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“Doncaster is disappointed, dismayed, discouraged by the RFU’s decision to reject the club’s application to play in the Premiership. The club will appeal; the excitement has now been dashed by yesterday’s untimely RFU statement, producing a resurgence of angry feelings”

Last update: 03/02/22 2:44 p.m.

Doncaster Knights say they are ‘dismayed, discouraged’ by the RFU’s decision and will appeal their rejection of the Premiership

Doncaster Knights have confirmed they plan to appeal the RFU’s decision to reject their bid to play in the Premiership, saying they are “disappointed, dismayed and discouraged”.

On Tuesday, the RFU announced that Championship pair Doncaster and Ealing Trailfinders had failed to meet the minimum standards criteria for promotion to the Premiership.

The RFU statement read: “Doncaster Knights have failed to meet the criteria that a stadium must hold a minimum of 10,001 fans – the Knights currently have a capacity of 5,183 with 1,926 seats.

“Both clubs have offered to apply for planning permission to extend the facilities. However, permission is not yet in place for this to happen.”

The RFU issued a statement on Tuesday saying Doncaster and Ealing Trailfinders had failed to meet the minimum standards criteria for promotion to the Premiership.

The RFU issued a statement on Tuesday saying Doncaster and Ealing Trailfinders had failed to meet the minimum standards criteria for promotion to the Premiership.

Doncaster, currently top of the Championship, said they would “make a statement on this decision in due course”, and on Wednesday their statement came in.

Doncaster stressed the only area where their bid fell short was stadium capacity – and said they were “fully confident the required capacity could be provided for the 2022/23 season”.

“Doncaster RFC are disappointed, dismayed and discouraged by the Rugby Football Union Board’s decision to reject the club’s application to play in the Premiership league should the Doncaster Knights win the current season’s Championship League Championship. The club will appeal the decision.” the statement read.

“As part of the audit process, the club’s only failure is that they are currently unable to demonstrate a capacity of 10,001 spectators at the club’s ground, Castle Park.

Doncaster, despite top of the Championship table, have had their bid to join the Premiership rejected

Doncaster, despite top of the Championship table, have had their bid to join the Premiership rejected

“All other aspects of the audit, it appears, are in order and Castle Park have on several occasions demonstrated their ability to stage significant events through Women’s and Under-20s international matches.

“At this stage, it can only be said that the DRFC Board are confident that the required capacity could be provided for the 2022/23 season, with a back-up ground now available in the event of any unforeseen delays.

“There has been significant debate about opening up the Premiership to promotion and relegation, which can only be good for the ambitious nature of clubs, players and fans.

“The current Championship contest is approaching its peak with at least three teams statistically capable of claiming the title of winner. In early April, the winner will be known.

Saracens won last season's Championship to clinch promotion to the Premiership

Saracens won last season’s Championship to clinch promotion to the Premiership

“Excitement in the camps and among rugby supporters in general is high, but has now been dashed in one fell swoop via yesterday’s untimely RFU statement, producing a resurgence of subsequent outpourings of feelings of anger towards governing body at a time when harmony should prevail.

“Sensitivity and fairness dictate that a postponement of a decision might have been better for all involved. Now teams are playing the final games of the season in an atmosphere of despondency, although a administrative box has been checked.”




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