Jersey augment back-line with new signing

11/11/2014

Head Coach Harvey Biljon has added a new player to the back division of his Jersey RFC squad.

Ross Jones-Davies, 24, is a full-back who can also play in other positions across the back-line. He comes to the Island from Cape Town, where he was a student at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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While completing his under-graduate and post-graduate studies in South Africa, Jones-Davies (pictured above) played 70 times for the UCT 1st team, known as the Ikey Tigers, culminating in a notable comeback to win the final of the 2014 FNB Varsity Cup, which is contested by South Africa's premier student teams. Jones-Davies was joint third in the try-scoring table for this year's tournament.

Born in South Africa, Jones-Davies moved to the UK at the age of five. All of his schooling took place in England and he represented Surrey Under 18s, as well as playing for Cobham RFC while still a teenager.

"Ross is a real talent whose elusive running and kicking game will provide an exciting option for our back-line," said Biljon. "He will now get the chance to develop his career in a professional environment and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Jones-Davies joins Jersey a few weeks after the departure of Tommy Bell, the former Wasps full-back who impressed supporters during a short stay on the Island before signing for Aviva Premiership club Leicester.

The new signing arrived on the Island just in time to watch his new team-mates move into the top half of the Greene King IPA Championship league table with a gritty 19-0 win over Plymouth Albion on Saturday. He joined training for the first time yesterday as the Islanders' squad prepared for this Friday's away match against third-placed London Scottish.

The Jersey 1st XV will next be in action at home when they play their first-ever evening match, the British & Irish Cup match against Plymouth Albion on Friday November 28th at 7.30pm. Before then the Jersey Athletic XV will be in action at St Peter this Saturday, November 15th, when they take on London Scottish Highlanders at 12noon (there's lunch available in the Clubhouse afterwards - two courses for £15 while watching England v South Africa on the big screens. Email Sean Dunne to book your spot.

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