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Lynn Howells announces two further signings this week, joining the list of Adam Kettle, Geoge Hughes and Jamie Lennard already announced as joining the Knights next season.

Bevan Armitage, who comes from Brixham in Devon, is the brother of London Irish stars Delon and Steffon and his style of play is arguably a mix of both. He is good in close contact whilst also being fast and direct. In addition to playing for Esher he has also played for England Counties.

Doncaster Knights have signed 25 year old centre Bevan from 1st Division rivals Esher. Bevan who is 1.86m tall and weighs 90kg. He impressed both Director of Rugby Lynn Howells and back’s coach Justin Bishop when he played against the Knights earlier this season and they had no hesitation in approaching Bevan when they heard he was looking for the opportunity to try rugby on a full time basis.

Ali Warnock was one of the fly halves at Edinburgh when Lynn coached there last season so he had no hesitation in approaching him when the opportunity arose. Ali was born in Biggar and was capped for Scotland at Under 16 level. He started playing senior rugby with his local club before moving to Hawick. Whilst there he was identified as a player with potential by the Scottish Rugby Union and was put with a special development group. Amongst his contemporaries in this group were Chris Cusiter, Ross Ford and Alastair Strockosch who are now all full caps. From Hawick, Ali joined Edinburgh before moving to the Borders as part of a restructuring plan. When the Borders failed due to lack of finance, Ali spent a season in National Division One rugby with Nottingham and he was in their side that beat the Knights 12 points to 0 three seasons ago. He moved back to Scotland to play for Boroughmuir before rejoining the full-time professional ranks at Edinburgh. His opportunities this past season have been restricted due to the presence of the Scottish fly half Phil Godman so Ali was keen to make the move to the Knights and work again with Lynn. Most recently Ali has been involved with the Scotland 7s team in the Hong Kong sevens. Ali is 1.83m tall and weighs 82kg. Ali is an accomplished rugby computer analyst so he will provide Lynn with all his match day statistics, etc.

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