Loan signing Joe boosts back-row options


Jersey have responded to a number of back-row injury problems by signing flanker Joe Buckle on loan from Bath.


The 19-year-old former England Under 18 player is in his second season as a member of the Bath Academy, and has also spent time as a dual-registered player with Cornish Pirates earlier this season.

Director of Rugby Ben Harvey said that Buckle was likely to feature in this weekend's British & Irish Cup tie against Leeds Carnegie, and that he hoped he would establish himself in the Jersey squad.

"We are building towards the climax of the season, which includes some very important matches," Harvey said. "Back row is an area of concern, with a number of key players currently out-of-action, and it's great to be able to add a player of Joe's pedigree to the squad.

"I've had great reports about Joe, who has developed significantly as a player during his time at Bath, and am looking forward to seeing him perform in the flesh at St Peter."

A Devonian who first played rugby in the mini & junior section at Kingsbridge RFC, Buckle continued his rugby education at Bryanston School in Dorset, leaving in summer 2011 when he joined Bath, and also toured Australia with the England Under 18 group.

Buckle made one start and three replacement appearances in the Championship during his time with Pirates, scoring a try against Doncaster, as well as two starts in the B&I Cup, adding a further try against Swansea. At the start of the season he played alongside Matt Banahan for Bath in the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens.

This weekend's match against Leeds, Jersey's penultimate game in this season's B&I Cup, kicks off at St Peter at the later time of 4pm this Saturday.


'Vital' stats: Joe Buckle is 6ft 2ins (188cm) tall and weighs 15st 2lbs (96kg); he was born in Plymouth on May 13th, 1993


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