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Squad information

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Lead Coach: Dave McCormack

Assistant Coaches: Elvis Taione, Mark Boothright and  Dave Clark,

Team Manager:   David Kaye, Email dgkaye@gmail.com; Mobile 07700 72774107700 727741

Training Nights:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.35 (for a 5.45 start) until 7.15

New and returning players are welcome - come along to training and try it out.  'Have fun, get/keep fit, make great new friends and be the best you can be.'

Next Match: Hastings  v Jersey (Away) 12th January 11.30 KO - see emails for requests for availability, selection and travel arrangements

Jersey Rugby Academy U16's Key Dates:

Date: Match: Notes / Results:
1st August Pre-season training starts  
1st September Match v Chichester (H)  Won 31 - 7
3rd September   School Term Starts
7th September Beach Activities and BBQ with New Milton  
8th September Match v New Milton (H)  Won 43 - 5
12th September Practice Match v U15s  
22nd September League Match v Eastbourne (A)  Postponed  Postponed due to Fog
29th September County U16 Final Trials - Hampshire Collegiate School  
5th October Match v St Malo in France  Won 28 - 0
TBC Practice Match v U17's  
13th October County U16 Final Trials - Hampshire Collegiate School  1 Successful Player through
20th October League Match v Haywards Heath (A)  Won 77-5
27th October County U16 Match v Kent (A)  Hampshire lost
28th October - 1st November   School Half Term
3rd November County U16 Match v Surrey (H)  Hampshire Won
10th November  New Date for League Match v Eastbourne  TO BE CONFIRMED  Now to be rearranged for Late February/March
17th November League Match v BurgessHill (A)  Won 36-0
24th November County U16 Match v Sussex (A)  Hampshire Won
1st December League Match v Bognor (A)  Won 52-5
12th December Last Training Session of 2013  
15th December Divisional Trials, Herts  
18th December - 6th January   School Christmas Holidays
7thJanuary Schools go back School Term Starts
7th January  1ST TRAINING SESSION OF 2014  
12th January League Match v Hastings (A)  Won 36 - 10
26th January League Match v Lewes (A)  Won  56 - 0
9th February League Match v Heathfield Samurai (A)  
23rd February  League Match v Midhurst (A)  
24th - 28th February   School Half Term
9th March
HornetRFCWestonsuperMare  Home CONFIRMED
23rd March

 Final League Match v Eastbourne (A)

Jersey Crowned Sussex League Division 2 Winners

Won 85 - 7
11th - 28th April   School Easter Holidays
18th - 20th April   Easter Weekend
25th April  Match v Visiting Welsh Side -Kenfig Hill Rugby club  CONFIRMED Home  
26th April  Siam Cup Festival - Away  
4th May    Probable Presentation Day and end of season


Latest News


Jersey team complete unbeaten Sussex League Campaign



Eastbourne vs Jersey U16's - Match Report 23rd March 2014

Jersey ended their Sussex League Season against Eastbourne RFC on Sunday.  The match proved to be the crowning glory of an unbeaten season.  Played 8 Won 8  

The task was very simple: win the match and we win the league and from the kick-off it was clear that Jersey were in determined mood to ensure they did just that. Within 4 minutes an excellent back line move involving strong running and excellent passing, gave the visitors an immediate 7 point advantage, with Scott Guegan scoring the first of his 3 tries. While Eastbourne more than held their own in the pack, especially in the rucks, they simply couldn't cope with Jersey's expansive passing and line breaks. In spite of the home side's forwards managing to achieve a well-earned try, by half-time, the match was effectively over as a contest, with Jersey racking up 9 converted tries. Half time score Eastbourne 7 Jersey 63.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with O'Shea making an immediate and impressive return from injury with a typically strong surge forward. This helped to lay the platform for 3 Jersey tries in quick succession, including a first try of the season for Archie Duncan. With a little under 10mins remaining the referee made the sensible decision to call a halt to proceedings with the final score at Eastbourne 7 Jersey 85. So, Jersey finish the season undefeated and as league champions. Job done.

Special mention to Max Whelan for his 4 tries, Will Kaye for his imperious kicking display, Danny Brittain leading by example up front and Archie Duncan for his excellent ball distribution, darting runs and strong tackling resulting in his nomination as man of the match. An extra special thank you to coach Dave Mac for developing the boys into an excellent team.

