Doncaster Knights: Three in to boost much depleted squad

New Knights signing Stephen Bannister
New Knights signing Stephen Bannister

Clive Griffiths has stepped back across the codes to boost the table-topping Knights’ much depleted number ahead of today’s trip to Old Albanians.

The director of rugby has raided the rugby league side he coaches, North Wales Crusaders, to bring in centre Stephen Bannister following further injuries to his side.

And he has took advantage of the Knights’ growing relationship with Leicester Tigers to snap up back row Lucas Guillaume and loose head prop Riccardo Brungara on temporary deals.

Montpellier-born Guillaume is on loan from the Tigers where he came through the academy before earning his senior debut in the LV Cup last year.

The 22-year-old is said to be an attacking back row.

Italy U20 international Brungara is another regular for the Tigers’ A side alongside Guillaime and arrives at Castle Park on a dual registration basis, hoping to add versatility to the squad having played across the front row.

Code crossing Bannister was one of the star men for the Crusaders as they won promotion from Championship One this year, lauded for his strong running game.

The 26-year-old came through St Helen’s youth set up and played for England at age group level.

The Knights are nursing a 14-name injury list after Dougie Flockhart and Brad Field were crocked in the big win over promotion rivals Esher last weekend.

Griffiths’ patched up side head to Hertfordshire to meet Old Albanians and looking to maintain their top billing in National One.