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Video: Callum Irvine makes the most of his Carnegie call-up

LESS than 18 months ago, Callum Irvine was playing part-time rugby for hometown Harrogate yet has now made his first Championship start with Yorkshire Carnegie.

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STAYING PUT: Yorkshire Carnegie took on Doncaster Knights at Headingley on Sunday. Picture: Steve Riding.

Nick Westby: Ring-fencing a step closer as Championship clubs become wary of joining elite

A crowd of a little over 2,500 saw Yorkshire’s two leading rugby union clubs contest a local derby in the second tier of English rugby yesterday.

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Josh Burridge scored a try against Luctonians but it couldn't prevent defeat for Wharfedale.

Weekend Review: Rowntree excels for Otley | Wharfedale denied | Sheffield Tigers smashed by Sale | Hull Ionians’ woes continue

Otley made it back-to-back wins in National Two North, running out 31-16 winners at home to Chester.

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Rotherham Titans head coach Andy Key: Remains optimistic.

Rotherham Titans 21 Hartpury College 32: Key has reasons to be cheerful despite losing streak

Rotherham’s weak start to the Championship, three consecutive defeats, two at home, has kept them bottom of the league table with no points and it would be a major surprise if the Titans were to achieve their first win on Sunday at Cornish Pirates.

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Ollie Stedman goes on the charge against Doncaster Knights. Picture: Steve Riding.

Yorkshire Carnegie 15 Doncaster Knights 9: Injury woes cast aside as Carnegie hold back Knights

AS PLAYER after player departed injured, the main concern for Yorkshire Carnegie could quite conceivably have been whether they would still have 15 fit players after this derby against Doncaster Knights.

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Ollie Stedman

Derbies more important to rivals now, insists Stedman

ALTHOUGH the disbandment of Championship play-offs has upset some, Yorkshire Carnegie 
No 8 Ollie Stedman believes it has one major positive – making their derby with Doncaster Knights all the more important.

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Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights boss Griffiths still sees rivals Carnegie as serious threat

DONCASTER KNIGHTS director of rugby Clive Griffiths is not listening to talk that Yorkshire Carnegie will be less of a threat this campaign.

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Junior Bulumakau breaks through (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Doncaster Knights 44 Rotherham Titans 0: Ruthless Knights show no mercy to rebuilding rivals

A BIG win over his former club made Doncaster Knights full-back Charlie Foley’s home debut something special.

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Tigers win Steel City bragging rights as Otley defeat Greens

Hull Ionians fell to a 27-15 home defeat against Darlington Mowden Park in National League One on Saturday.

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Rotherham player Jake Henry, who was praised by Andy Key, tries to break through the Doncaster ranks. (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Optimistic Andy Key admits Rotherham Titans need to find winning formula quickly

THE scale of the challenge is becoming obvious, but new coach Andy Key remains confident about what Rotherham Titans can achieve this season.

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Rotherham Titans head coach Andy Key

Doncaster Knights 44 Rotherham Titans 0: Knights romp to derby win

Doncaster Knights made it two wins from two at the start of the Championship season with a 44-0 success in Saturday’s derby against Rotherham Titans at Castle Park.

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Try scorer 
Mike Myerscough.

Nottingham 27 Yorkshire Carnegie 35: Carnegie hold their nerve to claim first win of the season

Yorkshire Carnegie picked up their first win of the season with a 35-27 win against Nottingham at Lady Bay.

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INJURED: Yoikshire Carnegie's 
Stevie McColl

Nottingham v Yorkshire Carnegie: Confident Lowes has faith in Carnegie’s ability to bounce back

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach James Lowes is confident his side can quickly eradicate their opening-day problems in time for tonight’s Championship game at Nottingham.

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Mike Myerscough

Coach Lowes expecting a response from Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach James Lowes is confident his side can quickly eradicate their opening day problems in time for tonight’s Championship game at Nottingham.

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IN VAIN: Toms Asejevs scored an early try for Wharfedale at Macclesfield but the visitors went down 41-15.

Weekend Review: Hull Ionians hammered by Coventry | Sheffield edged out by Luctonians | Wharfedale hurt at Macclesfield

Hull Ionians made a disappointing start to their new National One campaign, falling 62-20 at home to Coventry.

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Rotherham Titans' Dan Grange tries to find a way through Nottingham. Picture: Steve Riding.

Rotherham Titans 10 Nottingham 46: Harsh lessons learned as Titans are mauled in home opener

A new season may well usher in a new era at many clubs but, for Rotherham Titans, the same issues still appear to be prevalent after their rebuilt squad was thrashed by Nottingham at Clifton Lane.

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KICKING KING: Doncaster's Simon Humberstone.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Jersey Reds 24 Doncaster Knights 26: Boot of Humberstone crucial to opening day victory

SIMON HUMBERSTONE’S kicking prowess proved pivotal for Doncaster Knights as they opened up their campaign with a nail-biting triumph in the Channel Islands.

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Chris Elder.

London Scottish 30 Yorkshire Carnegie 12: Rusty Carnegie suffer opening day setback

Yorkshire Carnegie made a losing start to the Greene King IPA Championship as they went down 28-12 to London Scottish.

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Back in the game: Andy Key.

Nottingham v Rotherham Titans: Coach Andy Key relishing Clifton Lane rebuilding job

Andy Key – the co-architect of Leeds Carnegie’s rise to and initial survival in the Premiership – suddenly found himself out of work six-and-a-half years ago.

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Switch: Doncaster have signed Charlie Foley from Rotherham Titans.
Picture: Scott Merrylees

Jersey v Doncaster Knights: Wise recruitment gives Clive Griffiths belief

In the last two years, Doncaster Knights have become quite adept at upsetting the established elite in rugby union’s Championship.

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