Jersey RFC U17s face tough Kent challenge in National Plate

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They have been selected as one of Hampshire’s teams to take on opposition from Kent in the London region quarter-finals.

Under competition rules the match should have been played in the UK on Sunday, but opponents Sidcup RFC agreed to travel after long negotiations resulted in permission being given by the RFU.

Sidcup have lost only once in 12 matches – and that a shoot-out defeat in the Kent Cup final following a 20-20 draw with Maidstone – and will rightly carry the tag of favourites.

Jersey, in comparison, rarely have matches for his age group as the Youth side, in the semi-finals of the Hampshire Cup next month, is made up of both U17s and U18s.

But there is certainly no shortage of talent in the Island, so even a side lacking match experience together can be expected to put on a really good show – especially with a big crowd expected at St Peter with the match being the pipe-opener to Jersey’s vital London South II fixture against Thanet Wanderers.

The Jersey squad, which contains seven Hampshire county caps at different age groups, is as follows: Paul Mourant, Ryan Bisson, Mark Livesey, Michael Le Bougeois, Oliver Harwood, Stephen Phelan, Joe Ellyatt, Marc Curtin, Alistair Dickson, Andrew Woodward, Ashton Barker, Chris Pople, Frazer Beeby, George Yates, Harry Manners, Jamie Stevenson, Joe Lewis, Karl Warder, Luke Carney, Marc Curtin, Rory Topping, Tom Nuth, Tom Taylor, William Campbell and William Hunter.

Coaches: Bob Shambrook, Mick Mayo and Mick Curzons.

Kick-off is at 12 noon.

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