Next up Guernsey at the end of April - bring it on

From what was supposed to Jersey's first match in the Sussex league in September and got postponed turned out to the U16's last game in Sussex as all of the players will move in the Colts next season and play in Hampshire.


Jersey U16 v Midhurst   Sunday 23rd February

Having beaten the Sussex league leaders in their previous game, the away fixture against mid - table Midhurst always had the potential to be the preverbal banana skin! With many of the regular first team absent due to half term holidays or injury, a number of players were playing out of their normal positions and the holes in the squad were filled by a number of boys from the U15's.

From the first whistle Jersey were under unrelenting pressure, wave upon wave of Midhurst attacks were met by heroic Jersey defence. For the first time this season the Jersey pack came under immense pressure and were being shoved backwards, making life difficult for scrum half Joe Tilstone. Despite the pressure Tilstone put in a superb performance and more often than not was able to get the ball away to the backs. However, the one way traffic meant that it was only a matter of time before Midhurst scored, which they did on the 15th minute and duly converted, 7-0 Midhurst. From the kick off Jersey had their first foray into the Midhurst 22, some fine rucking from the forwards saw Jersey progress to the Midhurst 5 metre, but a fumbled pass meant Jersey's first chance of a score was wasted. Jersey were under the cosh for the first 25 minutes of the game but were showing true grit and determination. A substitution and tactical change in positions saw the pack bolstered and on the half hour Jersey won their first scrum. This gave the forwards great heart and lifted team spirits; the tide was turning. Five minutes before half time a good drive by the Jersey pack and a breakaway burst from prop Danny Brittain saw him link up with Captain Will Kaye who managed to cut through the Midhurst defence to score Jersey's opening try which he duly converted. Half time and the score was 7-7.

From the kick off Midhurst attacked Jersey furiously only to be met by a granite wall of defiance. Brutal but legitimate tackles saw the casualty list mount with players from both sides being forced off through injury. A penalty by Midhurst on the 50th minute saw them take the lead 10-7. The Jersey forwards had had enough of being shoved backwards in the first half and were now gaining the ascendency.  Will Le Bas was having a fine game in the second row and was driving into the Midhurst defence. Brittain was breaking the Midhurst gain line and Jersey were now pressurising Midhurst into making mistakes. The front row were gaining the upper hand and Chris Fage, making his first match start was hooking well and finding his man with accurate line out throws. Some great rucking by the forwards linking up well with the backs saw a try for Matt Lambert, 10 -12. Midhurst were now kicking the ball more frequently but full back Alex Cotton was steadfast under the high ball and ran the ball back and brought the Jersey wingers into play. Jersey now had a full head of steam and Midhurst were flagging. A strong carry by lock Cameron Queree led to a pick up by Brittain, bursting through the Midhurst defence to score under the posts which was duly converted by Kaye, 10-19. After a break for injuries to both sides, play commenced and Jersey were invigorated by the score board. Forwards and backs were linking up well; Kaye was kicking well out of hand and piling on the pressure on Midhurst. A fine pick up by Reid O'Neil playing his first game at No 8 led to a burst by Euan Spencer who sliced through the Midhurst defence to score a try which was converted by Kaye, 10-26. With time running out Midhurst gathered themselves for one more attack on the Jersey line. Despite brave Jersey defence a try was scored and converted, 17-26 at the final whistle.

This was a truly gutsy performance by the Jersey lads who discovered a lot about themselves as individuals and as a team. The U15 players were more than equal to the challenge of playing up a year and performed magnificently. Not the champagne rugby that has been seen in some fixtures this season but a fantastic team performance showing great team spirit and determination, a refusal to give in; a triumph born out of blood and guts. Jersey U16's now sit at the top of the Sussex league table with one more fixture to be played. Well done lads.

Coach: David Kaye




Jersey U16 vs Heathfield Samurai - Sunday 9 Feb 2014

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Following an early start on Sunday morning, Jersey's U16 team travelled to play the top of the league clash with Heathfield Samurai in Sussex. For a change is wasn't raining and although the weather was blustery the sun shone as the match started, with Jersey knowing that this was likely to be their toughest challenge yet (Heathfield being the only other unbeaten side in the league alongside Jersey).The Jersey lads applied pressure right from the start against a strong Heathfield team and with just 6 minutes played, Will Kaye saw a space, sliced through the Heathfield defence and scored under the posts. Will successfully converted, 7 nil to Jersey.

