Biljon names squad for first game in charge


Head Coach Harvey Biljon has taken full control of the Jersey squad this week, and the club are hoping the new recruit will crown his first week with a crucial league victory.

The obstacle lying in the way of Biljon and his squad is however a considerable one, with the Championship's second-placed side, Rotherham Titans, the visitors to St Peter. The game kicks off at 3pm.

Rotherham have won their last eight matches in all competitions, and have suffered just three league defeats all season by narrow margins to fellow high-fliers Bristol, Leeds and London Welsh.

Niall V Welsh

However Jersey will be boosted by the return of several front-line players. Niall O'Connor (pictured above during Jersey's last league match against London Welsh) is back in the fly-half position after missing the British & Irish Cup trip to Ayr and will partner former Rotherham scrum-half Jimmy Williams. Jack Burroughs also returns to action and will start at full-back.

In the forwards, skipper Alex Rae returns to the line-up and will form a second row partnership with Dave Markham, who is preferred to Nick Campbell. Some tricky selection dilemmas for Biljon in the back row has resulted in a starting trio of Latu Makaafi, Fred Silcock and Tom Brown.

A full preview to the game can be found HERE

/*STOP PRESS SAT 10am One late change sees Tom Fidler forced out of the Jersey squad through injury. The replacements switch to a 4:3 split of forwards/ backs with Joel Dudley coming in*/

Jersey squad v Rotherham Titans (H) Saturday January 25th 2014, k-o 3pm

15. Jack Burroughs
14. Grant Pointer
13. Drew Locke
12. David Bishop
11. Mark Foster
10. Niall O'Connor
9. Jimmy Williams

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Elvis Taione
3. Dave Young
4. Dave Markham
5. Alex Rae (capt)
6. Latu Makaafi
7. Fred Silcock
8. Tom Brown

16. David Felton
17. Nick Selway
18. Joel Dudley
19. Nick Campbell
20. Joe Buckle
21. Nicky Griffiths
22. Mark McCrea

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