Director of Rugby at Doncaster Knights – Clive Griffiths is recovering in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.
Club Statement | We are sad to announce that Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths is in hospital having suffered a suspected heart attack.
— Doncaster Knights ? (@DoncasterKnight) September 10, 2018
The club have issued the following statement: “Doncaster RFC (Doncaster Knights) can now confirm that Director of Rugby, Clive Griffiths suffered a suspected heart attack whilst out jogging on Friday evening.
“Clive is currently undergoing tests in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, but is expected to make a full recovery.
“We are sure that everyone concerned with Doncaster Knights, Phoenix and the wider club will want to join us in sending our very best wishes to Clive.”
Representing Wales in both League and Union as a player, Griffith spent 10 years as coach to the Welsh rugby league team, twice taking them to the semi-final stage of the World Cup twice and won the European Championship for the first time in 57 years.
The 64-year-old was part of the set up as the Welsh rugby union side prepared for the 2003 World Cup and five Six Nations campaigns. This is his second spell at the Knights, having first joined in 2006. Since his return in 2012, he has guided the club to the National One title in 2013 and to the Championship play-off final just two years later.
Earlier the year the club tragically lost a player who collapsed and died.
In February 27-year-old prop Ian Williams collapsed during training and passed away despite the best effort of the emergency services.
The 6’4, 126kg Williams moved to Doncaster Knights in 2017 from Rotherham Titans.
An Oxford University graduate, Williams earned many plaudits for a dominant performance in the 2013 Varsity Match against Cambridge and was subsequently selected to represent Wales Students.
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