Boden names line-up for Cup challenge

13/12/2013

Jersey will be seeking to take a 2-1 lead in their four-match 'test series' against Cornish Pirates this season when the two sides meet at St Peter tomorrow.

The British & Irish Cup tie, which kicks off at 3pm, follows a Greene King IPA Championship match at St Peter four weeks earlier; this game was won at the death by the Islanders, with Niall O'Connor's penalty clinching a 27-25 victory. Pirates gained revenge with a late comeback of their own in the B&I game at the Mennaye Field last weekend, winning 31-20 thanks to two tries in the last four minutes.

Tomorrow's match will be the first at home for Steve Boden since he was made Jersey's Interim Head Coach following the departure of Director of Rugby Ben Harvey.

Boden has picked a strong squad for the Pirates' visit, although he remains without some key personnel in the back division. While David Bishop and Grant Pointer return to the starting XV, Nicky Griffiths and Ed Dawson remain unavailable alongside long-term absentees Tom Cooper and Aaron Penberthy.

While the likes of Nick Selway, Tom Fidler (pictured below claiming a try against Ayr in October) and Dave Markham are handed chances to impress in the starting line-up, Jersey's bench boasts some real forward power, including a number of players who have been first choices during the season to date.

Fidler

The JRFC preview to the match is available HERE

Jersey squad v Cornish Pirates (British & Irish Cup) (H) - December 14th 2013, k-o 3pm

Backs (15-9)
Drew Locke
Grant Pointer
Mark McCrea
David Bishop
Mark Foster
Niall O'Connor
Joel Dudley

Forwards (1-8)
Tom Fidler
Dave Felton
Nick Selway
Dave Markham
Alex Rae (capt)
Latu Makaafi
Fred Silcock
Ben Maidment

Replacements (16-22)
Elvis Taione, Sean McCarthy, David Young, Nick Campbell, James Voss, Jimmy Williams, Jack Burroughs

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