Team for Ayr


Director of Rugby, Ben Harvey has given seven players their first competitive starts of the season for Jersey as the Director of Rugby makes 11 changes to the line-up that beat Nottingham last time out.

The all change Islanders also feature every Jersey born player in their squad in the match day 22 for their opening match in this season's British & Irish Cup versus Ayr (Kick Off 15:00 tomorrow).

Ed Dawson returns to fitness and takes his place on the wing, whilst young Islander Jack Burroughs and James Copsey make up the back three. Aaron Penberthy gets his chance again at outside-half having impressed in the opening GKIPA Championship encounter against Plymuth and will partner Jimmy Williams at half-back.

It's all change in the front five of the scrum as Tom Fidler, Dave Felton, Nick Selway, Rob Anderson and Dave Markham are handed their first competitive starts of the season - Fidler and Selway capping their first full debut. James Voss returns to blindside flanker after fully recovering from a stiff neck and at number 8 Tom Brown is given the captaincy with Alex Rae sitting on the bench.

Harvey has selected a very strong replacements bench with Jersey born tight-head prop Jon Brennan returning to fitness from his calf injury and will be looking to make a big impact as a substitute. Nick Campbell misses out on a rematch will his former teammates as Ben Maidment makes the 22.

To read the Jersey RFC big match preview please click on the following link: /news/preview-to-ayr-(h)-121013.aspx

Jersey RFC starting line-up:
15    Jack Burroughs
14    James Copsey
13    Drew Locke
12    Tom Cooper
11    Ed Dawson
10    Aaron Penberthy
9      Jimmy Williams
1      Tom Fidler
2      David Felton
3      Nick Selway
4      Rob Anderson
5      David Markham
6      James Voss
7      Joe Buckle
8      Tom Brown ©

16    Luke Stratford
17    Jon Brennan
18    Alex Rae
19    Ben Maidment
20    Joel Dudley
21    Niall O'Connor
22    Mark McCrea

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