Rae shows Jersey colours at GKIPA Championship Launch


This Tuesday Jersey's first team captain, Alex Rae travelled to London for the launch of the 2013/14 Green King IPA Championship. 

Alex Rae IPA

There he met with the eleven other captains from the second tier of professional rugby as well as former England and Scotland Head Coach Andy Robinson, who took the reins at promotion favourites Bristol last spring, in a Greene King pub in St Margaret's, Twickenham.

The launch celebrates the start of the new season which is planned to be Jersey's most exciting to date and kicks off on the weekend of September 14/15 with Greene King IPA's Big Rugby Weekend.

The weekend will include three double header matches including Jersey v Plymouth Albion which will be shown live on Sky Sports in the Islanders' debut outing on Sky.

On his return to the Island and before his trip to France for a pre-season training camp Rae said: "It's great to get together ahead of a new season and meet your future opponents. All captains seemed really confident and certainly each squad and club are improving year on year.

"It's great to have a sponsor on board this year as I think they have been looking for one for some years and hopefully Greene King will help promote the quality of the Championship.

"The increased Sky coverage should also help and all the boys are looking forward to the first outing in the double header against Plymouth at Sandy Park later this month. It's a cliché but we really are taking each game as it comes and our focus remains solely on Plymouth who have also strengthened.

"We respect each opponent in this league and although we aren't going to be shouting about promotion plans this season, we don't want to be in a relegation battle again and our aim is to give our fans something to cheer about."

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