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I imagine that's Cov's pre-season sorted now, with Jersey added (BPA) to the previously-announced home and away games with Sarries.
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Jersey Reds wait for government approval to play | Jersey Evening Post
The local newspaper report on situation.

The Island club are on course to begin the much-delayed 2020/21 campaign on 6 March but have yet to receive final approval from the Government of Jersey. They have also been hampered by Rugby Football Union-related set-backs in London, compounded on Friday by an 11th-hour abandonment of a vote on whether to abolish Premiership relegation.

It is understood that outgoing Government of Jersey chief executive Charlie Parker called an executive meeting on Thursday to discuss the Reds’ upcoming campaign and their lockdown exemption, while also touching on whether community team sport should remain banned.

It has been argued elsewhere that outdoor grassroots leagues could be permitted to resume if the Reds receive a government green-light to play, given that Harvey Biljon’s men will be hosting incoming squads at St Peter and themselves be travelling to the mainland for fixtures.

However, the rugby club’s professional status represents a strong counter-argument, with the Reds working under strict restrictions as part of an elite sports framework imposed by the UK government and the RFU, including tight ‘bubbles’ and being tested twice a week. Under such measures, it is likely that inbound clubs will be forced to fly in via charter, travel straight to and from Stade Santander and be kept away from the wider Island community.

One alternative route around Jersey’s border-protection policies would be for the Reds to play their opening five fixtures all away from home, meaning visiting squads – numbering 30-plus – will not arrive until at least mid-April, when a lower Covid-case rate would be anticipated.

With Championship fixtures now due to be released on Monday, it is believed that Island politicians will meet health officials again early next week to establish their final stance. If approval is given, Reds’ staff could attempt to squeeze in at least one pre-season fixture before league games begin.

Championship clubs were initially placed into two groups of six for the adapted season but London Scottish’s decision to withdraw this week appears to have put paid to that plan. It is now thought that a straight 11-team league will be established, with clubs playing each other just once, for a ten-game season. Home and away fixtures will be drawn at random.

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Original details removed to avoid confusion. 




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Saracens need a start date ASAP. The way their rusty players played yesterday for England reflected in not being match fit.
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The start date is March 6th. Their England players will not play for Saracens until March 27th after the 6 Nations has concluded.
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Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

The start date is March 6th. Their England players will not play for Saracens until March 27th after the 6 Nations has concluded.

If (as rumoured) the format is an 11 team league with random home and away, then I would bet good money that (randomly) Saracens get the weakest sides in the first couple of weeks.
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I bet you are correct gerg
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

The start date is March 6th. Their England players will not play for Saracens until March 27th after the 6 Nations has concluded.

If (as rumoured) the format is an 11 team league with random home and away, then I would bet good money that (randomly) Saracens get the weakest sides in the first couple of weeks.
I doubt Sarries or Ealing will be in the least bothered. A more certain banker would be Sarries and Ealing to be drawn to play each other in round 10 and if you want a good acca at that stage they are both likely to have nine wins already and separated by an odd bonus point. Given the likely absence of crowds it probably doesn't matter where its played but if they allow crowds I'll go to see it.
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

The start date is March 6th. Their England players will not play for Saracens until March 27th after the 6 Nations has concluded.

If (as rumoured) the format is an 11 team league with random home and away, then I would bet good money that (randomly) Saracens get the weakest sides in the first couple of weeks.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote marigold Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Feb 2021 at 18:44
The conspiracy theorists are rampant today. I would imagine more likely the other way as the RFU has to be seen to be fair. We shall wait and see who is correct-fixtures must be confirmed by the end of the coming week.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Feb 2021 at 21:48
Aaand... the Jersey match info has now been pulled from the Cov website.
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The simple extremely sad fact is that the Cheats will be back in the Premiership next season whatever does or doesn't happen in the Championship. 
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Fixtures up! 



And I'm JUST AMAZED that Ealing has to play at Saracens in round 7. Shocked. Unbelievable. What fix. I'll be cheering for Pirates in round 1.
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Fixtures up! 




So 1st weekend in March - anyone taking bets on a delay?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 2021 at 16:10
Call me Mr Cynical if you like but strange that Saracens have miracously drawn a bye on one international weekend 20/3 and Jersey Reds at home on the other 13/3 when overseas travel restrictions may well still be in place and hence match postponed to the first reserve date? It could all be legit and random of course (allegedly!) 

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Originally posted by Thatbloke Thatbloke wrote:

Call me Mr Cynical if you like but strange that Saracens have miracously drawn a bye on one international weekend 20/3 and Jersey Reds at home on the other 13/3 when overseas travel restrictions may well still be in place and hence match postponed to the first reserve date? It could all be legit and random of course (allegedly!) 
 
Yeah, you'll also note that they don't have to go to Ampthill's cozy ground, and Ealing have been put on ice with a bye the week before a break, so that if they make the playoffs, then they won't have played in 3 weeks. This is horseapples.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 2021 at 16:44
Pirates have got a brilliant draw I strongly fancy them to make the play-offs.

Jersey Website quotes:
“As part of our willingness to be flexible in order to get the season started, we have indicated that we are willing to accept a 3:7 split of home and away games, and are grateful to both Richmond and Doncaster Knights for helping us reach an understanding about hosting us on the weekends when they were due to fly to Jersey.”

Jersey Reds – Greene King IPA Championship 2020/21
* = Reds’ home game set to be switched to opponents’ ground

w/e Mar 6th: bye week
w/e Mar 13th: Saracens (A)
w/e Mar 20th: Richmond (A*)
w/e Mar 27th: Bedford Blues (A)
w/e Apr 10th: Doncaster Knights (A*)
w/e Apr 17th: Ealing Trailfinders (A)
w/e Apr 24th: Nottingham Rugby (H)
w/e May 1st: Ampthill (A)
w/e May 15th: Coventry Rugby (H)
w/e May 22nd: Hartpury University (A)
Sat May 29th: Cornish Pirates (H)
w/e June 12th: Championship Final (1st leg)
w/e June 19th: Championship Final (2nd leg)


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Saracens will be very nervous about playing first game in Penzance. How many young academy players will they chance playing at a difficult location?
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Originally posted by stadium stadium wrote:

Saracens will be very nervous about playing first game in Penzance. How many young academy players will they chance playing at a difficult location?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 2021 at 21:14
Few thoughts on this, having been unable to comment as speculation mounted in recent days:
  • As someone involved with a club, it's a relief to have got to this stage, albeit plenty of hard work still to come.
  • Sad to see there are still those predicting this won't happen, almost willing the attempts to get this branch of professional sport off the ground. Maybe they'll still be right if Covid takes a turn for the worse, but who would wish such a thing, and why? 
  • There are added challenges for getting to/from Jersey, but we are optimistic these can be overcome. Those who've looked at airline schedules and tried to work out how matches can take place are barking up the wrong tree, with charters the most likely option. Details to follow. The full Jersey take on the new season is available for anyone interested - see HERE
  • Why does the location for Sarries v Ealing matter? Aren't these clubs shoo-ins to finish 1st/2nd, in whatever order, and contest the final, with no real advantage to the side that finishes above the other during the regular season?
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