Russia Rugby Union Team When Russia were left without an opponent for one of their Rugby World Cup warm-up fixtures, ahead of their return to rugby union's premier tournament next month in Japan , their head coach Lyn Jones knew who to call next. I spoke to my father and he asked if Jersey would be interested.
Given their last pre-season fixture was a convincing victory over National League One contenders Old Elthamians, the prospect of playing a Test side in Moscow makes for some contrast. Russia are coming off a chastening loss to Italy, when they conceded 13 tries, but the younger Jones believes that disaster was more of a one-off.
Lyn Jones, the former Ospreys coach, has been in the role for just over a year, arriving in Russia via a stint in Namibia with Welwitschias after stepping down as Dragons director of rugby. While the odds of Russia actually winning the Rugby World Cup are of course well into the thousands, Luc Jones has seen enough to know his father's team are better than that heavy defeat against the Azzurri suggests.
I have not spoken to my father about it - probably best to stay away after that scoreline!
South-west London and Jersey with its population of under , are two extremely different environments, but he has settled in quickly. Plus, with Jersey an ever-improving force in the Championship and given a number of their players have moved on in recent years to play at the top level - including Brett Herron Harlequins , Gary Graham Newcastle and Elvis Taione Exeter - Jones has joined the club at an exciting time, as Jersey prepare to represent the league on a global stage.
They have continued to improve their league position each year and given the number of players moving on to Premiership, Top 14 or Pro14 clubs from here, it is quite remarkable," Jones admits.
We are representing the Championship on a global scale. If we can go there and win, we can show just how strong the Championship really is.