Jersey Reds v Nottingham Saturday 9th November 2019, 3:00pm

Chairman's Welcome

Championship rugby returns to Stade Santander International with the visit of our old friends from Nottingham.

Nottingham have had a mixed start to the season, starting with two wins against new-boys Ampthill and then London Scottish. This was followed by losses to Hartpury and the Pirates. They sit in 7th, one point and one place behind the Reds. We welcome their players, coaches, officials and supporters as always.

The Reds had a tough game last Saturday up at Newcastle but played some outstanding rugby against the Premiership-ready squad and were unlucky not to come away with at least one point. Sadly, we picked up another nasty injury, this time to Mark Best who will be out for a long spell.

Today the Reds will be playing in their uniquely designed "lemur" shirts supporting Durrells who are also our charity of the day. We congratulate Emily Neil who designed the shirt and we welcome her as well as her Mum, Dad and younger brother Samuel to lunch in the clubhouse today.

On a less happy note, we said goodbye to club stalwart and all-round good man Adrian Willis recently. We will have some moments of applause in his memory before the kick-off this week for us all to remember him. Our sympathy goes out to all his family and friends.

Let's hope for a great game.

Come on you Reds!

Welcome back to Lee-Roy and Janco

Earlier this week Lee-Roy Atalifo and Janco Venter met 3CI Sport to reflect on their time away with Fiji and Namibia at the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Harvey's pre-match thoughts...

The Teams...

Newcastle 42 - 19 Jersey Reds

The Reds played a full part in an entertaining encounter that lifted the spirits of almost 3,800 spectators looking to get over the disappointment of England’s World Cup final defeat earlier in the day.The visitors held their own during the first half and were level with their table-topping hosts at 14-14 after 50 minutes before the Falcons upped the tempo in the final half-hour – just as they had in the Championship Cup tie at Stade Santander International in September.

The Opposition

Nottingham are one of the longest-serving clubs at level two, having recently started their 16th season at this level – only Bedford and the Pirates have a longer tenure. The Midlanders’ best finish during this time was second in 2012/13, the first year that the Reds competed in the Championship.

Head Coach Neil Fowkes took the reins in summer 2018, the latest move in a 30-year stint with Nottingham that began as a mini player in the 1980s. In his first season in charge, Fowkes led the club to a seventh-placed finish with 10 wins and a draw in their 22 Championship matches.

Seventh is also the position in which Nottingham find themselves after the first four rounds of this season’s league programme. The Championship campaign began with a 20-44 win at new boys Ampthill, and six days later the Green-and-Whites edged home 17-14 against Nottingham.

In their last two outings, Nottingham have only secured one bonus point, gained in defeat at Hartpury by 12-6. Last weekend high-flying Cornish Pirates came to the bay for a Friday night encounter that finished 14-23 in the visitors’ favour.

Nottingham and the Reds have already met twice in 2019, In the first match after the Christmas and New Year break, the Reds scored five converted tries and eventually won 41-16. The return encounter at Lady Bay at Easter was a far closer affair – the hosts led 21-8 early in the second half, but were pegged back by two Jersey tries before eventually completing a 24-20 victory.

Overall the sides have met 14 times at this level since 2012, with Jersey having eight wins to the Green-and-Whites’ five, and one draw – a 19-19 game at Lady Bay in December 2017.

Meet the opposition

Aniseko Sio

The loose head prop signing for Nottingham in the summer of 2017, after a successful pre-season trial period. The Samoan joined Leicester Tigers from his native island club Vaimoso in the summer of 2014, shortly after making his test debut in a 33-14 defeat to Japan.

Unable to break into the Tigers first XV, Aniseko, or ‘Seko’ as he is known to his teammates, then moved on to the Leicester Lions where he helped the National League 2 North outfit to a third-place finish last season.

The 27-year-old has gone on to make 45 appearances for Nottingham since his arrival. Seko is only the second Samoan to play for Nottingham, following in the footsteps of Filipo Levi, who featured for the Green and Whites during their 2011/12 campaign.

Sean Scanlon

The Irishman joined the Green & Whites from Doncaster Knights in the summer of 2017, having previously spent three seasons with fellow South Yorkshire side Rotherham Titans.

