RUGBY UNION IN JERSEY is a popular sport .
* 1 Governing body
* 2 History
* 3 JRA League
* 4 Broadcast media
* 5 Notable Jersey players
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Rugby union is played in Jersey under the auspices of the Jersey
Rugby Association (JRA), which is affiliated to the Hampshire Rugby
Football Union but is not a member of the
Rugby Football Union
Rugby Football Union of
England. As such, it has no national team of its own, and is not
World Rugby in its own right. For this reason, it has no
Due to its proximity to
England and the major rugby nation of France
, Jersey rugby is amongst the oldest in the world, dating back to the
mid 19th century. A most schools play the sport, especially the
There are several rugby union clubs in the island including a rugby
academy for under 18s that (as of April 2012) includes more than 600
players and Les Quennevais Rugby Club .
Jersey Reds are a Jersey rugby club that enjoyed a meteoric rise
through the English pyramid from 2005, when they were playing in
London South West Division 3 (now known as
London 2 South West
London 2 South West ), to
2012. They earned promotion at the end of that season, and then
starting in 2007–08 earned four more in five seasons. The most
recent promotion, at the end of the 2011–12 season, placed them in
RFU Championship , where they have played ever since.
Siam Cup is an annual
Rugby Union competition held between Jersey
Guernsey RFC . It was first contested in 1920. The trophy
awarded its winner is the second oldest rugby honour contested after
Calcutta Cup .
Like many small islands, Jersey has a population problem. The main
sport is football , and the national population is just over 90,000.
As yet, Jersey has not fielded a national team.
The Jersey Rugby Association (JRA) League features the following
Guernsey RFC 2nd XV
* Jersey 3rd XV
* Jersey United Banks
* Les Quennevais
* St Jacques
* The Panthers
Jersey has no television of its own but does have its own radio
station. However, British and French television can both be received
on the island, and often include extensive rugby coverage - such as
Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup and
Six Nations Championship
Six Nations Championship . The ITV variant
Channel Television sometimes includes rugby news.
BBC Radio Jersey has live commentary of every Jersey Rugby Club home
game as well as live inserts from every away game.
NOTABLE JERSEY PLAYERS
Fraser Waters , born
Cape Town , and has played for England,
attended St. Michael\'s Preparatory School on Jersey.
* Alison Christie was the first Jersey born player to represent one
of the British Isles nations, Scotland , from 1994-2004. She has also
represented the Classic Lionesses team twice, once in the 2003 Bermuda
Classics and once in
Murrayfield Stadium in 2007.
* Matthew Cook Jersey born Spanish international.
Michael Le Bourgeois , the first Jersey born player to sign a
professional contract with Jersey RFC.
The Lord Jersey Rugby Cup
Rugby union in Guernsey
* ^ A B Pryor, Tim (23 April 2012). "Jersey promoted: The rise and
rise of an island side".
BBC Radio Jersey .
BBC Sport . Retrieved 30
* ^ "Siam cup". Jersey RFU. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
* ^ "
Siam Cup Preview". BBC. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
* ^ http://www.jrarugby.com
* ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/guernseyrfc/
* ^ http://www.jerseyunitedbanks.com/
* ^ http://www.lqrfc.com
* ^ http://www.stjacquesrfc.com/