Spinks becomes latest addition for 2015/16


Jersey have added another player to the 1st XV squad for the 2015/16 campaign, signing back row man Tommy Spinks from Guinness Pro 12 finalists Glasgow Warriors.

Spinks was born in Edinburgh and captained the Scottish Under 20 side in last year's Junior World Cup. He spent two seasons with London Scottish before returning north of the border last summer to join the Scottish Rugby Academy, and made his Pro 12 debut for Warriors against Munster in February. The 21-year-old has also played LV Cup rugby during a loan spell with Ospreys and won the Melrose Sevens with Glasgow Warriors.

Tommy Spinks Cropped

"Tommy is a player who was on the radar during his time as a Championship player and it's great to have secured the deal that will make him part of our squad," said Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "There'll be a number of changes to our back row options in the new season and Tommy will be a key part of that unit."

Among Spinks' new team-mates will be Wasps' winger Tom Howe, who was announced last month as coming to the Island on a season-long loan deal with the Aviva Premiership club. The 19-year-old has just been added to the England Under 20 squad for the forthcoming Junior World Cup in Italy, which commences next week, with England defending the trophy they won in 2014.

"This is a great opportunity for Tom to play on the biggest stage for international junior rugby," added Biljon. "We'll have to bide our time before he's able to come to Jersey, but we'll look forward to adding him to our squad during the latter stages of pre-season, when our supporters here will be able to see him in action."

Members of the Jersey squad will commence their training programme in June ahead of pre-season matches in August against Welsh Pro 12 region Scarlets on August 15th and English National 1 club Blackheath on August 22nd.

Jersey Squad 2015/16 (new signings marked *)

Forwards: Joe Buckle, Charlie Butterworth*, Nick Campbell, Ben Featherstone*, James Freeman*, Martin Garcia-Veiga, Cosma Garfagnoli*, Gary Graham, Nick Haining, Danny Herriott, Sam Lockwood, Dave Markham, Sean McCarthy*, Pierce Phillips, Alex Rae, Ignacio Saenz-Lancuba, Nick Selway, Tommy Spinks*.

Backs: Ross Adair*, Jack Burroughs, Mark Cooke*, Brendan Cope*, Ed Dawson, Joel Dudley, Oli Evans*, Sami Fisilau, Tom Howe*, Richard Lane*, Jack Moates*, Mark McCrea, Fautua Otto, Aaron Penberthy, Lewis Robling.

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