Jersey Reds v Newcastle Falcons-RFU Championship Cup 21/9/19
September 17 2019
Falcons kick off the new season with a Cup match against Jersey Reds.
RFU Championship Cup
Saturday, 3pm, Stade Santander International
Will Welch skippers the side in the injury-enforced absence of new co-captain George McGuigan, with fellow co-captain Michael Young named on the bench.
Darren Barry and Mike Daniels make their Newcastle Falcons debuts in Saturday’s season-opening trip to Jersey Reds. Former Worcester lock Barry partners Sean Robinson in the second row for the Championship Cup clash, with ex-Nottingham prop Daniels packing down on the tight-head side.
Adam Radwan partners Sinoti Sinoti in a potent wing pairing, Toby Flood starting at inside centre alongside fit-again Tom Penny, who has recovered from ACL surgery on his knee. Joel Hodgson starts at fly-half having missed most of last season through a broken leg, with all but two of the starting XV being English-qualified.
Head Coach Dave Walder Said "We are expecting a stern test against a Reds side who have enjoyed a busy summer, Jersey are an interesting side who have some very good players, and they seem to have the cup as a bit of a focal point".
Newcastle Falcons team to face Jersey Reds
15 Tom Arscott, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Tom Penny, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Sam Stuart, 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Mike Daniels, 4 Darren Barry, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Will Welch (captain), 7 Gary Graham ,8 Callum Chick
Replacements: 16 Charlie Maddison, 17 Sam Lockwood, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Toby Salmon, 20 Simon Uzokwe, 21 Michael Young, 22 Brett Connon, 23 George Wacokecoke
Reds’ DoR Harvey Biljon hands opportunities to five of his summer signings in the starting XV. Half-backs Luc Jones and Greg Dyer will make their competitive debuts, as does Welsh winger Tom Williams, who joins Leroy Van Dam and Auguy Slowik in the back three. In the absence of injured skipper Apakuki Ma’afu, Mark Best and James Newey form the centre partnership.
The other competitive debuts are in the pack: hooker TJ Harris, who moved to the Island from Wasps in June, will pack down alongside props Harry Morley and Alec Clarey. Charlie Beckett and Rory Bartle are paired in the second row, with the back row made up of new signing Josh Bainbridge, Conor Joyce and captain Max Argyle.
Jersey Reds 1st XV squad v Newcastle Falcons
Backs (15-9): Auguy Slowik; Tom Williams, James Newey, Mark Best, Leroy Van Dam; Greg Dyer, Luc Jones
Forwards (1-8): Harry Morley, TJ Harris, Alec Clarey, Charlie Beckett, Rory Bartle, Conor Joyce, Josh Bainbridge, Max Argyle (capt)
Replacements (16-23): Jack Macfarlane, Roy Godfrey, Zei Alexis, Alex Thompson, Jake Upfield; Will Homer, Brendan Cope, George Spencer
Information about Jersey the Venue:
The Barclays Pavilion Bar (adjacent to the Clubhouse) – is open to all supporters from 12 noon, offering full bar, including ‘Jersey Pride’ on handpump, plus food such as ‘special of the day’, ‘posh dogs’, pasties, burgers etc. It gets busy in the hour leading up to kick-off.
Other mobile units around the ground, opening around two hours prior to kick-off, will also be serving food and drink. The Club Shop near the main entrance to the group opens at 1pm on match-days until 5pm.
The Clubhouse is open to all after the match and we will only restrict admission if we’ve reached capacity. The bars in the marquee and Pavilion will also remain open for at least an hour after the final whistle. After this, spectators can migrate to The Clubhouse.
The ground is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the airport:
Taxi – to/from the ground to town, St Helier will be around £15.00
Bus – There’s the No. 9 bus to/from St Helier at £2.20 which stops outside the ground or the No. 15 bus to the Airport or the No. 22 to L’Etacq. Visit Liberty Bus for all bus times.
Car – There is free parking available close to the ground, but traffic tends to be busy, so please allow lots of time.
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