Winger Watkins joins JRFC for 2016/17

17/05/2016

Jersey RFC have confirmed the signing of winger George Watkins from Bristol Rugby in time for the 2016/17 season.

25-year-old Watkins made his Bristol debut as a teenager in 2009, having become part of the Bristol Academy after leaving Colston's School in the city. He became a regular member of the Bristol starting XV in 2010/11 and scored 58 tries in the next four seasons before signing for Cardiff Blues in 2014.

                                          Geo Watkins Head Sml

Watkins returned to Bristol from Wales towards the end of 2014, and has made a total of 116 appearances for the club, scoring 66 tries. During the second half of the 2015/16 season he was loaned to Moseley, playing eight Greene King IPA Championship games, including the visit to Jersey in February.

Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon said: "George has been one of the stand-out wingers in the Championship dating back to my time with Pirates, and is a proven try-scorer with genuine pace. He's had fewer opportunities to shine this past season, and I know he's very motivated to show what he's capable of.

"We have some exciting talent in our back-line for next season, which will lead to some tough competition for starting places which I think will bring out the best in the players."

Jersey's squad-building ahead of the 2016/17 campaign is almost complete. So far a total of 32 players have been confirmed as members of the 1st team squad:

Front Row: Jake Armstrong, Joe Buckle, Simon Kerrod, Sean McCarthy, Nick Selway, Mark Tampin, Marc Thomas, Jake Woolmore

Second Row: Nick Campbell, Uili Kolo'ofa'i, Dave McKern, Pierce Phillips, James Voss

Back Row: Max Argyle, James Doyle, James Freeman, Gary Graham, Nick Haining

Half-backs: Brendan Cope, Joel Dudley, Sami Fisilau, Kieran Hardy, Sam Katz

Backs: Ross Adair, Jack Cuthbert, Jordan Davies, George Eastwell, Regan King, Rich Lane, Tua Otto, Lewis Robling, George Watkins

Pre-season training for the Reds will start in June ahead of pre-season matches in August - the details of these games are set to be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) - and the start of the Championship season in September.

George Watkins pictures courtesy JMPUK/Bristol Rugby

Geo Watkins Try Copy

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