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Capped Players

Jersey’s internationally-capped players (stats correct at 5/8/2018).

Four members of the current Jersey 1st team squad have won full international caps for their country.

LEE-ROY ATALIFO

Arrived in Jersey in August 2017, becoming the club’s first Fijian signing. The tight-head prop has nine caps for his country, including two matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and an appearance against England at Twickenham in November 2016. His previous
clubs include Canterbury in New Zealand and Rugby Rovigo Delta in Italy. He was also part of the Fiji squad for the 2018 Autumn International.

APUKUKI MA'AFU

Is a threequarter who made his debut for Tonga in the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup, playing in matches against Fiji and Samoa, plus a
one-off test against Georgia. His team-mates included a former member of the Jersey Reds squad, Uili Kolo’ofa’i. Prior to coming to Jersey in November 2016 he played for the previous two seasons for the New South Wales Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship, the top tier of domestic rugby union in Australia. With two older brothers having also played international rugby, the Ma’afu family has the unusual claim of representing three different nations:
Campese, a prop forward, has made 56 appearances for Fiji and played in England for Nottingham and Northampton Saints; while Salesi, also a prop, has 14 caps for Australia.

HILTON MUDARIKI

Joined the Reds in summer 2018. The scrum-half was born in Harare and played some of his early caps for Zimbabwe alongside former
Jersey player Kingsley Lang, as well as representing his country at Sevens. Hilton played at under 19 level for Western Province before enrolling at the University of Johannesburg, where he studied Sports Psychology and played Varsity Cup rugby prior to his move to Europe. Hilton has won 16 caps for Zimbabwe.

JANCO VENTER

Was another player to move from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere in summer 2018. The back row man played the majority of his rugby in South Africa, including representing Western Province at under 19 and senior level, and in the Varsity Cup competition for the Maties club attached to the University of Stellenbosch. He represented Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hopes to help his country qualify for the 2019 tournament in Japan. He currently has 23 caps, including recently playing against his Reds’ team-mate Hilton Mudariki in an Africa Gold Cup (and RWC qualifier).

Several other players have won international honours at 'A' team, age group or student levels - see the 'Player Profiles section for more information.

Two Jersey-born players who have won international honours are shown below:

MATT BANAHAN

Of Gloucester (and formerly Bath and JRFC 1st XV before he left the Island in 2006), won 16 caps for England, most recently during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, and scored four international tries.

MATT COOK

Formerly of JRFC, Bedford, La Vila and Tunbridge Wells, collected 27 caps – and scored three tries – playing for Spain between 2010 and his retirement from international rugby in March 2014. Matt is the son of former Jersey 1st XV Coach Colin Cook.

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