Doncaster Knights: Griffiths hoping for World Cup boost at Castle Park

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths is hoping the success of the 2015 Rugby World Cup will help to boost the popularity of the sport in the town.

“The Rugby World Cup has been a tremendous advert for the sport and it’s been the best ever competition,” said Griffiths, who was part of the Welsh coaching staff in 2003 and the Canadian team in 2011.

“For me the biggest plus was the intent of most of the teams to play rugby. The weather obviously helped in that respect, as was very much in evidence in Saturday’s final whenever New Zealand, in particular, had the ball.”

Griffiths says he has already started to implement things he has seen in the World Cup into his coaching sessions and match tactics.

“We’ve looked at a lot of clips from the World Cup and we’ve copied some things and there is no shame in admitting that,” he said. ”But what you have also got to do is come up with a game plan based on the players you’ve got; we don’t have world-class players.

“But as a club we like to play an expansive game and I’m sure anyone coming to watch us play at Castle Park will not be disappointed.

“Hopefully we can pick up some new supporters on the back of the World Cup. Castle Park is a great place to watch the game. It has got great facilities and offers everyone a friendly welcome.

“The club also boasts very successful mini and junior sections and hopefully even more local youngsters will be encouraged to give the game a try after watching the World Cup.”