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MAMA KNOWS BEST: New Knights centre Dante Mama says he was attracted to the club by Brett Davey's expansive brand of rugby.
MAMA KNOWS BEST: New Knights centre Dante Mama says he was attracted to the club by Brett Davey's expansive brand of rugby.
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NEW Knights centre Dante Mama says Brett Davey’s brand of expansive rugby was what attracted him to a move to Castle Park.

The former Leicester Tigers developmental player had his deal confirmed on Monday and is relishing the opportunity to what he has deemed a ‘forward-thinking’ club.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge at Doncaster and will be working hard to cement the outside-centre jersey at an ambitious, forward thinking club.

“Brett has really impressed me and encourages the backs to play with freedom and not be scared to make mistakes in training.

“I hope to play regular rugby next season and bring what I have learned at Leicester Tigers to the Knights squad.

“I’m keen to develop my who game under Brett and pride myself on the mental, physical and fitness sides of rugby.”

The 22-year-old utility back is also comfortable at full back and wing and has represented Zimbabwe at U18 and U20 level.

Mama graduated through the Loughborough Students system while playing for the Tigers’ development side, alongside fellow new Knights centre Will Simpson.

He also featured for Nottingham last season, including two appearances against the Knights.

He said: “Loughborough and Leicester were very different coaching setups; firstly I was taught to throw the ball about and try expansive rugby, then coached to not make any mistakes with the Tigers by playing safer – but at Doncaster it seems it is the best of both worlds as Brett believes in a generous medium.

“I enjoy his philosophy and look forward to the move, playing at the best facilities in the Championship under a good atmosphere on Friday nights.”

Mama’s new centre partner Simpson was one of two players who joined the Knights on Friday.

Also arriving was Bedford Blues blindside flanker Sam Pailor.