Old Brodleians will welcome Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday (3.00) for the first fixture between the two clubs within the league structure.
A little background of the south Yorkshire club explains their aspirations. Phoenix stand as an independent amateur club allied to Doncaster Knights. Their vision is to play at the highest possible standard of rugby attainable by an amateur club adopting professional standards.
They have achieved Yorkshire One status following promotion last season and have aspirations to play in the Northern leagues. They have been running two teams over the last few years and have expanded this to three for this current season.
So far this term they have travelled to Ilkley in the league and suffered a close defeat, 13-9; this followed losing to Heath in the first round of the Yorkshire Shield narrowly, 11-10.
Last weekend they entertained fellow promoted club Selby at the Keepmoat Athletics Stadium in Doncaster and were victorious in a close fought game by the score of 13-12 thanks to a single try and eight points from the boot of fly-half Dan Storey. Recent reports indicate that their forward pack is a well drilled outfit and with several players recruited from Doncaster Knights during the close season it is believed that they will be strong challengers in their first season in Yorkshire One.
Brods, who were edged out 18-12 by North Ribblesdale in Settle last weekend, have injury worries with Rob Jennings and Luke Scrimshaw both being assessed this week and Aaron Fowler literally out of the running with a knee injury.
Brod’s Tongan prop Loma Kivalu has not yet received his work visa and so his arrival will be delayed, probably for a further week.
The 2nd XV travel to Sheffield in confident mood and the Beavers will be hosting Sandal in their opening fixture of the season.
The Under 19s colts are raring to go and will entertain West Park Leeds on Sunday at Woodhead (1.00pm) in their first league fixture of the season.