Jersey's Thompson thanks Richmond for role in his rugby revival

Dive, dive, dive: Jersey's Guy Thompson scores against London Scottish last weekend and owes Richmond for his rugby revival

Dive, dive, dive: Jersey's Guy Thompson scores against London Scottish last weekend and owes Richmond for his rugby revival

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Jersey rugby star Guy Thompson might be loving life in the Channel Islands, but has revealed he would like to return to Richmond one day.
 

The 25-year-old scored a try and was named man of the match as ex-Richmond fly half Ben Harvey’s men secured their first Championship win ever with a 20-17 triumph over London Scottish on Saturday.
 

Thompson switched to Jersey two summers ago, having been leading try scorer at the Athletic Ground in National Division Two South, and was Jersey’s top scorer as they lifted the National Division One crown last  season.
 

The former England Sevens man is working his way back up the rugby pecking order having first come to prominence with England U18s and Gloucester’s academy.
 

But he has not ruled out a return to the club that gave him his chance on the road back to the top flight.
 

“I loved Richmond. This was a massive opportunity for me to come to Jersey in terms of my rugby career, but I owe Richmond a hell of a lot,” he said.
 

“I had just come back to rugby when I joined them and they gave me that chance to get back into the game.
 

“I made a lot of friends there and they are freinds for life.  I’m still in touch with director of rugby Steve Hill and know they wish me the best.
 

“It is a place, in the future, I’d love to end up back at if they come back up the leagues.”
 

Moving to Jersey was an easy choice for Thompson, who has plenty of family on the island with his dad having been born there.
 

His team’s return to winning ways, having swept all before them on the way to promotion last season, has been partly inspired by a drinking ban until Harvey’s men have won three games in a row.
 

And Thompson admitted the visitors London Scottish, who did not stay on the island on Saturday night to sample its hospitality, were the blueprint they would be following for the time being.
 

“We haven’t signed any big names, we’ve signed people with potential and who are aiming to get to the top level,”he added.
 

“We want to finish mid-table in this league and then push on in the future. A bit like what Scottish have done.
 

“They missed out on the islanda atmosphere by going home but sometimes that is the most professional thing to do because then you don’t have any distractions.
 

“The ban came in for us because we’d done a lot of hard work in and things were not going our way.
 

“We said that once we got to the situation where we were enjoying the hard work and getting results, then we'll enjoy ourselves.
 

“We’ve got two wins now and we’ll keep pushing on.”

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