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Academy duo join Jersey on loan

20 January 2016

Bath Rugby Academy and England U20 backs Max Clark and Rory Jennings will join Jersey Rugby Club on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 season. 

Jennings and Clark, both 20, featured together for England U20 in last year's Junior World Championship in Italy, and will now gain valuable experience with the Island side over the next three months, with Jersey currently lying fifth in the Greene King IPA Championship table. 

Jennings is a fly-half who has won nine England U20 caps, scoring almost 100 points from the kicking tee, and featured in Bath's LV Cup campaign in 2014/15. Clark's primary position is at centre but he can also play at full-back. He has six England U20 caps, scoring two tries in the white jersey, and made his Premiership debut for Bath last October. 

"It's great that we have been able to add two really exciting young players to our squad going into the final three months of the season," said Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "Max and Rory will provide some real competition for places with our existing squad members which will help towards our aim of maintaining or improving our current league standing. 

"We've had to work hard to consolidate our position in the Championship, raising standards on and off the pitch, to a level where I can talk to Premiership Directors of Rugby and secure players of this calibre. I'm grateful to Bath Rugby for allowing Rory and Max to join us on loan and believe all parties will benefit from this arrangement." 

Jennings and Clark are in contention to make their Jersey debuts as part of the squad for this weekend's British & Irish Cup tie against Doncaster Knights. The Islanders are seeking a win at Castle Park which would guarantee a quarter-final place in the B&I. 

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