Cambridge Rugby Head Coach Richie Williams has named his side to face Doncaster Knights on Saturday afternoon in round eleven of the Championship. His line-up includes scrum half stalwart Kieran Duffin who will celebrate his 100th cap for the Blood and Sand.

Coming in hot off the back of their first home victory in the Championship since recently gaining promotion this season, Williams is proud of the progress his side have made;

“It was pleasing to finally get over the line last weekend and win our first ever home game at this level. Arguably, it was our most complete performance of the season as we were able to impose large aspects of our game for sustained periods.”

“The final score line of 33-14 was well deserved and we were able to collect maximum points for the second time this season.”

Whilst their victory saw the side rise from the bottom of the table last weekend, all focus is now on this week’s opponents, Doncaster Knights;

“This weekend our attention turns to our second visit of the season to Castle Park, to face high flying Doncaster Knights. We lost in our opening Premiership Cup game back in October and were then comprehensively beaten at home by 60 points. Once again, this game will be a good yardstick to measure our growth as a group.”

A full-time outfit, an away trip to Doncaster is never an easy feat for any team in the Championship;

“Doncaster, along with Ealing and Cornish Pirates, are one of the most physical teams in the league and rely heavily upon a heavy and streetwise forward pack.”

Minimal changes are made to the Cambridge squad for this week’s clash with welcome returns in the forward pack in Seb Brownhill and Matt Dawson.

Williams wanted to pay note to one player in particular this week who will become the club’s latest centurion when he steps on the field on Saturday;

“Creeping under the radar the last few months has been scrum half Kieran Duffin who will make his 100th appearance for the club. I am pleased he has reached this personal landmark. He now joins Matt Hema, Gareth Baxter, George Bretag-Norris and Ben Adams in becoming current centurions.”

After round eleven on the road, Cambridge head straight into back-to-back reserve weeks before returning home on Saturday 24 February to welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Ellgia Fields. Tickets to the clash are on sale now via the Cambridge Rugby website.

Cambridge line-up:

15| Eli Caven
14| Kwaku Asiedu
13| Sam Hanks
12| Jamie Benson
11| Joe Green
10| Steffan James
9| Kieran Duffin
1| Huw Owen
2| Ben Brownlie
3| Billy Walker
4| Kieran Frost
5| Gareth Baxter
6| George Bretag-Norris ©
7| Jared Cardew
8| Nahum Merigan

16| Morgan Veness
17| Seb Brownhill
18| Jake Ellwood
19| Ben Adams
20| Matt Dawson
21| Jed Gelderbloom
22| Matty Williams
23| Anthony Maka