Cornish Pirates lose Biljon to Championship rivals
Cornish Pirates assistant coach Harvey Biljon is to become the head coach of the Pirates IPA Greene King Championship rivals Jersey.
The former London Wasps scrum-half will take up his role at the start of next week, working alongside orwards Coach Steve Boden, who will remain in interim charge for Jersey's match against London Welsh at St Peter this Saturday.
Biljon comes to Jersey after four-and-a-half seasons in Cornwall and during this period the Pirates enjoyed considerable success, winning the British & Irish Cup in 2010 and twice reaching the Championship play-off final.
Previously the 36-year-old South African was a player and Director of Rugby at Blackheath from 2006 to 2009, and also coached the England Counties representative team for two seasons.
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Jersey RFC Chairman Bill Dempsey said Biljon had been the outstanding candidate.
"We had a very long meeting with Harvey last week and were extremely impressed with his ambition and enthusiasm regarding the Head Coach role," he said.
"We wanted to appoint someone to take charge and consolidate our position in the Championship after a challenging first half of the season.
"Some high-calibre rugby CVs have been considered, but we are convinced we have found the right man for the job, and are grateful that Cornish Pirates have agreed to release Harvey from his contract so that he can take charge almost immediately."
Biljon, whose last official game involvement with the Cornish Pirates was the fixture at home to Plymouth Albion on Boxing Day, thanked the Pirates for agreeing to release him from his contract as he now looks forward to a new challenge.
He said: “My time with the Cornish Pirates has been enjoyable and it has helped me to develop. I would like to thank Dicky Evans, former High Performance Manager Chris Stirling, my work colleagues, and all volunteers and supporters in general for their help and encouragement, which has been so greatly appreciated.
Biljon added: "There's obviously a little bit of the unknown when taking on the challenge of a Head Coach role, and the opportunity offered by Jersey is one that I am now looking forward to.”