Jersey side for first home league clash


Ben Harvey has named his side for the opening home Greene King IPA Championship match of the season against Bedford Blues this Saturday at the home of Jersey RFC, St Peter (Kick Off 15:00).


The Jersey Director of Rugby has made only two changes to the starting line-up that ran out at Sandy Park in the Double Header against Plymouth Albion last weekend. The forward pack remains unchanged, whilst Harvey has rotated his half-backs on the replacements bench.

Latu Makaafi (fractured jaw) and Drew Locke (shoulder injury) have joined Jersey born props Jon Brennan and Myles Landick on the injured list, whilst centre Locke should be back in contention the following week it is expected flanker Makaafi will remain side-lined for a couple of months.

Summer signing and outside-half Niall O'Connor returns to the first XV for his first competitive start in Jersey colours as the impressive Aaron Penberthy moves to the substitutes bench. Also in the back-line Mark McCrea slots into outside centre having returned to full fitness in place of the injured Locke.

The forward replacements also remain unchanged, bar permanent summer signing Joe Buckle who replaces Makaafi. Jimmy Williams also earns his first selection in the competitive squad as replacement scrum-half with the battle between him, Griffiths and Dudley continuing to be a close call.

To read the Jersey RFC big match preview please click on the following link: /news/preview-to-bedford-(h)-210913.aspx

Jersey RFC starting line-up:

15      Grant Pointer
14      Mark Foster
13      Mark McCrea
12      Dai Bishop
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        Fred Silcock
8        Tom Brown

16      David Felton
17      Nick Selway
18      Tom Fidler
19      Dave Markham
20      Joe Buckle
21      Jimmy Williams
22      Aaron Penberthy

Match Sponsored by HSBC

Image courtesy of Sue Trower


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