Final pre-season match plus new signing

03/06/2015

Jersey have confirmed a third pre-season fixture ahead of their 2015/16 campaign, plus a new addition to the club's squad.

The Islanders will take on Plymouth Albion on Saturday August 8th in their opening match of a pre-season trilogy that also includes Welsh region Scarlets and London club Blackheath.

Jersey and Albion have rubbed shoulders in the Greene King IPA Championship for the past three seasons prior to the Devon club's relegation at the end of 2014/15. Jersey won four of the six league matches between the sides during this period, while two British & Irish Cup ties were split 1-1.

Plymouth

"We enjoyed our encounters with Albion and are pleased to have an early chance to renew acquaintances as the new season gets underway," said Jersey RFC Chairman Bill Dempsey. "Director of Rugby Graham Dawe is looking to develop a very competitive squad for the forthcoming season in National One, and this will be a good test for both clubs."

The Island side have also confirmed a loan deal with Wasps for Will Rowlands - the lock is set to link up with Jersey following the Rugby World Cup, which finishes at the end of October.

Will Rowlands Copy

London-born Rowlands, 24 (pictured above#), joined Wasps in summer 2014 after completing a degree at Oxford University, during which time he was awarded Blues in the 2012 and 2013 Varsity Matches. The former Rugby School pupil has made seven appearances for Wasps in the LV Cup, and could be in contention for Aviva Premiership action at the start of 2015/16 should his team-mate Joe Launchbury gain a place in England's World Cup squad.

"Coming to Jersey on loan for the majority of the coming season will offer a great opportunity for Will to improve his rugby skills in the Championship, and he looks set to be a major asset to Jersey during this time," added Biljon.

The Jersey squad have now reported for the first phase of pre-season strength and conditioning work, building up to the August friendlies and the opening round of this season's Greene King IPA Championship at the start of September.

Jersey Squad 2015/16 (new signings marked *)

Forwards: Joe Buckle, Charlie Butterworth*, Nick Campbell, Ben Featherstone*, James Freeman*, Martin Garcia-Veiga, Cosma Garfagnoli*, Gary Graham, Nick Haining, Danny Herriott, Sam Lockwood, Dave Markham, Sean McCarthy*, Pierce Phillips, Alex Rae, Will Rowlands*, Ignacio Saenz-Lancuba, Nick Selway, Tommy Spinks*.

Backs: Ross Adair*, Jack Burroughs, Mark Cooke*, Brendan Cope*, Ed Dawson, Joel Dudley, Oli Evans*, Sami Fisilau, Tom Howe*, Richard Lane*, Jack Moates*, Mark McCrea, Fautua Otto, Aaron Penberthy, Lewis Robling.

Jersey RFC pre-season programme

Saturday August 8th - Plymouth Albion - H - 5pm
Saturday August 15th - Scarlets - H - 4pm
Saturday August 22nd - Blackheath - H - KO tbc

# picture courtesy Richard Lane Photography

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