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Jersey RFC and Jersey Reds separation gains RFU approval

08/07/2022

We are delighted to confirm that the proposed entry of Jersey RFC Men's XV, formerly the Athletic team, into the English league system has been confirmed by the Rugby Football Union. It is now confirmed that JRFC will take up a place in Counties 1 Hampshire, with the first match away to Winchester on Saturday September 3rd. Also in September, Jersey Reds will kick off an 11th season in the RFU Championship, the second tier of the English league structure, and Jersey RFC Women will start their league campaign in National 2 South East (South).

This move is a pivotal stage in the separation of the professional and amateur arms of Jersey Rugby, supported by members at three general meetings during the past four months. From the JRFC perspective, planning can now proceed for fixtures for 2022/23 for both the men's and women's sides. The fixture list for the Jersey Reds’ Championship campaign was released on 24 June and details are available via the jr.lnk.je site.

Dan McAlister, Chairman of Jersey RFC, said: “This marks the next chapter in JRFC’s illustrious history. It’s a move that all involved in are excited to see and have worked hard to bring about, and means we can look forward to a thriving future for amateur rugby at our club.”

Jersey Reds Board member Mark Morgan added: “This is a historic day for rugby in our Island. Both professional and amateur rugby have been given the opportunity to move to new levels and I’m sure will both take full advantage.

“My thanks go to the many people in Jersey and at the RFU who have worked tirelessly to get this over the line. I look forward to an exciting future for Jersey rugby.”

League/fixture details (click on link):

Jersey RFC Men/ Counties 1 Hampshire

Jersey RFC Women/ National 2 South East (South)

The outline fixture schedules are subject to alteration to allow for travel by visiting teams etc and will be finalised in due course.

More details about the 2022/23 season will be shared in the coming weeks.

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