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Jersey Reds sign three Premiership players and a Munster centre

By Ian Cameron
Toby Venner of Gloucester releases a pass during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park on December 26, 2020 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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The Jersey Reds have confirmed the signing of five players ahead of the 2022/23 season, including two Premiership players and a Munster centre.

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They have signed Jonny Law from Leicester Tigers, Toby Venner from Gloucester, Alex McHenry from Munster, Russell Bennett from Ampthill and a Josh Gray on loan from Gloucester.

The 21-year-old Jonny Law is a former England U19 cap who has been with Leicester Tigers since 2016.

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Scrumhalf Venner (24) played his first senior rugby with Hartpury University and has been with Gloucester over the past two seasons, making Premiership appearances for both Gloucester and on loan at Bristol Bears.

Centre McHenry (24), has been at Munster for six years, while also playing for Cork Con, Ireland U20s and Ireland 7s during this time in Limerick.

Bennett (23), a fly-half who was part of the London Irish Academy squad before attending Cardiff Metropolitan University. Helater joined Championship side Ampthill and while also spending time on loan with Wasps.

The have also agreed a season loan deal with Glouceser for Josh Gray, a 20-year-old back rower who has been a part of the Kingsholm set-up for several years after playing junior rugby for Salisbury, Cirencester, and Longlevens.He was also a member of England’s under-18 and under-20 teams.

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Jersey Reds DoR Harvey Biljon said: “It’s exciting to have our squad moreorless confirmed, with just one or two possible additions over the rest of the summer, and along with the rest of the coaching and back-room team I’m looking forward to seeing the boys in action when they report for pre-season.

“We have an exciting mix for the campaign ahead, with a sound core of players coming back from last season and some new additions who have the potential to strengthen us further and set the base for a good season.”

The Reds will begin pre-season training soon, ahead of a trio of summer friendlies, involving Gallagher Premiership opponents London Irish and Bath, and the start of the Greene King IPA Championship season on September 10th.

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