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Local boy McClurg called into Reds squad

McClurg has been one of Jersey Reds Athletic's leading performers over the last year. Photo: Jacqueline Ranieri

Jersey Reds Athletic back Scott McClurg has been called up by Reds’ boss Harvey Biljon for Friday’s British & Irish Cup opener.

The former Les Quennevais pupil has been training part-time with the Championship squad and will take his place among the replacements for the home game against Yorkshire Carnegie.

They've been really supportive and the 1st team players have really helped me to settle in. The chance to be in the squad has come sooner than I dreamed it would but I'm determined to enjoy it and give it my best shot.

– Scott McClurg, Jersey Reds

Meanwhile, Jersey have also bolstered their injury-hit squad with the signing of forward Jake Upfield from Australia.

The 22-year-old has been playing for Bond University in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, and was formerly a reserve for Australian Schoolboys.

As has happened with other players, we've identified someone who we believe has genuine potential and can now develop in a full-time environment where we can develop his strength and conditioning and his skills. He has great athleticism and is a great line-out operator and is an exciting prospect for the club.

– Harvey Biljon, Head Coach, Jersey Reds

Jersey Reds, beaten finalists in the B&I Cup last year, will be hoping to find form in the competition once again after losing their last three games in the Championship.

Tongan international Uili Kolo’ofa’i is set to make his first appearance this season, while the two new signings start on the bench.

Jersey Reds: Jason Worrall, Tom Pincus, Ellis Abrahams, Apakuki Ma’afu, Josh Hodson, Brendan Cope, Kieran Hardy; Roy Godfrey (c), Nick Selway, Jake Armstrong, James Voss, Uili Kolo’ofa’i, Rory Bartle, Conor Joyce, Matt Rogerson.

Replacements: Jack Macfarlane, Jordan Brodley, Alec Clarey, Jerry Sexton, Jake Upfield; Joel Dudley, Scott McClurg.