Drawn from players from the JPromail JRA League teams, the Island side has been coached by Jersey RFC first teamers Mitch Burton and Hendry Rheeders.
Several of the Jersey side played in last year’s victory at Grainville, including top points scorer Luke Le Sueur, one of five players with previous Siam Cup experience, though Paul Livesey’s was gained wearing the colours of Guernsey RFC.
Amongst those waiting for a call from the bench are Jersey Youth players Killian Dorey, winger, and Jon Monserez (stand-off).
But Guernsey are quietly confident ahead of the annual battle which starts at 1 pm. St Jacques head coach Chris Griffiths, who is coaching the side with Guernsey Rugby Club¹s Doug Hayter, feels that this year the tide could be turned: ‘We¹ve got a pretty good squad and we¹ve been working hard for it. We’ll play to our strengths.’
However, the record book and the fact that the Jersey 2nds have near enough run away with the JRA League again, with only Banks in contention, suggest that the visitors will be favourites.
There are eight Jersey RFC players in the starting line-up, which is as follows:
Marc Harris (Les Q), Bruno Pirouet (J), M yles Landick (Les Q); Richard Vetier (Les Q); Ian Burrell (Beeches); Ed O’Brien (Wanderers), Andy Becis (Banks), Brian Rennison (J); Wayne Boschat (J), Mark Le Mottée (J); Luke Le Sueur (J), Jim Milner (J), Jason Hosty (Beeches), Paul Livesey (J); Jamie Crawford (J).
Replacements: Ollie Montgomery (Les Q), Sam Gluck (J), Ian Barclay (Wanderers), Killian Dorey (J) and Jon Monserez (J).
Guernsey: James Webber (St J), Luke Gardner (G); Trevor Marquis (SJ); James Warmington (SJ), James Travers (SJ); Tom Ceillam (G); Andy Harris (G); Nick Merrien (G); Carl Gardner (G), Jason Batiste (G); Seoirse Lee (G); Andy Shaw (SJ); Stuart Bisson (G), Rodney Gregg (SJ); Divon Crouse (G).
Replacements: Matt Litten (SJ); Tim Pond (SJ); Rory Jones (G); Alec Bailey (G); Matt Henney (SJ); Simon Francart (SJ); James O’Reilly (G).