Welcome to our second pre-season fixture, I trust that you are all beginning to recognise the new faces in the squad.
This season we also have new additions off the field and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ed Robinson (assistant coach), Shaun Slater (analyst) and Emlyn Lynch (Head physio).
I must also give a special mention to Ciaran Pack who has been volunteering, I have no doubt this will be the start of him finding himself a career in professional sport. Thus far all of them have had a real positive influence on the squad and will add real value to the Reds.
Harlequins playing the Reds at Stade Santander International, how great does that sound?
To all the players, staff and supporters that have travelled over from London I am sure that you will enjoy the game and hopefully get the chance to see some of this beautiful island.
There are exciting times ahead for Harlequins with Paul Gustard joining in the summer and, another coach stepping up from the Championship, Alex Codling. I wish them good luck for the up and coming Premiership campaign.
Quins are known for their attacking rugby however I envisage a real step up in their defence and set piece this evening. Today's game will be fast and physical but will also be great preparation for the new season.
Karl Dickson, today's referee, played for Harlequins for many years, so I am sure it will be an enjoyable experience for him refereeing his old club.
Bang the Boards,
Harvey, Head Coach
Founded in 1866 as Hampstead Football Club, Harlequins took on their present name in 1870 and have since become one of the best-known rugby clubs in the world.
Many legends of the game have proudly worn the famous Harlequin shirt over the years, and the current squad boasts numerous internationals, including England caps Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Chris Robshaw, Danny Care and Mike Brown, the Australian James Horwill and Scotland wing Tim Visser.
After twice winning the RFU knockout cup in the amateur era - in 1988 and 1991, Quins have also won several trophies since the game turned pro, notably the European Challenge Cup in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and the Aviva Premiership title in 2012.
Last season was a difficult one for the London side, who won just seven of their 22 Premiership games to finish 10th in the table, their lowest finish since relegation in 2005 set up a one-season foray into English rugby's second tier. Director of Rugby John Kingston left the club at season's end and was replaced by Paul Gustard, who switched from a coaching role with England under Eddie Jones to become Quins' Head of Rugby in July.
Jersey Reds travelled to The Twickenham Stoop 12 months ago for a pre-season match that featured 10 tries, seven of which were claimed by Quins on their way to a 47-21 victory. You can read the match report and watch the highlights from last year below.
Meet the opposition
Paul Gustard, Head of Rugby
Paul Gustard joined Harlequins as Head of Rugby from the RFU for the 2018/19 season.
Paul enjoyed a long and illustrious playing career, firstly at Leicester Tigers where he made 98 appearances and won four Premiership titles in five years. Then he moved to London Irish where he made a further 98 appearances before heading to Saracens in 2006.
After nearly a half century of matches for Sarries, Paul joined the coaching team as Assistant First Team Coach and then took on the roles of Defence and Forwards Coach under Director of Rugby Brendan Venter. He then served as Assistant Coach and then Defence Coach under Eddie Jones.
He then joined Jones's England coaching team at the start of 2016. During his time as coach England won the Grand Slam, back-to-back Six Nations titles and a first ever series win in Australia.
Henry Cheeseman joined the Harlequins Academy for the 2014/15 season from Whitgift College. It was while he was within the club’s EPDG that he made his senior debut, coming on as a replacement during Harlequins’ LV= Cup match against Cardiff Blues in 2014.
Having spent his first year in the Club's Academy as a forward, he transitioned to the wing for the 2015/16 season. Cheeseman then started in the centre for Harlequins against the Maori All Blacks in the 150th Anniversary Challenge match at The Stoop in November 2016.
Having played in three different positions for the Club, he has found his home in the midfield, making his mark in the 2017/18 Anglo-Welsh Cup against Scarlets at The Stoop where he scored after a barnstorming run from the opposition 22.
Carshalton-born Henry has also started in the backline for England Under 18s and played in the 2013 World Club 7s for Harlequins, scoring from his own 22 during the third-place play-off.
Former Stanley Park school pupil Stan South joined Harlequins for the 2014/15 season from Whitgift School and has gone on to represent England at U18s and U20s level.
The Southampton-born second-row has displayed great leadership qualities in his young career, having captained Sutton and Epsom U16s, Surrey U16s and U17s, the Whitgift First team and Harlequins U18s.
South made his debut for the Club against Gloucester Rugby in 2015 and last season was nominated for the Anglo-Welsh Cup Breakthrough Player of the Year award following his outstanding performances at second row and in the back row.
HARLEQUINS NEW SIGNINGS
As the 2018/19 season is almost upon us lets take a look at Harlequins five new signings for this campaign.
During the 2018/19 season Harlequins will have more international class to add to an already stellar backs division. Centre Ben Tapuai (Australian) joins from Bath and Nathan Earle (England) from Saracens.
In the forwards, Max Crumpton (Bristol Rugby), Nick Auterac (Bath) and Alex Dombrandt (Cardiff Met) are ready to provide further competition in the pack.
Meet the players...
Date of birth: 31/10/1994
Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Weight - kg: 111kg
Weight - st: 17st 4lb
Previous clubs: Doncaster Knights, Northshore Rugby Club
Honours: North harbour Under 20's
Position: Loosehead Prop
Date of birth: 11/03/1995
Place of birth: Krugersdorp SA
Weight - kg: 134kg
Weight - st: 22st
Previous clubs: Harlequins, Pau, the Sharks
Jersey Reds welcome 3Ci Sport as Official Media Partner
Jersey Reds have partnered with 3Ci Sport to provide digital content services for the 2018/19 season.
3Ci Sport is an international sports media company based in Jersey. The team has been supporting Jersey Reds through a dedicated YouTube channel and regular in-season video content since 2014.
Owned and managed by Phil Bouchard and Tom Killick, the 3Ci Sport team is led by Head of Production Mark Wilkinson.
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Wilkinson said:
“Jersey Reds are the perfect fit for us as a Sports Media company. We will continue to build a library of high-end branded club content that showcases players, rugby stories and of course match highlights. Jersey Reds TV has been up and running on YouTube for four seasons and has amassed a following of fans at home and overseas. This season we will grow the number of content views across multiple platforms and share Jersey Reds TV content more readily with fans via Jersey Reds social media pages too.”
Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan said:
“The guys behind 3Ci Sport have been supporting Jersey Reds for a number of years now and as a club in the Greene King IPA Championship we have been extremely grateful for their input. This season we will maximise exposure to our rugby brand and our brand of rugby by employing digital video content across the board. We are extremely pleased to award 3Ci Sport official media partner status and look forward to the high impact and interaction with supporters that this relationship will bring.”
During this pre-season period Jersey Reds TV has been highlighting new signings and will be featuring Aviva Premiership players from Harlequins and Gloucester as they visit the Island as part of the preparations for the 2018/19 season.
Jersey Reds TV can be found on its dedicated YouTube channel and content is also shared via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #jerseyredstv.
Gallery - Saturday 28th July 2018
Jersey Reds v RC Vannes
One last story...
Around the ground you will see and HEAR our new COWBELLS which have been kindly provided by Santander International.
1000 of them will be given away, to those that arrive earliest, on Saturday for the Harlequins game which kicks off at 7pm.
Thank you to Santander, our match day sponsor for this great initiative.