Coventry (H) 31.08.13


Tomorrow will be Jersey's second and final pre-season friendly match before the start of the Greene King IPA Championship in only a few weeks as they battle with old rivals Coventry RFC at St. Peter (KO 4pm).

Locke vs Tig

There are three changes to the Jersey starting line-up, including Tom Cooper having impressed from the bench last time out, Mark McCrea returning from injury and a first start for tight-head prop Dave Young. Newly signed prop Nick Selway will feature immediately in the Jersey squad as he takes his place as a replacement with another four summer signings also named in a strong substitutes bench.

After last Saturday's defeat to Aviva Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers, Jersey' front-row forwards Jon Brennan and Tom Fidler will miss the match through injury as does fellow injured loose-head Myles Landick.

Captain Alex Rae will again lead the side out for only the second time against his home town Club, Coventry. Rae said: "I'm really looking forward to the match, it always means a lot to play against your home town club, but it is a vital match in our preparations for the league campaign.

"It was disappointing to loose heavily to Tigers, but I think we learnt a lot and gave a decent account of ourselves in our first match together as a new unit. The group have trained hard all week and we are looking to grasp our first win of the season."

Jersey starting line-up:

15  Grant Pointer
14  Mark McCrea
13  Drew Locke
12  Tom Cooper
11  Mark Foster
10  Niall O'Connor
9    Nicky Griffiths
1    Sean McCarthy
2    Elvis Taione
3    Dave Young
4    Nick Campbell
5    Alex Rae
6    Fred Silcock
7    Joe Buckle
8    Tom Brown


16. Dave Felton, 17. Luke Stratford, 18. Nick Selway, 19. Rob Anderson, 20. Dave Markham, 21. James Voss, 22. Ben Maidment, 23. Jimmy Williams, 24. Joel Dudley, 25. Dai Bishop, 26. Ed Dawson, 27. James Copsey, 28. Jack Burroughs.


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