DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Falcons relegation poses a problem

No problem: Brett Davey
No problem: Brett Davey

THE RUGBY Football Union’s (RFU) decision to promote last season’s Championship Play-off winners London Welsh and relegate Newcastle Falcons is giving Doncaster Knights’ boss Brett Davey a dilemma.

The Castle Park club had arranged to visit Falcons, who looked to have survived the drop after the RFU originally rejected Welsh’s application, which included a planned move from the capital to Oxford where they were to ground share with the city’s football club, in their first pre-season friendly early next month.

“It is a bit awkward now with Newcastle being in the same division as us next season,” said Davey. “We’ll discus the situation this week.

“I don’t really have a problem with still playing them particularly as it’s getting a bit late to arrange another (suitable) friendly.”

The Welshman felt that Knights were a bit ‘under cooked’ at the start of last season and the warm-up game against Falcons was one of two lined up against Premiership sides - Gloucester being the other.

“Although welcoming the fact Welsh, who had threatened to sue the RFU if their application was again rejected, have been promoted, Davey admits that he has some concerns over some aspects of the situation.

“I would certainly think that we’ll attract a bigger crowd for Newcastle’s visit than we would have done for London Welsh,” he said.

“The problem is that we don’t know whether they will just take over their fixtures or whether they want to change some.”