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Big hopes for rugby’s new faces

Friday 11 April 2014

Big hopes for rugby’s new faces

Jersey RFC hope their four new signings will help turn things around for the struggling side and kick-off a successful campaign next season.

Two new faces – Plymouth Albion’s Ben Rogers and Northampton Saints’ Danny Herriott will join the squad from the UK and Jack Burroughs and Sam Lockwood who both joined the Island side this season are being made permanent.

Jersey-born full-back Burroughs has played in every game since his league debut at Moseley just before Christmas, scoring four tries in the game against Nottingham in February.

Lockwood will become a permanent part of the Islanders' squad next season after being on loan from Greene King IPA Championship rivals Leeds Carnegie for the past three months. The 26-year-old loosehead has made six appearances for Jersey since making his debut against Bristol at the start of February.

Both the new faces are also front row players. 21-year-old Loosehead prop Ben Rogers has made more than 30 league and cup appearances during his two years with Albion, and was previously on the books at Exeter Chiefs.

Danny Herriott can play both loosehead and tighthead prop. The 21-year-old was part of the England Under 20 squad for the 2013 Six Nations. This season he has been playing as a dual-registered player with Loughborough Students in SSE National One.

Head Coach Harvey Biljon said: "I'm really pleased that the squad for next season is taking shape. The majority of the pieces should be in place by the end of April, and we will make further announcements during the rest of the month.

"Jack Burroughs has gone from strength to strength and earned the good run he's had in the number 15 shirt during the second half of the season, and Sam Lockwood has also impressed and provided genuine competition in our front row during his time here.

“We will also look forward to the arrival of Danny and Ben - two impressive young players who I'm sure will be looking to take the next steps in their career and help the club to a successful 2014/15 campaign."

The current Jersey squad are currently preparing for the final four games of 2013/14 starting with a tough trip this weekend to play-off contenders London Welsh who they lost to 33-26 when they last met. Welsh have won their last six games and are currently four points behind leaders Bristol.

The Jersey side have had a disappointing season winning only five matches in the Green King IPA Championship. They go into this weekend’s game with an eight point cushion at the foot of the table above Ealing Trailfinders.

 Their last home match of the season is on 19 April when London Scottish visit St Peter.  

They’ll then travel to Bedford for a league trip before finishing with the Siam Cup in Guernsey on 3 May where they’ll be looking to retain the title.

 

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