Jersey RFC vote for fourth professional player/coach

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Former Tonga international Talite Ki’a Vaioleti ‘V’, a powerful second rower who played in some friendly games at the tail-end of last season will be signed up shortly.

Said the club’s reappointed director of rugby Dai Burton: ‘V is a powerful lad and it is a position we need to fill, with Roger Quirk retiring.

The decision to appoint an extra semi-professional player coach was passed unanimously.’ Promotion Tongan back rower Latu Maka’afi remains as a club pro and he and V will soon be joined by New Zealanders Samuel Tato Tuia and Kieaho Bloomfield, who will strengthen the half-back and three-quarter sections of a squad aiming to win promotion to London One this season.

Other changes last night were club stalwart Mary Medcalf standing down after 26 years as membership secretary and minis coach – she was awarded a life membership for her services – with Gina Kenwright taking over her secretary’s role.

Rad Montgomery also stood down after eight years as club captain, with Guy Hinks agreeing to take over.

Kate Adams was also awarded a life membership for her eight years of service as fixtures secretary and for work done over ten years on organising the successful Super Vets Tens Tournament.

Chairman Chris Scott was reappointed for what will be his sixth year.

The following Jersey RFC officials were appointed or reappointed last night: President: D Lapidus; Chairman: C Scott: Director of rugby: D Burton; Secretary: C Lynch; Club Captain: G Hinks; Treasurer: E Axford; Fixtures secretary: K Adams; Membership Secretary: G Kenwright; Business Manager: A Budworth; Academy representative: J N Metcalfe; Players representative: D Curzons; Members representative: T Hurford; Premises manager: D Henry.

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