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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
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