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Jersey Reds Beat Russia!Β 

Jersey Reds have recorded an historic win, beating national side Russia.

The island side won 22-35 in Moscow in a World Cup warm up friendly.

Their opponents, who are ranked 20th in the world, are preparing to head to the tournament in Japan where they will face the hosts, Ireland, Scotland and Samoa.

 

Full match report here.

Reds' Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon has been speaking to Channel 103 from Frankfurt Airport on the journey home:

"I'm so proud of the players.  It was a fantastic occasion.  Didn't Jersey do themselves proud? 

This was their players last opportunity to put themselves into the squad for the World Cup.  They announced their team in three days time, so this was the Russian players to put themselves forward for selection.  

I have been getting messages from all around the world. I didn't recognise it was going to be as huge as what it is, but it has really been something else!"

The Rugby Union of Russia has congratulated their guests  and wished them all the best in their Championship campaign.

In return, Jersey Reds have wished Russia well in the World Cup, and invited them to the island for a return fixture.

 

The result also impressed bookmaker William Hill:

 


And 2018/19 Championship Champions London Irish and their fans were also in awe of the victory:
 

Main image: @jerseyrfc

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