Jersey Reds to host Leicester Tigers

JERSEY REDS will play one of the biggest names in the domestic game as part of their preparations for the new campaign.

Leicester Tigers last visited Jersey in 2012 Picture: DAVID FERGUSON
Leicester Tigers last visited Jersey in 2012 Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

Premiership giants Leicester Tigers will visit the Island in August for a pre-season training camp based at Strive that will conclude with a match against the Reds at Stade Santander on Friday 27 August.

Jersey’s preparations for the new season are already well advanced, with up to ten new faces expected to join the squad for what director of rugby Harvey Biljon said would be a ‘big’ season.

‘There’s a lot of excitement around rugby in the Island. For Leicester Tigers to come over and want to play us shows the Reds are firmly on the rugby map,’ he said.

Tigers have won ten national league titles, as well as securing back-to-back Heineken Cup wins in 2001 and 2002.

While that dominance has waned in recent years, they still boast the likes of England fly half George Ford and prop Ellis Genge in their squad.

A young side narrowly lost to Montpellier in this season’s European Challenge Cup final and they currently sit sixth in the Premiership.

Biljon expects the match to be an exciting affair for the fans.

‘For the players, they get to experience playing against a team that constantly perform at that level, they will learn a huge amount from that not only on the field, but by what’s expected as a professional rugby player.’

Full story in Wednesday's JEP.

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