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Reds face Scarlets in pre-season friendly

Jersey Rugby Club face Scarlets for today's pre-season friendly.

It's the first time the Reds have faced a Guinness Pro 12 side.

Four players make their first appearances of the new season: fly-half Aaron Penberthy, Fautua Otto, and props Ben Featherstone and Sam Lockwood.

Kick off's 4pm at St Peter.

Harvey Biljon's side then face Blackheath next weekend.

Jersey RFC set for Scarlets test

Jersey RFC are likely to face their stiffest pre-season test when they take on the Scarlets tomorrow at St Peter.

The match against the Welsh professional side, who compete in the Pro 12, is the second of three fixtures ahead of the new Championship campaign which gets underway in three weeks.

Harvey Biljon is aiming to give game time to all 36 members of his squad, with the pre-season schedule culminating in a home match against National One side, Blackheath, next Saturday.

Jersey RFC team to play the Scarlets:

Backs: 15 Rich Lane, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Fautua Otto, 12 Lewis Robling, 11 Mark McCrea, 10 Aaron Penberthy, 9 Jack Moates

Forwards: 1 Sam Lockwood, 2 Nick Selway, 3 Ben Featherstone, 4 Pierce Phillips, 5 Nick Campbell, 6 Alex Rae (capt), 7 James Freeman, 8 Nick Haining

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Reynolds warns against complacency in relegation fight

Guernsey RFC

Guernsey RFC Head Coach Jordan Reynolds has warned his team to be wary of their ‘desperate’ opposition in a crucial fortnight in their battle against relegation.

The Sarnians have won four of their last five fixtures and now face the division’s bottom two clubs CS Rugby (March 21) and Tring (March 28) in the coming weeks.

Guernsey recorded a shock win at promotion chasing London Irish Wild Geese last week, but Reynolds says these games could prove more difficult in their own way.

“I think honestly playing these bottom sides is more dangerous, they can’t have the complacency in their game they’ll just throw the kitchen sink at us.

“If we can take a win we’ll be a long way away from the relegation zone.

“We’ve always raised our game against the bigger team because of the pre-season matches we play and the Siam Cup, but we have to try and put it out of our mind that these two teams are at the bottom of the league.”

– Jordan Reynolds, Guernsey RFC Head Coach

Championship rivals Plymouth Albion call in administrators

Jersey's championship rivals Plymouth Albion are to appoint an administrator as part of efforts to secure its future. The rugby club is facing what it calls 'serious financial challenges' together with the threat of relegation from the Championship.

The club is calling on supporters to pack Brickfields for their next two home games this Saturday and on Saturday January 31st to help boost the team and the club's finances.

Issuing a Notice of Intention to appoint an administrator has been a difficult but necessary decision and is a reflection of the seriousness and imminent nature of the financial challenges which the club now faces. We continue to intensively explore all options but clearly time is not on our side.

– DR GRAHAM STIRLING, CHAIRMAN, PLYMOUTH ALBION
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