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Jersey Director of Rugby Ben Harvey brings in fresh faces at half-back and back-row as he seeks the winning formula for the crucial clash with Doncaster Knights at Castle Park (Friday, 7.45pm).

Fly-half Mike Le Bourgeois, one of the form players for the Islanders this season until he was injured at Bristol three weeks ago, is back at number 10 and will be partnered by former Doncaster scrum-half Nicky Griffiths.

Flanker Kingsley Lang and number 8 Guy Thompson are back in the starting line-up after being rested for the encounter with Newcastle Falcons last weekend the pair are joined in Jerseys back-row by Paul Rodgers, a second-half replacement against the Falcons.

Two other replacements from the 3-24 loss to Newcastle, centre Dai Bishop and skipper Nathan Hannay in the engine room, complete the changes along with another ex-Knight, Steve Boden the experienced hooker gets the nod in spite of an impressive showing by Dave Felton on Saturday.

Jerseys bench features the 5:2 split of forwards and backs that Harvey has favoured for much of the campaign, with all seven replacements having been involved in the Newcastle game.

There have been some difficult calls in selection, admitted Harvey. Some players really put their hands up against Newcastle, such as the starting props, and deserve another chance, but Ive also got some players whove been in great form this season, such as Thompson and Le Bourgeois, who I wanted to get back into the side.

Im sure Doncaster will be motivated, with a new man-in-charge [Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths] and back in front of their home fans after a big defeat last weekend, but I cant control that I want my boys to focus on what they have to do, and if they perform to their collective ability then Im confident we can achieve the result.

Jersey squad, sponsored by Locate Jersey and jersey.com

1 Richard Barrington

2 Steve Boden

3 Jon Brennan

4 Dave Markham

5 Nathan Hannay (capt)

6 Paul Rodgers

7 Kingsley Lang

8 Guy Thompson

9 Nicky Griffiths

10 Mike Le Bourgeois

11 Ed Dawson

12 Dai Bishop

13 Donovan Sanders

14 Ed Tellwright

15 Glenn Bryce

Replacements

16 Dave Felton

17 Sean McCarthy

18 James Gethings

19 James Voss

20 Fred Silcock

21 Dave McCormack

22 Barry Davies

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