The play continued to be tight with Heathfield pushing hard to reply and Jersey defending well, finally with 28 minutes gone, Heathfield managed to scramble the ball over the line to score near the corner. They were unable to convert however and Jersey replied immediately within a few minutes, with Euan Spencer touching down. Again Kaye converted. 14 5 to Jersey. Heathfield responded and after some spirited defending by the Jerseys lads, Heathfield got over the line again, but again missed the conversion.

Half time, 14 10.

Jersey came out for the second half knowing that they had to keep the pressure on to seal the win. Shortly after the start, after some great forward play resulting in a number of turnover balls, Kaye took a deft kick that he chased down to again score under the posts. Try converted 21 10 to Jersey!

The scoring seesawed with Heathflied scoring again but not converting and then Max Whelan finishing off a great move by the Jersey backs to touch down. With the score at 28 20 Jersey, it was now a case of seeing the game out. The Jersey lads kept up the pressure with excellent play from the forwards to gain possession and some expansive running from the backs. Final whistle, Jersey win 28 to 20!

Lead coach Dave McCormack congratulated the team on a really strong all round team performance against strong opposition and in difficult conditions. Perhaps, had the ground been better under foot, the Jersey guys might have been even stronger, but we have to thank Heathfiled for getting the game on and putting out a very competent side.

So the Jersey boys headed home, proud in the knowledge that they now sit at the top of the table, and deservedly so!

U16s 9th Feb 2014-2.jpgTries: Will Kaye (2), Euan Spencer (1), Max Wheelan (1).




Jersey U16s v Lewes RFC Sunday 26th January 2014

10 tries for the Jersey Under 16s

On a wet and blustery Sunday morning, Jersey's U16 team travelled to play Lewes in the Sussex league.  Playing with the wind in the first half, Jersey applied pressure from the outset and within ten minutes Max Wheelan had scored the first of his 5 tries during the game.

Despite the conditions, Jersey played an expansive game with some excellent handling and support play. Benefitting from good quality possession provided by dominant Jersey forwards, Jersey scored  a further 4 tries in the first period, taking the half time score to 25 - 0.

Soon after the restart Adam Spencer scored the try of the game after he took the ball in his own in-goal area and weaved his way through the Lewes defences to score at the other end.  

Jersey continued to outplay a resilient Lewes team for the remainder of the game in what was a great all-round team performance in difficult conditions.  The final score was 56 - 0 to the Jersey side. 

In the forwards, Ben Walker and Reid O'Neil were impressive, as were Adam Spencer and Max Wheelan in the backs.  James Dempsey and Alex Cotton - both U15 players - had good games and looked very much at home playing in this older age group.

Adam Spencer was named Man of the Match by Lead Coach David McCormack

Tries: Max Wheelan (5), Penalty try (1), Ben Walker (1), Adam Spencer (1), Danny Brittan (1), Euan Spencer (1).


Jersey v Hastings & Bexhill RFC. Sunday 12th Jan

After an early start and a long coach journey down to Hastings and a shortened warm up the Jersey XV were understandably a little slow to start.  Hastings pressurised  Jersey but didn't look like scoring against a very flat and aggressive defence. After x minutes this was exploited by the Hastings standoff when he kicked diagonally behind the Jersey defence for their centre to chase it, collect it and score under the posts. The try was converted to leave Jersey behind in a game for the first time this season (0-7)
This seemed to galvanise the Jersey team and after a period of sustained pressure and a number of rucks & mauls Will Kaye playing standoff made a break and jinked his way over the line to score almost under the posts, he converted the try to even the game up. It stayed that way for the remainder of the half with both side's defences cancelling out each other's attacks.  Half time score 7-7


In the second half Jersey took control with their channelled aggression in their forwards and pace in their backs.  After a great break which seemed certain to end in a try Jersey passed the ball forwards. From the resulting scrum Reid O'Neil charged down a clearance kick behind the Hastings try line and dropped on the loose ball to score his first try of the season.  Jersey continued to exert pressure on the Hastings team who struggled to get the ball into .the Jersey half.  Following 3 or 4 phases of play involving both the forwards and backs Scott Guegan broke through Hastings' cover defence and went over to score in the corner.


