Doncaster Knights: Jamie Lennard announces retirement at age of 29

Jamie Lennard has retired from professional rugby to take up a coaching job at Hill House School.
Jamie Lennard has retired from professional rugby to take up a coaching job at Hill House School.

Doncaster Knights half back Jamie Lennard has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the age of 29.

Lennard enjoyed two spells at Castle Park and also played Premiership rugby for London Irish.

He also had spells with Worcester Warriors, Moseley, Rotherham Titans, London Welsh and Bedford Blues in a career spanning ten years.

The former England Under 21 international now moves into coaching and has been appointed director of rugby at Hill House School in Auckley.

Lennard said: “I have had a wonderful career so far in rugby, and loved playing for the Knights.

“During recent injuries I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on loan to Hill House, and I am delighted that they have asked me to run the school’s rugby programme full time.

“I will also be doing a lot of work with the school’s elite athletes, and making sure that the links between Hill House rugby and Doncaster Knights are as strong as possible.”

Hill House rugby has gained national recognition in the last few years, with a number of players gaining Yorkshire and North of England honours.

Their Under 15 team also made it to the last 16 of the prestigious NatWest Schools Vase Competition earlier this year.

Headmaster David Holland said: “Our rugby has become a great strength in the last few years, and to have a player and coach of Jamie’s experience and knowledge running and developing the programme will be a huge asset.

“He is already a great inspiration to the boys, and we have been indebted to Doncaster Knights for loaning him to us for periods in the last couple of years.

“I am sure that Jamie will take the school’s rugby to the next level and beyond.”

Knights president Tony De Mulder said: “I would like to thank Jamie for his service to Doncaster RFC, he has been a great player and clubman for us over the years.

“I wish Jamie every success in his new role at Hill House and hope it works to strengthen the ties between the school and our club.”

Lennard becomes the second Knights player to hang up his boots following the end of the Championship season after local lad Tom Davies also decided to quit the game.