Jersey squad named for Kassam clash11/04/2014
After the disappointment of a recent home defeat to Moseley, Jersey supporters will be hoping that a brief hiatus from regular league fixtures to allow for the B&I Cup Quarter Finals, will see a rejuvenated Jersey squad travel to Oxford and gain vital points in what is sure to be a testing encounter against a formidable London Welsh outfit.
The teams last met in early January in what proved to be a very evenly contested encounter. Since then, London Welsh have continued steadily on an upward curve whilst the men from The Channel Islands' fortunes have been more of a mixed bag. With the season drawing to an imminent close and Ealing hot on the heels, every point gained will be crucial in the struggle to ensure Championship rugby at St. Peter next season.
In the forwards, the tight five remains unchanged from the team's last run out. Following a disciplinary hearing which sees an on form Latu Makaafi sidelined for 2 matches, Joe Buckle switches from a familiar 7 to blindside, with Ryan Hodson coming on to the openside.
In the back division, Mark McCrea moves back from the wing to inside centre where he has proved a potent attacking threat this season. In his place out wide, Ed Dawson is recalled to action to play at a ground which promises to provide opportunities for expansive rugby for the back 3. Joel Dudley has been handed the 9 shirt and will partner Aaron Penberthy who suffered a knock in the warm up to the Moseley game but is once again available and continues to cement his place at 10.
The replacements see three changes with the inclusion of Tom Fidler, Dave Markham covering the second row and a switch to the bench for David Bishop who will provide cover for the outside backs.
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Jersey squad v London Welsh RFC (A) Saturday April 12th April 2014, k-o 2.00pm
Alex Rae (capt)