Boden names line-up for Cup challenge13/12/2013
Jersey will be seeking to take a 2-1 lead in their four-match 'test series' against Cornish Pirates this season when the two sides meet at St Peter tomorrow.
The British & Irish Cup tie, which kicks off at 3pm, follows a Greene King IPA Championship match at St Peter four weeks earlier; this game was won at the death by the Islanders, with Niall O'Connor's penalty clinching a 27-25 victory. Pirates gained revenge with a late comeback of their own in the B&I game at the Mennaye Field last weekend, winning 31-20 thanks to two tries in the last four minutes.
Tomorrow's match will be the first at home for Steve Boden since he was made Jersey's Interim Head Coach following the departure of Director of Rugby Ben Harvey.
Boden has picked a strong squad for the Pirates' visit, although he remains without some key personnel in the back division. While David Bishop and Grant Pointer return to the starting XV, Nicky Griffiths and Ed Dawson remain unavailable alongside long-term absentees Tom Cooper and Aaron Penberthy.
While the likes of Nick Selway, Tom Fidler (pictured below claiming a try against Ayr in October) and Dave Markham are handed chances to impress in the starting line-up, Jersey's bench boasts some real forward power, including a number of players who have been first choices during the season to date.
The JRFC preview to the match is available HERE
Jersey squad v Cornish Pirates (British & Irish Cup)
(H) - December 14th 2013, k-o 3pm
Alex Rae (capt)
Elvis Taione, Sean McCarthy, David Young, Nick Campbell, James Voss, Jimmy Williams, Jack Burroughs