Doncaster Knights: New boys boost ranks as tough run approaches

Clive Griffiths is pleased with the contribution so far of new duo Jack Cosgrove and Shaun Jones.
Clive Griffiths is pleased with the contribution so far of new duo Jack Cosgrove and Shaun Jones.

The Knights’ squad is looking much healthier following a pair of new arrivals – and at the right time too.

Clive Griffiths’ men face their toughest test of the season so far when they welcome Fylde to Castle Park.

And they head into the clash with the Lancashire outfit packing two impressive young guns, who both made their debuts in the win at Cinderford last weekend.

Loose head prop Jack Cosgrove has arrived to ease the selection woes in the front row following injuries to Ross Davies and Tom Davies.

The 19-year-old has joined on dual-registration terms from Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors.

He has played a number of times for Worcester Academy and spent the early part of this season at the Knights’ National One rivals Coventry.

Cosgrove is a former team mate of Knights back row Louis Spencer from time at Hartpury College.

Spencer penned a permanent deal with the Knights last week after impressing during a trial period.

Cosgrove was joined in the Knights’ arrival lounge by Welsh forward Shaun Jones.

The 23-year-old appeared against the Knights in last season’s British and Irish Cup for Llandovery, a club he turned out 88 times for.

His performances in the Welsh Premiership earned him a call up to RaboDirect Pro 12 side Scarletts before he joined current club Leeds Carnegie.

Jones can play second or back row.

Griffiths was pleased with both Cosgrove and Jones’ contributions after they started in the 35-5 win at Cinderford.

And he expects further improvement once the two settle into the side.

Saturday’s opponents Fylde are flying after winning three of their opening four games.

But they head to Castle Park on the back of their first defeat, a somewhat surprise home defeat to Worthing Raiders.

The Fylde game marks the start of a testing run of fixtures for the Knights including the visit of Loughborough Students – another side who have won three of four – in a fortnight’s time.