Saturday, June 28, 2014

RFU Championship: Tyler Hotson signs for Doncaster Knights

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The professional career of Canadian international second-rower is set to continue in England but no longer for London Scottish. The 29 year old has agreed to terms to take up an offer from English second division rivals the Doncaster Knights. Hotson becomes the second Canadian to sign for the club in recent weeks following the announcement that another second-rower, Jon Phelan, will be playing his rugby for the same club next season. Both players are strong contenders to represent their country at Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Fresh off starting all three June internationals for Canada Tyler Hotson has put himself in a good position ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. His selection together with Jamie Cudmore sees him going into Rugby World Cup year as a virtual certain selection for the tournament. 

It is a marked change from the policies employed in the lead-up to Rugby World Cup 2011 when he was benched for the 2011 tests prior to the tournament in New Zealand and acted as a replacement throughout the Rugby World Cup with Kieran Crowley opting for a combination of Cudmore and Jebb Sinclair.

Both players were involved in the June internationals but Sinclair was in his natural position of back-row. The change is a reflection of Crowley having greater confidence in the ability of the now 29 year old Hotson. With 41 test caps to his name Hotson is one of Canada's most senior players and his move to Doncaster will not only see him playing with Jon Phelan but also for former Canadian defence coach Clive Griffiths who is the director of rugby at the club.

Having previously played for both London Scottish and Plymouth Albion Hotson's move to Doncaster means he will play for a third team in the RFU Championship. Other squad members such as Phelan, Aaron Carpenter  and James Pritchard also play their rugby in England's second division.

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