Jersey squad confirmed for Albion clash07/11/2014
Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon has revealed his squad for the vital match against Plymouth Albion as both sides resume their 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship campaigns.
Saturday's clash at St Peter (kick-off 3pm) is a vital one for both sides: Jersey are looking to build on a modest start to the league season and push on from their current position in eighth place in the league table; 12th-place Albion will also be striving for victory having not won a competitive match since March 8th. The Devon side's 15-game run since then began with defeat at Jersey's hands and they suffered the same fate in their most recent outing when the two sides met in the British & Irish Cup at Brickfields.
"It is a very big game, the start of a three-game burst of league action that includes trips to London Scottish and Worcester," said Biljon. "We lost both our opening league matches this season and want to get that winning feeling back for our home support at St Peter."
Biljon's starting XV has four changes in personnel and three positional switches from the side who travelled to Bedford in early October.
Joel Dudley comes into the scrum-half position following injury to Nicky Griffiths, Mark Foster is selected at right wing and Grant Pointer moves to full-back in place of Jack Burroughs. Jonny Bentley retains the fly-half berth in spite of a strong showing during recent B&I Cup games by Aaron Penberthy.
In the forwards, Dave Markham (pictured above in free-scoring mode against Carmarthen) and Nick Campbell team up in the engine room, with Pierce Phillips ruled out through injury and skipper Alex Rae slotting in at blind-side; Nick Haining moves across the back row to number 8 in place of Michael Noone.
Noone, Penberthy and Burroughs are on the Jersey replacements' bench alongside scrum-half Ryan Glynn and the front row trio of 'Nacho' Lancuba, Gareth Harris and Jon Brennan.
Jersey squad v Plymouth Albion - Greene King IPA
Championship, Saturday November 8th, St Peter - k-o
Alex Rae (capt)