'We'd love to take three or four teams': Raiders excited by IoM air bridge idea

Guernsey Raiders would look to take several teams to the Isle of Man if talks over an 'air bridge' between the islands come to fruition, according to their director of rugby Jordan Reynolds.

The two Crown Dependencies have both moved to the penultimate stages of their respective lockdown exits, which has led to discussions about allowing people to travel freely between the two without the need to self-isolate.

"Once we first heard about it, I was pretty excited about it - any opportunity we can get at the moment is worth its weight in gold", Reynolds told ITV News.

"If this was able to happen, we'd love to take over three or four teams from here, maybe some supporters too."

"You've got to remember everyone lost their holidays in the summer, I'm sure there's a lot of people who want to get off the island and make a weekend of it."

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Reynolds said his club have already reached out to Douglas RFC, the Isle of Man's leading side who play two levels below Raiders, about setting up reciprocal fixtures at the end of summer.

"As a club we'd definitely be interested in that, but more so on the other point of getting them over to us as well."

"We've got hotels, bars, and restaurants that need as much business as possible and if we can get a huge contingent of Isle of Man people coming over here I think it can only help the island."

Raiders returned to full training on Tuesday but it is still unclear when their new season will start.

They were promoted back to National Two South, the fourth tier of English rugby, last season after final placings were calculated in London and South East Premier when the campaign was cut short because of coronavirus.