Skipper agrees new deal with Jersey RFC


Jersey RFC have announced that Club Captain Alex Rae has signed a new contract with the club extending until summer 2017.

28-year-old Rae is midway through his second season with Jersey. The second row forward, who also plays flanker, formerly played for Bedford, Wasps, Northampton and Saracens; last season he missed just one of the Islanders' 23 Greene King IPA Championship fixtures, as well as playing in the British & Irish Cup on four occasions and in the Siam Cup. This season he has featured in all 17 of Jersey's league and cup encounters so far.

Alex Rae Pirates

"This is fantastic news for the club and is a tribute to Alex's growing leadership skills and to the positive relationships he has both with his fellow players and the coaching team," said Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "He has really embraced life on the Island and has now committed himself to the club's future."

Rae said: "This is an exciting time to be involved with Jersey rugby and I really want to be part of that going forward. I've really enjoyed my time here so far and it feels very much like home, so re-signing is something I'm thrilled about."

Confirmation that the captain will remain involved follows news earlier this month of an identical contract for Assistant Coach Steve Boden, who is midway through his third season with Jersey.

The Islanders travel to Yorkshire this weekend for a crucial Greene King IPA Championship match against Doncaster Knights. After a weekend without a game, Jersey will be back at St Peter on Saturday January 31st when Nottingham are the visitors.

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