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Jersey RFC gets a boost from the arrival of two talented young backs on loan from Bath

Photo: Bath Rugby Club

Jersey Rugby Club's squad has been boosted by the arrival of two backs on loan from Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby.

Rory Jennings and Max Clark will play with Jersey for the rest of the 2015/16 season. Both have played for England at Under 20 level and featured in the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship.

The pair of 20-year-olds will now have the opportunity to gain experience with Jersey over the next three months, providing additional options for the Island side, who currently lie fifth in the Greene King IPA Championship table.

Jennings is a fly-half who won nine England U20 caps, scoring almost 100 points from the kicking tee, and featured in Bath's LV Cup campaign in 2014/15.

Credit: Bath Rugby Club

Clark's primary position is at centre but he can also play at full-back; he won six England U20 caps, scoring two tries at this level, and made his Premiership debut for Bath last October.

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"It's great that we have been able to add two really exciting young players to our squad going into the final three months of the season,

Max and Rory will provide some real competition for places with our existing squad members, which will help towards our aim of maintaining or improving our current league standing.

We've had to work hard to consolidate our position in the Championship, raising standards on and off the pitch, to a level where I can talk to my counterparts at Premiership clubs and secure players of this calibre.

I'm grateful to Bath Rugby for allowing Rory and Max to join us on loan and believe all parties will benefit from this arrangement."

– Harvey Biljon, Jersey Head Coach

The two new arrivals at St Peter link up with another loan signing, Tom Howe of Wasps, who was also part of the England Under 20 squad who won the 2015 U20 6 Nations title and then reached the final of the 'Junior World Cup' in Italy in June, losing 21-16 to New Zealand.

Howe has had a big impact on Jersey since his arrival, scoring numerous tries including a hat trick against Connaght in the B&I cup and this superb dive and catch effort against Dragons this weekend:

Their arrival comes at a busy time for Jersey RFC, just last week they signed South African prop forward Simon Kerrod.

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And a few days before that they announced they have extended the contracts of four of their key back-row players: Lewis Robling, Ross Adair, Rich Lane and Brendan Cope.