DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Yorkshire grit to reinforce the Knights’ roster


YOUNG Yorkshire talent will bolster Doncaster Knights’ roster next season.

The club yesterday announced they have secured the services of front-row forwards Tom Francis and Adam Tamanis.

The signing of 19-year-old tight-head prop Tomas Francis, penned in January on a development contract, will see the promising scrummager remain with Doncaster to continue his career progression.

The teenager, a mechanical engineering student at Leeds University, has made four appearances for the club so far, and has been impressive in his two play-off starts against London Welsh, displaying great strength and power.

Francis, who played for his home town clulb Malton and Norton from the age of four, will be joined at Castle Park by his Yorkshire Under 20s team-mate Adam Tamanis, also 19.

Loose-head prop Tamanis has been playing for the Doncaster Phoenix amateur side whilst regularly training with the Knights first team.

The Doncaster born and bred player has progressed through the junior section at DRFC and the signing of his first professional contract will see him follow in the footsteps of fellow home-grown props Tom Davies, Lewis Thiede and Michael Cusack.

Tamanis marks a real success story for Doncaster having graduated through all the age groups, whilst studying at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and growing up in Tickhill.

Knights boss Brett Davey revealed his pleasure in the capture of the two Yorkshire County representatives and believes they could become the cornerstones of the future squad.

“Both have tremendous potential and the fact that they are both local lads is encouraging. I am looking to lads in the Yorkshire region for the future of this club and these two are prime examples and represent the start of our ambitions.”