Knights’ star Mcllwaine keen to face old side


DONCASTER Knights will break new ground in tomorrow’s British & Irish Cup pool clash against Ulster at Deramore Park.

The Championship club will take on Ulster’s ‘A’ team, known as the Ravens who only compete in the competition and play inter-provincial games against Munster, Leinster and Connacht.

It will be the Ravens seasonal debut in the competition whereas Knights have lost (33-29) at Nottingham and beaten Leeds 24-22 last month.

Knights have fielded much-changed sides for the two midweek games but are likely to field a stronger line-up tomorrow with it being a weekend game.

One man keen to play tomorrow is full-back David McIlwaine, who joined the club from Ulster in the summer in search of regular first-team rugby.

“It will be good to go back and play against Ulster and hopefully we can go there with a strong squad and do a job on them,” he told The Star.

“They’ll have a few experienced players to pass on their guidance, and keep them going in the right direction, but it will be a basically young side and I’d imagine that they’ll be looking to throw the ball about.

“Back home because there is no ‘A’ team league they view it as an important competition to be in and it gives them the chance to play bench players or those on the fringe of the team whereas over here we are playing Championship rugby every week and the B & I Cup is just another game that we have to play.

“The Championship is viewed as being more important but as a player you always want to win whatever game you are playing in and tomorrow will be no different.

“Which ever team takes on Ulster will be trying to get the club back to winning ways again after last Saturday’s home defeat against London Welsh. The guys who will be coming into the team will no doubt be trying to put themselves in the frame for the next Championship match at Rotherham.”