Biljon switches backs for Bedford


Jersey's starting XV for Saturday's trip to Bedford shows three changes in the back-line.

Head Coach Harvey Biljon has chosen Mark McCrea (pictured below) and Grant Pointer at wing in preference to Jack Burroughs and Mark Foster, while Nicky Griffiths is given a start at scrum-half with Ryan Glynn switched to the bench.


In the pack, loose-head prop Sam Lockwood returns after injury. Ignacio Lancuba moves to the bench, where he is joined by veteran Jon Brennan; tight-head Brennan is in line for his first league appearance of the season, as is Tobias Hoskins, who will provide three-quarter cover for the Islanders.

"Competition for places remains tight, and that has led to the decision to give Mark McCrea and Grant opportunities this weekend," said Biljon. "We know we are in for a tough afternoon at Bedford and the squad will need to be at their best if we are to compete and have a shot at winning."

Jersey claimed the most important win of their two-year stay in the Greene King IPA Championship on their last visit to Goldington Road; a 31-41 victory secured an escape from relegation.

Jersey squad v Bedford (A) GKIPA Championship, Saturday October 4th, k-o 3pm

1.     Sam Lockwood
2.     Martin Garcia-Veiga
3.     Danny Herriott
4.     Pierce Phillips
5.     Alex Rae (capt)   
6.     Nick Haining
7.     Ryan Hodson
8.     Michael Noone
9.     Nicky Griffiths
10. Jonny Bentley
11. Mark McCrea
12. Lewis Robling
13. Drew Locke
14. Grant Pointer
15. Tommy Bell

16. Gareth Harris
17. Ignacio Lancuba
18. Jon Brennan
19. Dave Markham
20. Paula Kaho
21. Ryan Glynn
22. Tobias Hoskins

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