Throwing down the gauntlet

AS expected, Jersey’s director of rugby Ben Harvey has made sweeping changes to his starting line-up for Friday night’s vital RFU Championship clash with Doncaster Knights.

Guy Thompson, one of Jersey’s top line-breakers, returns to the team for tomorrow night’s vital clash
Guy Thompson, one of Jersey’s top line-breakers, returns to the team for tomorrow night’s vital clash

AS expected, Jersey’s director of rugby Ben Harvey has made sweeping changes to his starting line-up for Friday night’s vital RFU Championship clash with Doncaster Knights.

Jersey travel to Yorkshire planning to field a XV that has eight changes in personnel to the team that started against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.

‘There have been some difficult calls in selection,’ admitted Harvey. ‘Some players really put their hands up against Newcastle, such as the starting props, and deserve another chance, but I’ve also got some players who’ve been in great form this season, such as (Guy) Thompson and (Michael) Le Bourgeois, who I wanted to get back into the side.

‘I’m sure Doncaster will be motivated, with a new man-in-charge [director of rugby Clive Griffiths] and back in front of their home fans after a big defeat last weekend, but I can’t control that – I want my boys to focus on what they have to do, and if they perform to their collective ability then I’m confident we can achieve the result.’

• See today's JEP for team selection