He played a crucial part in their playoff campaigns in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Sean has become a key figure on and off the field for Neil Fowkes’ team and, as of this year, he took up the role of player-coach.

He has taken on several duties within the squad as an assistant coach. ‘Scans’ has made a total of 54 appearances for the Green and Whites.

Antonio 'TJ' Harris

Position: Hooker

Date of Birth: 25.02.94

Place of Birth: Coventry

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 108kg/17st

Previous Clubs: Wasps, Nottingham, Bedford

Sponsors: NatWest International

George Spencer

Position: Centre

Date of Birth: 28.2.99

Place of Birth: Harrogate

Height: 6'

Weight: 97kg/15st 4lbs

Previous Clubs: Edinburgh Academical, SRU Academy

Sponsors: BCR Law

Jersey Reds Minis & Juniors


Jersey Reds M&J Under 13s side played hosts to the City of London Freemans School over the weekend. Two games were played, in what turned out to be glorious sunshine, on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings. This allowed the 2 evenly matched sides to play some open and free flowing rugby.

On the Saturday, Jersey took an early lead. However, with a dogged determination the away team came back each time Jersey scored. A hard-fought game saw good rucking from both sides with Jersey holding on for a 25-20 win. Tries from Charlie Pallot, Lance Armstrong and three from Rory Claxton.

The following day and with a few pointers from the coaching staff, the team took a more direct route to the try line. This along with some great support play and inspired offloading, saw Jersey run out 30 - 15 winners. Two tries for Rory Claxton, three from Lance Armstrong and one from Hector Somay.

The try of the weekend came when Fin Thomson counter attacked from deep inside his own half, passing and linking with Will Gowans on the wing, who off loaded in the tackle to a supporting Lance Armstrong who then powered through a scrambling Freemans defence.

The next one...

Saturday 30th November 2019

3:00pm Kick-Off


New Rugby Lemur shirts designed by Emily Neil, winner of ‘Design a Jersey Reds shirt competition’

Today’s matches shirts were designed by Emily Neil, 10, from Plat Douet School, who won Santander International’s Design a Rugby Shirt Competition - part of the Go Wild Gorilla initiative which took place this summer. Featuring a large Ring-Tailed Lemur on the front, and striped black and white sleeves, the shirts embrace the theme, ‘Rewilding our World’.

The judging panel included James Pountney, Managing Director, Santander International, Lesley Dickie, CEO Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Mark Morgan, Chairman Jersey Reds.

James Pountney, Managing Director, Santander International, said: “We received a huge range of entries across all age groups featuring many varied aspects of nature. As well as raising awareness about the plight of endangered species, the competition was a brilliant opportunity for Jersey youngsters to let their imaginations go wild.”

Children were invited to enter Santander International’s Design a Jersey Reds Rugby Shirt Competition during the summer holidays. Categories for entry include 0-6 years, 7-11 years, and 12-16 years with the winner of each age group receiving a family membership for Jersey Zoo.

Emily Neil said: “The lemurs are my favourite animal at Durrell so when I found out about the competition, I knew I wanted to include a lemur in the design. I’ve never been to a rugby game before and I’m really excited about seeing the players wear the shirts with my design.”

Lemurs have been kept at Durrell since 1964, entrancing generations of Jersey children and Island visitors with their unusual tails and engaging family antics. Despite being a familiar zoo animal, lemurs are an endangered species, threatened with extinction due to the loss of their natural habitat in Madagascar.

The Design a Rugby Shirt Competition was part of Santander International’s sponsorship of Durrell’s Go Wild Gorilla initiative, which included a trail of 40 individually decorated gorilla sculptures around the Island.

Mark Morgan, Chairman Jersey Reds, said: “Lemurs are a big departure from our regular red and white shirts, but the players are all very excited about the design. It was great for the players to be able to meet the young artist and we’re all looking forward to the game.”

Match day shirts available for auction.

These one-of-a-kind shirts will be available for purchase in a silent auction to be held on Saturday before the game. If you would like to bid or be in a chance to reserve these Go Wild Gorilla themed shirts please contact Sean Dunne

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