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Brett Davey has made five changes to his starting line-up to face Nottingham this weekend as the Knights aim to make it six games unbeaten at Castle Park.

The Director of Rugby has picked a new-look front row as Doncaster target revenge for their narrow B&I Cup defeat to their Midlands rivals, whilst maintaining squad freshness in round 8 of the Championship.

After four back-to-back league victories, the Knights were held to a draw away to Bedford Blues last week, and as they have not lost at home since September 3, they are hoping to ensure their ground remains a fortress.

Nottingham currently lie seventh in the table, but third-placed Knights will not be taking anything for granted in what promises to be an exciting clash with an array of talent on display, as Nottingham showed their mettle when they battled to their own 25-25 tie with high-flying Cornish Pirates.

The visitors are sure to be strong with the boot, with Japan international fly-half James Arlidge freshly returned from World Cup duty and Championship third highest points scorer Kieran Hallett competing for the kicking rights. The signing of Argentine Juan Pablo Socino, who averaged 10 points per match for Rotherham Titans last season, will bring further creative options to the Green and Whites.

One man the Knights defence will be placing a close eye on is Sione Kalamafoni, who was awarded the Man of the Match award for Tonga in their beating of World Cup finalists France. The back-rower’s powerful play attracted the attention of Premiership clubs before he committed to Nottingham for the current campaign.

But the Knights defence will be in strong spirits after the last two performances since the return of defence coach Neil Kelly from the World Cup with Namibia.

Wakefield born Kelly said: “We are getting a bit of consistency in our performances now, but we can’t afford to neglect things – defence is all about concentration and our players will learn from their mistakes as we improve.

“Nottingham are a good side, they’ve got some dangerous runners and ball-carriers with Kieran Hallett very strong kicking game.

“There is no doubt they are a better team than their league position suggests - it’s easy to look at the table and decide it should be an easy win for us, but that’s a dangerous thing to do, we can’t get complacent, especially against such a good side.”

Doncaster Knights: David McIlwaine, Dougie Flockhart, Tom Luke, PJ Gidlow, Michael Keating, Mike Whitehead, Chris Hallam, Andy Brown, Jack Yeandle, Royce Burke-Flynn, Matt Challinor, Dominic Parsons, Andy Boyde, Zack Farivarz, Chris Planchant.

Replacements: Stuart Corsar, Steve Boden, Alex Brown, Latu Makaafi, Michael Noone, Lee Audis, Oli Goss.

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