Jersey captain Alex Rae and second row colleague Nick Campbell
are both back in the Islanders' line-up for the final pre-season
match of 2014/15. Jersey face Blackheath at St Peter on Saturday,
starting at 4pm.
Both lock forwards have recovered from injury niggles in order
to take their place in the starting line-up, and are among four
players set to play their first rugby of the new season. The others
are Grant Pointer, who is named at right wing, and back row man Joe
Buckle, who is among the replacements.
South African Jason Thomas will make his first appearance in his
preferred position of hooker after a short cameo appearance as a
back row replacement against Bath last weekend.
Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon, a former Player-Coach with
Blackheath, said he was pleased with his squad's pre-season efforts
to date: a 10-34 defeat to Aviva Premiership side Bath, preceded by
a 43-0 win over Scottish club Ayr.
"It's all about getting the players ready for our first league
match at Moseley next weekend," he said. "I've been aiming to give
all members of the squad game time and try out different
"It's great to have Alex, Nick, Grant and Joe back in the
picture, especially the captain, and I know that they'll be working
really hard to make my job very difficult when the 22 players for
Moseley have to be chosen next week."
Jersey played against Biljon's former club, the oldest in
England having been formed in 1858, twice in National Division One
in 2011/12, winning 23-27 at Rectory Field in south-east London and
completing the double with a 32-5 victory at St Peter. Jersey
finished the season as National One champions, while the Londoners
were third in the table.
The Island's amateur 2nd XV, Jersey Athletic, will also be in
action at St Peter, taking on Blackheath Heathens at 12noon.
JRFC 1st XV vs Blackheath
1. Sam Lockwood
2. Jason Thomas
3. Harry Williams
4. Nick Campbell
5. Alex Rae (capt)
6. Michael Noone
7. Ryan Hodson
8. Paula Kaho
9. Ryan Glynn
10. Jonny Bentley
11. Jack Burroughs
12. Lewis Robling
13. Drew Locke
14. Grant Pointer
15. Tommy Bell
Replacements - Forwards
16. Ignacio Lancuba
17. Gareth Harris
18. Danny Herriot
19. Pierce Phillips
20. Ben Maidment
21. Joe Buckle
22. Dave Markham
23. Joel Dudley
24. Aaron Penberthy
25. Mark McCrea
26. Dai Bishop
27. Mark Foster
Jersey's first league match at St Peter will be when Doncaster
Knights visit the Island on Saturday September 13th.
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