Flockhart flies the flag for Doncaster Knights in Championship Select clash

Dougie Flockhart
Dougie Flockhart

Winger Dougie Flockhart will fly the flag for the club in Sunday’s Championship Select-Canada clash at the Sixways Stadium.

The Scot missed last weekend’s 36-20 B&I Cup win over Bedford Blues at Castle Park with a quad strain but will be fit for this weekend.

“It’s nice to have been picked and I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can pick up a good result on the day,” said Flockhart.

Given the quality of the Doncaster squad this season, it is perhaps surprising that Flockhart is the only selection.

“It’s certainly nice to play for a Doncaster side which is testing the opposition every week,” he said.

The club have impressed with the quality of their defensive and attacking play both at home and away.

“It’s changed loads since I’ve been here but the structures that Paul Cooke and Clive Griffiths have introduced has given us certain attack and defensive patterns,” he said.

“If you’ve got a good defence then you are going to get chances to turn over ball.

“And when we’ve got the ball we’ve got structure in there so that we can get it out wide and test defences.

“We are a top-four side at the moment and have won all three B&I Cup games so we are happy with how things have gone.

“We had high expections after winning a lot of games last season in National One because it gave us some belief.”

Flockhart, who doubles as the club’s strength and conditioning coach, is full of praise for the way that the players have knuckled down.

“The boys really applied themselves in pre-season and, because we had a lot of continuity from last season, we knew what the majority were like fitness-wise,” he said.

“We knew the players’ various test scores from last season and this season they have improved upon them. They were as good as when they finished last season when they reported back which allowed us to really kick on.”

Reflecting on some astute signings by director of rugby Griffiths, Flockhart said: “It’s a better side than the one which went down and a better side than the one which came back up.

“There is a good spirit in the camp and everyone works hard for each other.

“The boys we’ve brought in have given us strength in depth. Everyone knows if they don’t perform that they won’t be playing next week.”