Barnes is back for Jersey

Rugby at St Peter. Jersey Reds (red) v Caldy (black). Dan Barnes gets tken down Picture: ROB CURRIE. (38043509)

JERSEY RFC “must be doing something right” said head coach Myles Landick, as yet another former Jersey Red has committed to turn out for the amateur side in the coming season.

Centre Dan Barnes spent three seasons with Jersey Reds and was set to embark on a fourth when the news broke that the club was to enter liquidation.

The 29-year-old subsequently skipped across to Guernsey for a short stint with the Raiders, while still providing assistance to JRFC Women, before moving to the Niort Rugby Club in France.

Landick is abundantly aware of the challenges that lie in wait for his men, in the wake of consecutive promotions, having been on his own journey with the Reds.

The addition of Barnes to fellow former Reds Scott Van Breda, Max Ayling and recently crowned player of the year Jack Macfarlane, brings with it a host of knowledge and experience, which will be crucial if the Islanders are to thrive at greater heights.

“What we have seen with several of the Jersey Reds coming back is both the love they have for the game, but also their love for Jersey,” said Landick.

“We must be doing something right if players want to represent an unpaid, amateur outfit.

“I think the players and all the coaches have helped create a wonderful culture within the group, which has been reflected in their play on the pitch.

“We saw with Scotty [Van Breda] and Mitch [James Mitchell] last season, that they have really enjoyed being around the team and Dan is no different.

“He has been really impressed with both the intensity and the standard in training sessions.

“Dan brings not only a great option for us on the pitch, but a whole wealth of experience and knowledge to transfer to some of our younger players.

“Our aim has been, and will continue to be, nurturing our youngsters and providing an important platform and pathway for them to develop.

“Adding experienced players like Dan doesn’t change that.

“If anything, he provides an additional resource to help our upcoming colts to grow and further develop.

“To have such great players, who know what it takes to thrive professionally, is invaluable.

“Everyone involved with both the men’s and women’s Jersey Rugby sides are really excited for what the new season will bring and the challenges that will come along with a new league.”

South Central Regional 1 teams:

Bracknell RFC



CS Stags 1863

Hammersmith & Fulham


Jersey RFC

London Welsh


Old Alleynians RFC

Tunbridge Wells


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