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Jersey RFC officially become 'Jersey Reds'

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Jersey Rugby Club will officially be known as 'Jersey Reds' from the start of the 2016/17 season.

The renaming signifies an official adoption of a widely-used nickname for the club, and the familiar red shirts will remain synonymous with Island rugby when Jersey Reds play their first matches in August.

The club's executive committee has taken the decision to make the switch from to maximise the appeal to players and supporters alike.

The new name encompasses the 1st team squad, who will shortly begin training ahead of their fifth season in the Greene King IPA Championship, as well as Jersey Athletic, Jersey Ladies and the club's thriving mini and junior section.

'Previously we have been simply 'Jersey', which means we have the same name as the Island itself and virtually all of the sports teams which represent the Island.

Jersey Reds will be a uniquely rugby-related title and we expect it to become widely-used and popular.'

– Mark Morgan, Chairman Jersey Reds

The new Jersey Reds identity has been registered with the Rugby Football Union and will be unveiled officially ‪on June 1st.


Former All Black signs for Jersey RFC

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Jersey RFC have confirmed the signings of two players from the Scarlets in Wales - Regan King and Kieran Hardy.

A capped All Black early in his career, and recognised as one of the most talented threequarters in the game while playing at the top level of domestic rugby in Wales and France, King will be parading his skills as part of the Jersey midfield in 2016/17.

Young scrum-half Hardy will also be making the move from Scarlets to Reds in time for pre-season training to commence in June.

"Regan is a fantastically gifted player who will be the perfect addition to our squad, helping to bring on the likes of Brendan Cope and Sam Katz, and offering a different perspective to our backs, particularly in terms of their attacking skills.

People will talk about Regan's age, but that's not an issue for me - he has made well over 20 appearances for the Scarlets this season and has expressed real enthusiasm about playing for Jersey once we get next season underway."

– Harvey Biljon, Head Coach Jersey RFC

Aaron Penberthy set to leave JRFC after Siam Cup

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Jersey RFC have confirmed the departure of Aaron Penberthy at the end of the current season after a three-year stay at the club.

Penberthy, 23, joined the Reds from Cornish Pirates in summer 2013 and has made around 50 appearances for Jersey, split between the fly-half and full-back positions.

Penberthy is expected to make his final appearance for Jersey in the Ipes Siam Cup clash with rivals Guernsey on May 7th.

"Aaron and I have talked at length about his future, and I have told him that I think the best thing for him at this stage of his career is to seek a new challenge where he will get more regular game-time.

"We have known each other for a long time, since we were both at Pirates, but decisions like this are part of the nature of professional sport. Aaron's made a significant contribution during his time here - the club is grateful for what he's done and wishes him well for the future."

– Head Coach Harvey Biljon

Sam Lockwood named in Championship Dream XV

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Sam Lockwood has been named in the Championship Dream XV 2015-16

With an impressive 50% of the votes for players at his position, he's the only Jersey player to make the selection. He's also the only player to keep his place from last year's selection.

The Newcastle born prop was chosen for his ball carrying ability and his defensive work rate.

The 28-year-old has made 50 appearances for the Reds and scored five tries since moving to St Peter in January 2014. He will be leaving for the premiership team Newcastle Falcons next season.

An honourable mention also goes out to Jersey born Michael Le Bourgeois, currently playing at Bedford, who came close to claiming a spot at Centre.

For the full team list click here.

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