Harvey names side for Plymouth test in opening day double header13/09/2013
Jersey Director of Rugby Ben Harvey has announced his side for the opening Greene King IPA Championship fixture against Plymouth Albion this Sunday at Sandy Park, Exeter. (Kick Off 13:15, live on Sky Sports, and BBC Radio Jersey).
The Islanders will feature eight summer signings making their competitive debut for the Club, including captain Alex Rae, in Sunday's double header at the home of Exeter Chiefs.
Harvey has made only three changes to the side that claimed victory over National One outfit Coventry in their final pre-season fixture as the Cornishman looks to pick up an opening day win in the town his professional playing career began.
Jersey born tight-head prop Jon Brennan is ruled out through injury and will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a small calf tear. Also out of contention is loose-head Myles Landick, but apart from the two front rowers Harvey has had a clean bill of health to choose from and is excited by the challenge ahead.
Harvey said: "The boys are a good bunch who have a great work ethic and are prepared to work very hard to get results. We've got a good team this year and our pre-season preparations have helped bring us all together. We are raring to go for Sunday.
"Plymouth will be our first league game and I think that being on Sky Sports will only make both sets of players more determined to look for a win. Everyone just has to take care of their own job and the scoreboard will take care of itself."
To read the Jersey RFC preview of the match, click HERE.
Jersey RFC starting line-up:
15 Grant Pointer, 14 Mark Foster, 13 Drew Locke, 12 Dai Bishop, 11 Ed Dawson, 10 Niall O'Connor, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Sean McCarthy, 2 Elvis Taione, 3 David Young, 4 Nick Campbell, 5 Alex Rae ©, 6 Ben Maidment, 7 Fred Silcock, 8 Tom Brown.
Replacements: 16 Tom Fidler, 17 Dave Felton, 18 Nick Selway, 19 Dave Markham, 20 Latu Makaafi, 21 Joel Dudley, 22 Aaron Perberthy.
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