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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.

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James Freeman nominated for Championship Player of the Month Award

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Jersey's James Freeman has been nominated for the penultimate Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month Award.

Freeman won his first nomination, after impressing during the club's win over Rotherham Titan. The flanker scored two tries at St Peters during Jersey's 44-27 victory, one after running onto a high kick and the other from an impressive maul.

He was also instrumental in the Jersey pack whose late penalty tries helped narrowly overcome Nottingham and London Scottish.

Other nominees for the March award come from Rotherham Titans, Doncaster Knights and Yorkshire Carnegie.

March Player of the Month nominees Andy Saull (Yorkshire Carnegie) Barney Maddison (Rotherham Titans) James Freeman (Jersey) Will Hurrell (Doncaster Knights)

To vote for your March Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month, visit www.englandrugby.com/champ-potm

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Good win for Raiders over Gravesend

Guernsey put in a solid performance in front of their home crowd this afternoon by beating struggling Gravesend 31-3.

A hat-trick by Luke Sayer put the Raiders up 17-3 at the half and there would be no way back for the visitors. Tries for Malagodi and Walters in the second sealing the game.

Guernsey had lost their last two games in a row and were in 6th place in National 3 going into the weekend.

Michael Le Bourgeois extends contract with Bedford Blues

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Michael Le Bourgeois has had his contract extended by Bedford for the 2016/2017 season.

The 25-year-old became a member of the Bedford Blues squad in 2013 having moved from Jersey.

He started his rugby career in the Jersey Academy in 2008 before signing for the first team in 2011, becoming the first Jersey Academy graduate and Jersey born player to sign a professional contract with the club.

Le Bourgeois is a versatile player comfortable playing in the centre, fly half, on the wing and at full-back.

Harvey Biljon: "We deserve to be in final"

Jersey RFC Head Coach Harvey Biljon believes that his team deserve to be in the final after their agonising one point loss to Yorkshire Carnegie in the B&I Cup semi finals.

The Reds put in brave performance at one of the Championship's top sides but it was not quite enough, the game finishing 33-32.

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