Jersey send strong Cup squad to Dublin16/10/2014
Jersey prepare to challenge Cup holders in Dublin's fair
Jersey will be seeking to build on a fine start to this season's British & Irish Cup when they tackle the winners for the past two seasons, Leinster 'A' in a Friday night game under the Donnybrook lights.
The Islanders defeated Carmarthen Quins by 37-17 at St Peter in the opening round of the B&I last weekend, sealing a maximum five points thanks to a last-minute interception try.
Leinster 'A' also made a winning start, securing four points thanks to a 24-31 win at Plymouth Albion, and the winner of Friday's second round match will have a fine prospect of challenging for a quarter-final place.
Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon has selected a strong squad for the trip to Dublin, recalling a number of players who featured in the opening weeks of Jersey's Greene King IPA Championship campaign.
Jonny Bentley, Drew Locke and Lewis Robling return to the Jersey back division, while in the forwards the main change is a fresh back row unit, with Nick Haining, Michael Noone and Ryan Hodson stepping up - Hodson (pictured below) skippers the side with regular captain Alex Rae on the bench.
The three Jersey players who made their first competitive appearances of the season last weekend are rewarded for fine displays with places in this Friday's line-up: Nick Campbell starts at lock, while fly-half Aaron Penberthy and flanker Joe Buckle are among the replacements.
The two sides will be meeting for the third time after back-to-back B&I meetings in December 2012. The Irish region claimed a narrow 12-16 victory at St Peter but then claimed a big win on home soil with a 44-13 result at Donnybrook.
Jersey could meet up with former player Sean McCarthy, who
joined Leinster at the end of last season and played in last
Saturday's win at Plymouth, turning out at hooker rather than in
the loose-head prop position where he featured for the Islanders
over the two previous seasons.
Jersey squad v Leinster 'A' - British & Irish Cup (Pool 5), Friday October 17th, Donnybrook, Dublin - k-o 7.30pm
Ryan Hodson (capt)