Championship club Jersey Reds will face the Russian national team this month.
The game in Moscow, which will be a pre-season friendly for the second tier English side, will act as a warm-up game for the Russians as they prepare for the World Cup in Japan this autumn.
Russia are in a pool with Scotland, Ireland, Samoa and hosts Japan, and are ranked 20th in the world.
The 27 August fixture has been arranged through Russia head coach Lyn Jones, whose son Luc plays for Jersey.
“We were very interested in the prospect of a historic fixture for the club straight away, although there were lots of details that needed to be finalised in a short time,” said Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon.
“With a lot of hard work on both sides, and a real will by all involved to make this happen, we have been able to confirm the trip.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge for our players, but one that we believe will be a great experience for them and play a major part in getting the squad ready for the forthcoming season.”
A 36-strong party will leave the Channel Island for the game at the Slava Stadium in the Russian capital, with the club also having a four-day training camp.
Jersey, who finished fourth in the Championship last season, are about to begin their eighth season in the second tier of English club rugby.
They face National One side Old Elthamians and Welsh region Scarlets in their other warm-up games before their first competitive game against relegated Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on 21 September.
The most southerly football team ever to play in the English league system are already targeting promotion – after just one game.
Jersey Bulls made their debut in Division One of the Combined Counties League – the 10th tier of English football – with a 3-0 win over Ash United at St Helier’s Springfield Stadium.
Man of the match Fraser Barlow had the honour of scoring the team’s first competitive goal, following pre-season matches against League Two side Stevenage and Leicester City’s Under-23s.
Barlow’s opener late in the first half was added to by a Karl Hinds penalty and a last-minute third from substitute Harry Cardwell.
“Our aim is promotion, without a doubt,” said manager Gary Freeman.
“I’m very proud,” Barlow told BBC Radio Jersey after making a little bit of local history on an island whose sporting scene has recently been dominated by Jersey’s international cricket side and a professional rugby team that plays in the Championship.
“I could have had a few more goals though, but it was good to finally get the finish. We could have been three or four goals up before I scored, but it was good.”
The team are following a similar path to their near neighbours and bitter rivals Guernsey, who set up Guernsey FC in 2012.
That side marched through the division the Bulls are in, winning the title, and the one above as they won consecutive promotions.
Jersey Bulls scratches an itch that has long troubled football in the island – getting the best players regular games of a higher standard.
A former boarding school choirmaster has been found guilty of abusing four boys.
Kenneth Francis, 72, assaulted the choristers while a teacher at Widford Lodge Boarding School in Chelmsford in the 1970s.
Francis, of Pepys Court, Cambridge, was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
He will be sentenced on 27 August.
He was on trial alongside Malcolm Archer, of North Wootton, Somerset, who was cleared of two counts of indecent assault.
The 67-year-old was suspended as director of chapel music at Winchester College late in 2017 and subsequently left the school.
Abuser ‘rated performance’
Francis assaulted boys who were members of the school choir between 1972 and 1979.
He had kissed pupils during one-to-one lessons before touching their genitals, the court heard.
One of Francis’s victims said during the trial that he had been abused beneath the school stage then given reward stars by the choirmaster, which he told police were “for my performance under the stage”.
One of the men abused by Francis said it had taken many years for him to speak about what had happened.
“The psychological scarring is something that I have had to struggle with growing up, but it never heals,” he said.
“You just learn to live with it, as a dark part of yourself that you try to keep hidden away.