Doncaster Knights quick to bolster pack with new hooker Rhys Buckley

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DONCASTER Knights, who have lost both Steve Boden and Jack Yeandle since the end of last season, have made the signing of Newport Gwent Dragons’ promising 22 year-old hooker Rhys Buckley for the 2012/13 Championship campaign.

Buckley, whose signing represents a big coup for the South Yorkshire club, played regular RaboDirect Pro 12 rugby in the first half of last season for Dragons, standing in for a teammates on duty with the Wales World Cup squad and injured captain, Tom Willis.

The hooker, who has represented Welsh Clubs XV and Crawshays XV, is known for his mobility and physical attributes, whilst possessing an accurate throwing arm in the lineouts and power in the scrum.

Prior to his first senior Dragons’ contract, the Caerphilly-born front-row forward spent two years in the Principality Premiership playing for Pontypool before being picked up by his region.

On arrival at Castle Park, Buckley said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the Knights. The facilities are first class and (director of rugby) Brett Davey’s vision has impressed me.

“He seems to be putting a strong side together for next season and the aim is to reach the top four – giving us a chance of promotion in the Championship play-offs.

“I hope I will bring a bit of experience to the side having played regular regional rugby earlier in the season before finding myself behind a former New Zealand international and Welsh World Cup hooker.

“I’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.”