With the score now at 17 7 a resurgent Hastings forced a penalty in the Jersey 22m area, which they chose to convert into 3 points to bring them back within 1 score of Jersey.  Hastings took heart from their score and but for a master class in tackling low from U15 debutants Dom Henstridge and fellow Josh Gill they would have scored again. Jersey's defence held firm and from the next counter attack the Jersey backs sliced through the very flat Hastings defence for Max Whelan to score almost under the posts. Kaye converted to take the score to 24 10. buoyed by this repost, and not to be left out, the forwards had a great drive up the middle of the pitch finishing with Marc Davies (another U15 Debutant) picking up the ball with 15 m still to go and bulldozed his way to the line.  Hastings heads dropped and in the final play of the match prop Danny Brittain forced his way over line to score a try, converted by Kaye


Final Score: Jersey 36 Hastings & Bexhill 10
Hastings chose No. 8 Matt Lambert as their Man of the Match

Thanks to Nicki Brittain for helping out on the day and to the 3 U15s who stepped up an age group and performed extremely well.  Well done.  PS Nicki - you should have gone to SpecSavers!



Monday 6th Jan 9pm


I wish you and your families good health, and happiness.


Divisional Update: Congratulations to Will Kaye on being selected to represent the London & SE Counties

1 December: A team coming together:

We have just got back from sunny Bognor.  The weather was kind to us and it stayed dry.

Right from the start our forwards imposed themselves on their Bognor opposition.  So much so that Bognor found themselves kicking the ball away after only 5 minutes to relieve the pressure, only for Will to collect the ball in his own 22 and outpace the Bognor backs on the outside to score under that posts, which gave Jersey a great start 7-0.

Ben Walker had an outstanding game at number 8, after 10 minutes he cleaned out a ruck, Archie got quick ball out to Stefan le Brun, playing outside centre, who burst through 2 tackles to score and unconverted try, 12-0.   Soon after the backs were off again only on this occasion the Bognor backs were up so quickly that they intercepted a pass and despite the best efforts of Dami and Adam, Bognor scored under the posts.  The try was not converted. 12-5.

This fired up the team and when our new aspiring winger, Danny Britton (Currently playing Prop) sprinted down the touch line handing off all that got his way, it took 3 Bognor players to eventually bundle him into touch inside the Bognor 5 meter line.  Jersey then won the resulting Bognor line out and the forwards then completed their work with a try  by Ben Walker under posts.  Converted by Will  19-5.  From the Bognor Kick Off the ball was collected by Will Kaye who, now playing fly half, set off on another sprint into the heart of the Bogor defence, which seemed to disappear as he got to them and he scored almost unopposed under the posts.  His successful conversion brought the first half to a conclusion.  26-5

Coach Dave McCormack brought the three travelling replacements on and it did not weaken the side in any way.  The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, forward domination and backs breaking through.  The first try of the half came when play was switched to the blind side and Tom Dawson spun out of a tackle to score a try that was converted  33-5.  The forwards kept the next score to themselves when they powered and rumbled their way up the centre of the pitch for Danny Britton, who had another great game, to score near the posts, again this was converted.  40-5.

For the penultimate score the backs, with some slick passing broke through a Bognor defence that never gave up trying to allow Adam Spencer to score an unconverted try.  45-5.  Finally after some really aggressive and impressive mauling and rucking by super-sub Reid O'Neil and some quick and slick handling by the backs Will Kaye rounded off a great game with a try under the posts, which he then converted.  This with almost 10 minutes to go.

The Bognor team found new energy and application and spent the remaining 10 minutes camped on in the Jersey 5 meter area.  To their credit the Jersey defensive tackling was immense and they did not allow their opposition to score.  It was great to see Michael Butler back in the thick of things following almost a season out due to surgery.

FINAL SCORE - Jersey 52 Bognor 5

After the game the Referee commented that it had been a pleasure to referee and watch the Jersey team play rugby, and that they are a credit to the coach and to the Club.  (and of course to the Parents!)  The Bognor Coaching team voted Will Kaye their man of the match.  Dave McCormack gave his man of the match to Ben Walker.

Thanks go to the Dawson grandparents who travelled down to support the team for the second match in succession.

This is the last game of the year, our last training session will be on the 12th December and we will start again on Tuesday 7th January with our next league match v Hastings on the 12th January.

If I don't speak to you before Christmas, I would like to thank you all for your support, it has been a great first half to the season.  The players have changed from being  a group of individuals into a cohesive team.  That said there is still much to work on!

All that remains is for me, and the coaching staff, to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2014.

Message to the players- try and do some exercise over the Christmas break, we will only have 2 training sessions in January before we play our first game against a strong Hastings side.  Remember what happened in 1066 - well ask your parents. 

