Jersey line-up for Tigers game23/08/2013
This game will be an early test for both players and coaches before the start of the new Greene King IPA Championship next month with new captain Alex Rae leading his team out for the first time at St. Peter in front of a large home crowd.
The day of Jersey RFC's first preseason-match against Leicester Tigers is nearly upon us, and the excitement is almost tangible. With Aviva Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers expected to name a full-strength side the battle at hand for the new look JRFC is greater than ever and will need the whole Island behind them (KO 3pm).
There will be six new players starting in the Jersey line-up, including lock forward Rae who is hoping to lead the team to victory. There will be further seven new players on the replacements bench including two recent local signings; Luke Stratford and Jack Burroughs. Both of whom have progressed though the JRFC Academy and can't wait for the season to start with a potential debut for Stratford against Tigers.
Myles Landick, Mark McCrea and Joel Dudley will be missing the game though injury, while returning signing Latu Makaafi will miss the game due to suspension following a red card received while playing for Rotherham Titans at the end of last season.
After Leicester's 35-21 victory over Jersey last year, the game is expected to be an even closer and more exciting match with several British and Irish Lions expected to feature.
Forward and Defence coach Steve Boden said: "It's a huge game for the Club, by the sounds of it Tigers will have their first choice fifteen out and will be going out to destroy us.
"But mark my words we will be doing exactly the same. Last year was amazing, there's going to be a massive crowd and the atmosphere will be electric up here."
Tickets are still available in all of the usual spots, but it is advised at this late stage that there will be plenty of tickets available on match day at both entrance gates.
Jersey 1st XV:
15 Grant Pointer
14 Mark Foster
13 Drew Locke
12 David Bishop
11 Ed Dawson
10 Niall O'Connor
9 Nicky Griffiths
1 Sean McCarthy
2 Elvis Taione
3 Jon Brennan
4 Nick Campbell
5 Alex Rae ©
6 Fred Silcock
7 Joe Buckle
8 Tom Brown
16 Tom Fidler, 17 Dave Felton, 18 Dave Young, 19 Dave Markham, 20 Rob Anderson, 21 Jame Voss, 22 Luke Stratford, 23 Jimmy Williams, 24 Aaron Penberthy, 25 Tom Cooper, 26 Jack Burroughs, 27 James Copsey, 28 Ben Maidment.
Written by Emma Glendening