Doncaster Knights: Hurrell plays it straight in back division

Will Hurrell
Will Hurrell

Doncaster Knights threequarter Will Hurrell believes in taking the shortest route to the line with a ball in his hands.

The strong-running 25-year-old has quickly become a firm favourite with Castle Park fans since his close-season move from Coventry, for whom he scored 11 tries in 29 appearances last season.

Capped by England at U16, 18 and 20 level, Hurrell started life with the Knights on the wing but has switched inside to centre in recent games following injuries to Andy Bulumakau and Bevon Armitage.

Wherever he has played the 6'2" back, who has also previously turned out for clubs such as London Welsh, Leicester Tigers and Rotherham, has proved a handful for the opposition and has invariably broken the first line of defence.

“That's what I'm there for and it’s what I like doing. It also helps to take the pressure off the forwards if we (the backs) can help out,” he said.

“Although centre, especially inside centre where you also have to be creative as well as solid in defence, is different to playing on the wing I'm happy playing either position.”

Injuries have meant that Knights have had to field a variety of centre pairings in their opening games but Hurrell says that hasn't proved as much of a problem as some people might think.

“We knew that we would have to field different pairings during the season so we experimented with different combinations during pre-season,” he said.

He also praised the contribution made by backs and skills coach Paul Cooke.

Hurrell, who spent a few weeks on loan at the club five or six years ago, also supports the club's more positive game-plan this season.

“Obviously we still do our analysis on our next opponents, as we've done with Cornish Pirates this week, but we also spend a lot of time working on our own combinations and our own plays,” he said.

“We are really looking to take the game to teams and making it very tough for anyone coming to Castle Park as well as on our travels.”