Bentley and Bell join Jersey ranks06/06/2014
Two more players, Jonny Bentley and Tommy Bell, have been added to the Jersey RFC squad as preparations for the 2014/15 season continue.
Bentley is a 27-year-old fly-half who was born in New Zealand but has been playing his rugby in England since 2009. He spent four seasons with Cornish Pirates, where Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon was Assistant Coach, helping his side win the British & Irish Cup in 2010 and reach the play-off final the following year.
Bentley (pictured above with former Gloucester team-mate Mike Tindall) signed a year's contract with Aviva Premiership side Gloucester in June 2013 and made appearances in both the Heineken and LV Cups for the Cherry-and-Whites before joining Leeds Carnegie on loan in February 2014. He played five times for the Yorkshire side in the Greene King IPA Championship, as well as appearing in the B&I Cup final defeat to Leinster 'A'.
"Jonny is a very talented player with proven experience in unlocking Championship defences," said Biljon. "I'm looking forward to working with him again and believe he will help us develop our attacking back play."
Bell, 21, comes to Jersey after two seasons with Aviva Premiership side London Wasps, for whom he has made 32 appearances and scored 86 points. He has featured in different positions across the back-line, often playing alongside his older brother Chris.
Bell (pictured above) was formerly an Academy player with Sale Sharks for two seasons, during which time he gained experience playing on loan for Leeds Carnegie in 2011/12, scoring 234 points in 21 appearances.
"Tommy is a really exciting prospect and wherever he plays in our back-line I expect his pace and goal-kicking ability will make him a real asset to the team," said Biljon.
The Jersey 1st team squad will report back to St Peter next week to begin their preparations for the new season. League action is expected to start on the first weekend of September, prior to which the Islanders face pre-season home matches against Ayr (August 16), Bath (August 23) and Blackheath (August 30).