Three set for season's bow against Quins10/10/2014
Biljon shuffles his squad ahead of Cup opener at St Peter
Jersey will be seeking a winning start to their 2014/15 British & Irish Cup campaign when the tournament kicks off at St Peter this Saturday at 3pm.
After narrow defeats by Doncaster and Rotherham in their two competitive matches thus far on home soil, the Islanders are aiming to deliver a win for their supporters against visitors Carmarthen Quins.
Head Coach Harvey Biljon has shuffled his squad ahead of the game, with three players lined up for their first competitive action of the season. Fly-half Aaron Penberthy (pictured above) last played in the Championship match at Bedford in April, kicking 21 points to help his side to the win which ensured a last-day escape from relegation. Flanker Joe Buckle and lock Nick Campbell (pictured below) were also part of the Jersey squad that day.
"Players like Aaron, Nick and Joe have had to wait for their opportunity, but they now have a real chance to perform and earn places in the squad, not just for cup games but also when the league resumes next month," Biljon said. "I've selected a few new combinations and will be looking forward to seeing how they work together in a match situation after some good preparation on the training paddock."
Other players who have had limited game-time so far this season are part of the Jersey squad - these include wingers Ed Dawson and Grant Pointer, flanker - and captain for the day - Ben Maidment, centre Tobia Hoskins and replacement threequarter David Bishop.
Lining up at scrum-half for Jersey is Ryan Glynn, who has been named this morning in the Greene King IPA Championship squad for the match against Canada on November 2nd.
Carmarthen Quins are currently second in the Principality Premiership after kicking off their season with four straight wins. They earned a place in this season's B&I Cup after winning a three-club play-off for the 'Scarlets' region of West Wales that also involved Llandovery and Llanelli. As the highest-ranked of the three sides in last season's Principality Premiership, Quins received a bye to the final play-off match, in which they defeated Llandovery 37-13 at Carmarthen Park.
The visiting squad has been significantly re-shaped through the insertion of a number of players who are part of the Scarlets' regional set-up.
Jersey squad v Carmarthen Quins
(H) British & Irish Cup (Pool 5), Saturday October 11th, KO
Ben Maidment (capt)