Harvey names side for Plymouth mission


Ben Harvey has made eight changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's return to GKIPA Championship action with the arrival of Plymouth Albion to the Channel Islands as the Reds seek revenge for their opening day defeat to the West Country outfit (Kick Off 14:30).


Jersey will be looking to extend their good form in league and cup following victory over Ayr and a narrow loss to Ulster in the British & Irish Cup as Harvey's men continue to compete in both formats.

Notable changes in backs include James Copsey handed his first league start of the season on the right wing, whilst Nicky Griffiths and Grant Pointer return to scrum-half and full-back respectively. Top try scorer Ed Dawson keeps his place on the other wing with Mark McCrea moving to inside centre for the crucial encounter at St Peter.

In the pack, Nick Campbell returns to the starting XV alongside skipper Alex Rae and Tom Brown re-enters the fray at the base of the scrum. Sean McCarthy comes back into the front-row with familiar faces David Young and Elvis Taione who leaves for international duty with Tonga next week.

Harvey has selected another strong replacements bench featuring two JRFCA products David Felton and James Voss, whilst Nick Selway keeps his place in the squad having impressed since his late arrival. Half-backs Joel Dudley and Aaron Penberthy will hope to add pace in the later stages as the Islanders target their third competitive win of the season at St Peter.

To read the Jersey RFC big match preview please click on the following link: /news/preview-to-plymouth-(h)-261013.aspx

Jersey RFC starting line-up:

15 Grant Pointer, 14 James Copsey, 13 Drew Locke, 12 Mark McCrea, 11 Ed Dawson, 10 Niall O'Connor, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Sean McCarthy, 2 Elvis Taione, 3 David Young, 4 Nick Campbell, 5 Alex Rae ©, 6 Ben Maidment, 7 Joe Buckle, 8 Tom Brown.

Replacements: Tom Fidler, David Felton, Nick Selway, David Markham, James Voss, Joel Dudley, Aaron Penberthy.


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