News 2017-18

Reds head to Brittany for pre-season contest


Jersey Reds from the Channel Islands and RC Vannes from Brittany will play a pre-season match in France in August.

The two clubs play in the second level of the domestic game - Jersey Reds in the Greene King IPA Championship in England and RC Vannes in the Pro D2 in France. They will meet at Stade Yves Chapron in the coastal resort of Arzon, 30 kilometres south of Vannes on Saturday August 5th at 7pm. RC Vannes' home ground, Stade de la Rabine, is unavailable to host the match due to pitch improvement works.

Ticket details are available via THIS LINK - they cost €10 for adults and are available in advance or on the day.

Jersey Reds Head Coach Harvey Biljon said: "This is the first time we've had a game against French opposition in the professional era - it's an exciting prospect and will provide a really good test for our squad as we build up to the new season."


RC Vannes was formed in 1950. The club reached the third level of the French domestic game - Fédérale 1 - in 2006 and a decade later gained promotion to Pro D2. In the recently-concluded 2016/17 season the Breton side finished 11th of the 16 clubs in the division, ensuring that they will retain their status for next season.

The match will be the first hit-out of 2017/18 for Jersey Reds, who will also take on Coventry at St Peter on Saturday August 12th. A third pre-season match is anticipated the following weekend, with the opening Championship matches following on the first weekend of September.

Le club des Jersey Reds des Îles Anglo-Normandes et le RC Vannes de Bretagne disputeront un match de pré-saison en France en août.

Les deux clubs jouent en deuxième division : Jersey Reds dans le Greene King IPA Championnat en Angleterre et RC Vannes en Pro D2 en France.

Ils se réuniront au stade Yves Chapron d’Arzon le samedi 5 août à 19h00.

L’entraîneur principal des Jersey Reds Harvey Biljon a déclaré: « Il s’agira de notre première opposition contre une équipe française depuis la mise en place du rugby professionnel - c'est une perspective existante et un très bon test pour la nouvelle équipe que nous sommes en train de bâtir pour la saison prochaine".


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Why not come and chillout in the ‘Watering Hole’ before the game? A full-bar and food is available and you can enjoy some live music after the game.