Following on from our 77 - 10 defeat of Haywards Heath on 21st October we returned  yesterday, Sunday 17th Nov, to the same area (5 minutes down the road) to play Burgess Hill RFC   In a hard fought match played in difficult conditions the team played really well and won 36-0. Full report from our traveling journalist Colin (Pilger) Queree to follow.

Special thanks to Dami Williams who stepped in on Saturday evening when we had a late drop out.  Well done to everyone on a great game.

County Update 3rd November:  Congratulations to Will Kaye on being made County Captain and on getting the highest grading from the Divisional Selectors.  He will now go to Divisional Trials on the 15th December. 




Jersey 16s shine in St Malo in the bright autumnal sunshine and in the picturesque setting of the rugby pitch inside the St Malo Race track the Jersey Rugby Academy U16s played St Malo RFC.  The French players appeared significantly bigger than their Jersey counterparts from the outset the French forwards dominated in the loose play.  However it soon became apparent that Jersey were both quicker and organised in the backs .  Jersey defended well in the first 10 minutes and when they did get some good quality ball the backs combined well releasing Max Whelan to carve through the St Malo defence to score under the posts.  Will Kaye converted the Kick.  In a similar sequence of play in the 20th minute the forwards turned over the ball at a ruck and scrum half Archie Duncan made a break and then following some slick passing Whelan scored again.  Jersey started to dominate in all elements of the game.  After some tremendous defence by Ben Walker St Malo knocked the ball on near to the Jersey try line Fly Half Will Kaye picked up the loose ball and beat the covering defence for pace and scored under the St Malo posts, he converted the kick - Half time score Jersey 19 St Malo 0.

In the second half Jersey continued to dominate in the backs and work tirelessly in the forwards.  St Malo was not as organised as Dave McCormack's well drilled U16 team. Newcomers Scott Guegan and U15 Josh Gill both had impressive debuts for the team.  Jersey we awarded a free kick just outside the St Malo 22m line, the forwards drove the ball forward before Duncan released the back and with some quick passing across the backs set Gill in to outpace is opposition winger and run around under the posts to score the best try of the match.  Kaye converted the kick.  Jersey replacements Cameron Queree, Chris Fage and James O'Shea worked really hard and certainly let coach know that they are pushing for a starting place.  In the 25th minute of the second half and after a period of forward dominance the backs once again sliced open the St Malo defence for Whelan to score his third try of the match, which Kaye converted.  This was the final score of the match and the U16s have continued their unbeaten run this season with a convincing 33 - 0 victory over a good St Malo team.  The St. Malo Coach chose Jersey Captain, Will Kaye as the Man of the Match.

After the game it became evident that the French team was in fact their U17s, so the manner of the victory was even more impressive

The French hosts were fantastic and the U16s will be looking to France again in the near future for further fixtures.  It was a great day out, great rugby and the team is gelling well and it bodes well for their League season in Sussex.

Points scorers: Max Whelan 15, Will Kaye 13 and Josh Gill 5



Elvis is alive and well and on our coaching team - Our Elvis is the 1st XVs and current Tongan international Hooker.  It is spooky how much they look alike!

Mark Boothright, a very experienced and motivational U16 coach has just joined our team

Welcome back to all of our players and thank you to all of your Parents for your continued support


NEWS: 23rd September - What a disappoinment, all that work and our 1st match in the Sussex League was postponed due to fog in Jersey.  We have to rearrange it in the near future - watch this space. We are now working towards our match v St Malo on the 5th October.

Congratulations to Max Whelan on being added to our players on the Strength and Conditioning



I have been dragged into the 21st Century- I now have a Twitter Account and you can find us, and the scores @jraU16s  or https://twitter.com/jraU16s  I hope to be able to update it regularly, I am having lessons from Will!.  Watch this space - but only 140 characters!


General information


Team discipline is crucial to the overall success of any team endeavour. Not only do disciplined teams perform well on the field, but, if teams are able to maintain good discipline both on and off the field, the overall rugby experience is far more positive for all involved. Everybody takes responsibility for what happens.

Parents and supporters: You are more than welcome to come and watch the matches.  Please remember to applaud all good play and that nobody makes mistakes deliberately and critising their mistakes does not help them improve.  

Referees do the job for the love of the game and they like your boys may make mistakes - please do not shout at them.  It is the Captains responsibility to speak constructively to the Referees.

Help make the rugby experience positive for all - keep the spirit of rugby alive and well.


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