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Braid hoping to make big impression in Doncaster debut
 
Published Friday, November 30, 2012
by Michael Casey, Doncaster Knights Communications

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With one of the biggest games of the season just hours away, new signing Connor Braid starts his first game at full-back and is relishing the battle ahead (7:45pm).

It will be the 22-year-old Canuck’s first experience of rugby in the Championship, but Braid has been impressed by what he’s found at Castle Park so far and ready to make the transition giving it all for the Knights cause.

“It’s a really good set up here, I had heard the facilities were top notch at Donny and they’ve definitely lived up to that.

“The coaching staff and the boys have been awesome and so far the transition and settling in has been pretty easy. 

“I want to help out as much as I can, a bonus point win tomorrow would be huge, I just want to offer all I’ve got to help the team move out of the position we are in currently.

“From what I’ve heard and seen this week Doncaster are not a team that should be near the bottom of the league.” 

Fresh from tour with Canada, Braid, who is accomplished in several positions along the back line, is expecting a tough task tonight - but hopes he can get his time with the Knights off to the best of starts. 

“I think Clive has brought in a couple of new ideas especially in attack, I’ve worked with him for a long time now and really rate him as a coach.

“From what I’ve seen in the last game we missed a couple of first up tackles and Nottingham were able to take advantage, so we need to sort that this week.

”It would be great to get my name on the score sheet a few times this season, but so long as I’m positively contributing to the team in some way I’ll be happy.

“We have a good chance of winning tonight; they’re right next to us in the league so it’ll be two teams really battling it out but I'm confident we can get the win.”

Braid straight into the fray for Knights biggest match of the season

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Clive Griffiths has selected his first Knights team since his return to Castle Park for tomorrow night's vital clash with Jersey (kick off 7:45).

Both sides will be desperate to register a victory this weekend, knowing a win would lift them from the foot of the Championship table in arguably the biggest encounter of the season so far. 

Griffiths has named a largely unchanged side from the one that lost out to Nottingham last week, although one key adjustement sees new signing Connor Braid start at full back. The Canadian international has been thrust straight into the first fifteen following his arrival at the club earlier this week. 

The Welsh governor hasn't had a lot of time to implement the changes he will look to bring, but confidence is high of bouncing back from heavy defeat last week with a strong performance over our nearest positioned counterparts; Jersey.

Other changes see Chris Hallam preferred at scrum half and Dante Mama once again demonstrating his versatility as he switches from full-back to centre for tomorrow’s clash. Jamie Lennard retains the ten jersey, whilst the pack is wholly unchanged.

15 Connor Braid, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Dante Mama, 12 James Tincknell, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Jamie Lennard, 9 Chris Hallam, 1 Tom Davies, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Matt Challinor (C), 5 Dominic Parsons, 6 Adam Kettle, 7 Jethro Rawling, 8 Chris Planchant

Replacements; 16 Ben Sowery, 17 Jack Bergmanas, 18 Brian McGovern, 19 Phil Hoy, 20 David Bradford, 21 Louis Silver, 22 Tom Barrett

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