Jersey Reds strength their front row with 6 signs

Jersey Reds strength their front row with 6 signs

Jersey Reds have completed their front row options in the squad for the 2017/18 season.

Four new props join the club ahead of pre-season training in June, joining two members of the existing squad who will be extending their time with the Reds.

Lee Roy Atalifo will become the first Fijian to join Jersey ranks - the tight-head has nine caps for his country, including two matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The 28-year-old's previous clubs include Canterbury in New Zealand and Rugby Rovigo Delta in Italy.

Another tight-head, 23-year-old Alec Clarey joins from Bristol for the past season, he made around 40 appearances for Hartpury RFC in the National League. 

Loose-head prop Roy Godfrey will bring a wealth of experience to the club. Born in East London in South Africa, Godfrey (27) was part of the Natal Sharks set-up as a youngster and subsequently played for SWD Eagles and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He has also played in France for Perpignan and most recently in England in a player-coach role for Wimbledon.

Jordan Brodley, 23, also plays loose-head and will move to Jersey after completing his studies at the University of Bristol.

The Reds have also confirmed a new contract for tight-head Jake Armstrong, who joined Jersey from Championship rivals Doncaster Knights in summer 2016. The 23-year-old has since made around 20 competitive appearances and scored three tries this season.

The final prop in the 2017/18 ranks is 26-year-old loose-head Jake Woolmore. Woolmore made his debut for the Reds in April 2016 and moved permanently from Exeter Chiefs in the summer of last year - he has appeared in around 25 competitive games for Jersey in total.

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