New-look side set for Hull of a battle

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DONCASTER Knights’ fans will get their first glimpse of their new-look side in tonight’s first pre-season game against Hull at Castle Park (7.30).

“All the players, except those who are still recovering from injuries last season will get a run-out tonight,” said director of rugby Brett Davey.

“We’ll pick a team to play the first half and then we’ll make changes in the second half but because of the numbers some people might have to play the full 80, which will be beneficial in terms of match fitness.

“I’m happy with the state of the fitness. The players have been training four times a week and fitness and conditioning coach Paul Devlin has done a good job and the players have all bought into what we are trying to do.

“We are exactly, or even slightly ahead, of where we wanted to be with a month to go before the start of the season.

“I’m looking forward to the game and I’d like to thank Hull for agreeing to come to Castle Park after several Welsh clubs decided against making the journey up here which was disappointing,

“As well as looking to build up match fitness in our three pre-season games (the other two are away) I will be looking at different tactics and different combinations.”

Skipper Chris Hallam is one of the players missing tonight but Davey said that he would be fit for the start of the season.