With pre-season in full swing around the Greene King IPA Championship we had a look through our rivals websites to get a quick update on what is happening around the league.

Yorkshire Carnegie fans will have at least four new experiences next season when they go on the road. Moseley have now opened their new stand adjacent to the club house which was well underway when we visited their last season whilst the redevelopment of Ashton Gate continues at a pace for Bristol Rugby and will have moved on considerably from our last visit when we go there in October.  With the return of London Welsh to the Championship, we will also get a return to Old Deer Park with fans having to alter their SatNavs from Oxford's Kassam Stadium back to Kew Gardens. The venue has been a happy hunting ground for Carnegie in recent years and fans are always assured of a warm welcome in the historic clubhouse. Finally, having played Nottingham at Meadow Lane last season, for next season Nottingham will continue to play their games at their Lady Bay ground.

Unsurprisingly, relegated Welsh and promoted Ealing Trailfinders have been amongst the busiest in the transfer market during the close season. Amongst Ealing's recruits is a familiar face to Carnegie fans in Nathan Hannay, who will be looking to add his experience that helped keep Jersey up when they were promoted originally, to the Trailfinders cause. 

Two young players from the highly successful Leeds Beckett University team have got a chance to play in the Championship this season and will could come up against their former university team mates at Yorkshire Carnegie when their new sides face us this season. Fly half Will Cargill has joined Cornish Pirates after he was named BUCS Player of the Year last season while Sam Brady, who featured in the Yorkshire Carnegie first team last season in the British & Irish Cup against Bristol, has joined Doncaster Knights. 

Another former Yorkshire Carnegie man on the move is scrum half Will Cliff, who has joined Bristol from Sale and will be in competition with a former team mate from their time in Leeds, Craig Hampson for the number nine shirt for Andy Robinson's side. 

There is a return for former Moseley star Glyn Hughes, who left Yorkshire Carnegie last season to join London Wasps, but has now returned to the Birmingham club. He is joined at Billesley Common by Harry Casson. 

London Scottish will be looking to build on their impressive campaign last season and amongst their seven new signings for next season is former Carnegie prop David Young. 

There have been two important coaching announcements within the league. Nottingham Rugby were delighted to secure Head Coach Martin Haag on a new two year contract after the former Bath man was mentioned in connection with a number of roles in the elite of the game. Rotherham have moved quickly to replace Lee Blackett, who has joined Wasps in Coventry, with the appointment of former Llanelli backs coach Mark Jones. The 35 year old Welshman was capped 47 times by his country and was part of the Welsh side which won the Grand Slam in 2008.

He also had experience of coaching within the Wales set-up; he assisted Rob Howley during the 2012 autumn internationals and 2013 Six Nations Championship, as well as touring Japan in the summer of that year.

Jones enjoyed a 17-year association with the Scarlets as player and coach. The Welshman appeared in more than 160 games for Llanelli Scarlets scoring 85 tries in 12 seasons during a distinguished career which saw Jones picked for the Rugby World Cups in 2003 and 2007. His career however, came to a premature end in 2010 through injury at just 30.

And finally, our first opponents for the new season, Jersey, have confirmed their squad for the new season. Jersey may have just enjoyed their finest Greene King IPA Championship campaign in recent memory, but head coach Harvey Biljon insists they will not be getting carried away as they gear up for next season.

With the side battling relegation when Biljon took over in 2013, the 38-year-old South African helped Jersey beat the Championship drop before steering them to a seventh-place finish in the table last term.

Biljon’s underdogs completed a league double over promotion-chasing Nottingham, and produced an impressive run of form at the end of the season that saw them beat eventual champions Worcester Warriors 23-21 at St. Peter, thanks to Aaron Penberthy’s last-gasp drop-goal from halfway.

But with a host of new faces arriving at the club and pre-season already underway, Biljon believes the squad will have to adjust to life in the Championship all over again.

“I think last season was an exciting one for the club as we exceeded expectations,” he said.

“I was really impressed with how this young group of players came together and improved throughout the season, and remained committed to playing good rugby right until the very last game.

“Jersey had been in a relegation battle two years on the bounce, and we really wanted to stabilise in the Championship.

“To do that we needed to get the best out of the players we had. We treated them like adults, made them understand what Jersey is about and what it means to represent the club.

“The players made the difference and leaders began to emerge from within the group. But we have just had 14 new players come into the group, and now is a transitional period for the club.

“But we are very confident in where the group has come to, and the new players seem very enthusiastic about contributing. So, from now we need to build the side together and give them an understanding of how we do things at Jersey.”

Among Jersey’s recruits are England Under 20 wing Tom Howe, who joins from Wasps having earned himself experience in the Premiership and LV= Cup.

Flanker James Freeman, utility-back Brendan Cope, centre Mark Cooke, and prop Ben Featherstone have all also arrived on the island, and Biljon admits all the new signings face a steep learning curve to adjust to the intensity of Championship rugby.

He added: “We’ve brought in a young guy out of South Africa, Brendan Cope, and he is an unknown quantity who will be keen to test himself, so it will be good to see how he gets on.

“There are a lot of guys coming in who are maybe a little raw – they have the genetics, for want of a better word, to play rugby. Big men like Ben Featherstone, but they need to learn what it is like to play week in, week out at the highest level.

“Being at Jersey is a unique experience. These boys are enjoying being on the island, and don’t forget they will travel away together every other weekend. So it is important we have a close-knit group and they are already starting to gel.

“Overall it’s a very good group, but we are not getting carried away. We are not aiming too high as it is a transitional year.

“We will just be looking to stabilise again in the Championship. If we can do it two seasons on the bounce we can call ourselves a Championship club and then push on for honours.”