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Doncaster Knights sign Ben Hooper on loan

Doncaster Knights have signed Ben Hooper from Leeds Carnegie on loan until the end of the season. The front-rower will join up with Clive Griffiths' side for the remainder of the Championship season.

Ben has been signed to cover tight-head prop, we were a bit light in that area after the injury suffered to Tom Francis and we believe he fits the mould of player we are after.

He is a very experienced player having played for both Rotherham and Leeds and he will give us solid back up at prop. He is a very welcome addition to the squad for the remainder of the Championship season.

We found out he was available at Leeds so we moved fast to sign him, he is a needed addition to the squad and will bring even more competition to our strong forward pack.ā€

– Clive Griffiths, Director of Professional Rugby

Doncaster Knights signing

Doncaster Knights have signed Newport Gwent Dragons hooker Rhys Buckley for the 2012/13 season.

22 year-old Buckley has graduated through the professional youth set-up in South Wales.

He spent two years in the Principality Premiership for Pontypool before being picked up by his region.

The Director of Rugby seems to be putting a strong side together for next season and the aim is to reach the top four ā€“ giving us a chance of promotion in the play-offs. I hope I will bring a bit of experience to the side having played regular regional rugby earlier in the season, but found myself behind a former New Zealand international and Welsh World Cup hooker. Iā€™m already excited to get involved in pre-season and win a first team spot to further my rugby career with Doncaster as the Club share my ambitions to succeed at the highest level.

– Rhys Buckley