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Rae confirmed as new Jersey RFC forwards coach

Alex Rae, JRFC's new forwards coach Photo: Jacquie Ranieri

Jersey RFC captain, Alex Rae, has been confirmed as the club's new forwards coach.

ITV News exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Rae had applied for the role and the Reds have decided that he is the right man to replace Steve Boden.

It means the skipper will retire from playing at the end of this season - after games against Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship and Guernsey in the Siam Cup - before taking up his new role ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

I'm really chuffed and honoured to have been given this role. I've had ambitions to eventually coach when my playing days were over, and although the chance has come sooner than expected, it's a fantastic opportunity for me.

– ALEX RAE, FORWARDS COACH, JERSEY RFC
Rae playing for Jersey RFC Credit: Rich Chapman

Alex's leadership skills have been a great asset to the club over the past three seasons and will leave him well placed to make the transition to coaching. He's spent seven years in the Championship and knows the division inside out, and I know he'll be working really hard from the word go.

– HARVEY BILJON, HEAD COACH, JERSEY RFC

Rae's appointment comes after it was confirmed last week Boden would be leaving for Yorkshire Carnegie in the summer, Jersey's opponents in their last Championship match of the season on Saturday.

The league match will be Boden's last at St Peter, Rae's last as a player and Bill Dempsey's last as Chairman before being replaced by Mark Morgan.