sides.”

Knights v Swansea: Dougie Flockhart, Ben Toft, Oli Goss, Fred Burdon, Michael Bateman, David McIlwaine, Chris Hallam, Tom Davies, Jack Yeandle, Royce Burke-Flynn, Glen Kenworthy, Dominic Parsons, Andy Boyde,

David Bradford, Michael Noone. Replacements: Andy Brown, Steve Boden, Sam Cooke, Chris Planchant, Zack Farivarz, Latu Makaafi, Michael Keating.