Luke who’s back: Knights team news

Doncaster Knights' Tom Luke.
Doncaster Knights' Tom Luke.

TOM Luke will go straight into the Knights’ starting XV against Bedford Blues after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Luke has spent six weeks on the sidelines through injury but will make his return at outside half when the Blues visit Castle Park on Saturday (2.30pm).

Also back from injury is second row Dominic Parsons who has recovered from a broken toe while there is a place on the bench for flanker Adam Kettle who has been out for much of the season with a severe knee injury.

Fred Burdon will retain his place in the side following a string of impressive performances but will switch to his preferred position at centre.

Michael Noone will slot in at number eight to replace Chris Planchant who has suffered an infection in an ear wound while new signing Michael Heaney will again take his place on the bench.

Bedford will make four changes to the team which started in the 32-13 win over Cornish Pirates last weekend with Jamie Lennard, Sam Pailor, Billy Johnson and Paul Tupai all starting in place of Jake Sharp, Alex Rae, Gregor Gillanders and Sacha Harding.

Knights side to face Bedford: 15 David McIlwaine, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Oli Goss, 12 Fred Burdon, 11 Michael Keating, 10 Tom Luke, 9 Chris Hallam, 1 Tom Davies, 2 Steve Boden, 3 Alex Brown, 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Dominic Parsons, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Zack Farivarz, 8 Michael Noone.

Replacements: 16 Royce Burke-Flynn, 17 Jack Yeandle, 18 Glen Kenworthy, 19 Andy Boyde, 20 Adam Kettle, 21 Michael Heaney, 22 PJ Gidlow.

Bedford: 15 James Pritchard, 14 David Vincent, 13 Brendan Burke, 12 Henry Staff, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jamie Lennard, 9 Darryl Veenendaal, 1 Nico Steenkamp, 2 Neil Cochrane, 3 Dan Seal, 4 Mike Howard, 5 Sam Pailor, 6 Billy Johnson, 7 Don Barrell, 8 Paul Tupai.

Replacements: 16 Chris Locke, 17 Phil Boulton, 18 Sean Tomes, 19 Gregor Gillanders, 20 Stefan Liebenberg, 21 Jake Sharp, 22 Ian Vass.