Jersey Rugby Club’s first team face a tough home fixture next week when they take on the might of Moscow City Ballet.
The players will go head to head in training with the Russian ballet dancers at the JRFC in St Peter on Tuesday 18th February from 2pm.
While the Jersey team is nearly more than half way through its 31-fixture season, the Moscow City Ballet is currently embarking on a 100-show tour and is in the island performing two productions, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, at Jersey Opera House from Wednesday 19th– Sunday 23rd February.
Despite playing on their home turf, the Reds will not be wearing their standard strip but instead will be sporting some ‘ballet attire’, while their opponents will be donning the rugby shirts.
The encounter, which is a first for the two teams, will see both players and dancers pit their wits in their respective disciplines to determine who comes out on top as the fittest and toughest.
Jersey’s new Head Coach Harvey Biljon said: “We can’t underestimate the skill and strength of our opponents. We know they will be a tough match, but we’re confident that our legs will outlast theirs.”
Once the ballerinas have had a taste of the JRFC’s training regime, the tables will turn and the dancers will then put the players through their paces with a ballet class.
Moscow City Ballet Company Manager Martin Taylor said: “A three hour ballet performance is roughly equivalent to two 80 minutes rugby games back to back, or running 18 miles, so we are going into this as strong contenders. When a dancer jumps on pointe, she carries 3 times her body weight on her big toe alone, and on average a male dancer lifts approximately 1½ tonnes in weight in ballet dancers throughout a performance – now that’s tough!”