View Full Version : Doncaster Knights add former Leinster scrum half

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06-02-09, 02:52 PM
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MATTHEW D’ARCY, the 23-year-old former Ireland Under-19 and Under-21 World Cup scrumhalf, has this week left St Mary’s to take up the offer of a professional contract with English Division One club Doncaster Knights. A product of High School who represented Leinster at Under-16, 18s and 21s, D’Arcy has become frustrated with his lack of opportunity at Leinster since coming through their Academy in 2007.

D’Arcy made a dozen appearances for Leinster A and was twice called up to the Leinster bench, and has been a first-choice AIB League scrumhalf with Trinity and St Mary’s for five years.

He has gone straight onto the Knights’ bench for their EDF Trophy, fifth round match against Sedgley Tigers tomorrow.

“It is rare for Irish players to look outside Ireland for their clubs, but looking at the Knights I see it as the place to start my career with the big boys,” commented D’Arcy.[/b]
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Matthew D’Arcy, the 23 year old graduate of Leinster Academy has put pen to paper on a deal with Doncaster Knights. Citing the continuing development of the club as his main reason, the Dublin born Scrum Half is looking forward to quickly bonding with his team mates at Castle Park and making an early Impact. Having represented and started for Ireland at U19 and U21 level and being a graduate of the Leinster Academy D’Arcy has some ability for a young player.[/b]

D&#39;arcy was among the best players in the AIL but fell down the pecking order at Leinster. He should prove a decent signing for Doncaster. The deal is only until the end of the season so D&#39;arcy may be trying to put himself in the shop window for a move to a Premiership club.