Four additions to 2015/16 Jersey squad22/04/2015
Four more new signings for next season have been unveiled by Jersey RFC.
Wing Tom Howe, back-row player James Freeman, utility back Brendan Cope and centre Mark Cooke will all be arriving on the Island this summer as Jersey build towards 2015/16.
The latest wave of signings mean that so far nine new arrivals have been confirmed by the Island side as Head Coach Harvey Biljon prepares for the club's fourth season in the Greene King IPA Championship.
- Howe, 19, has been an Academy player with Wasps for the last
two seasons and has agreed a contract extension with the Aviva
Premiership side, who will be loaning him to Jersey in 2015/16. The
Milton Keynes-born winger made his England Under 20 debut in this
season's 6 Nations; in addition to Premiership and LV Cup
experience with Wasps, he has also played as a dual-registered
player with Rosslyn Park in National League One.
- Freeman, 24, was born in Solihull and having played for England
under 18s was signed as a professional by Worcester early in his
career before moving to Loughborough University three years ago. He
has captained Loughborough Students for the past two seasons and
played in the pre-season match against Jersey in 2012. He is due to
graduate with a degree in Sports Science and Management this
- Cope, 21, who can play at fly-half, centre or full-back, will
move to Europe from South Africa, where he has played for the
Sharks in Natal province for the past three seasons at under 19 and
under 21 levels. He has been playing for Durban Collegians in the
Cell C Community Cup, South Africa's premier club rugby
- Cooke, 22, was born in Huntingdon and brought up in Cheltenham.
He attended Cardiff Metropolitan University and joined Bristol in
summer 2013. He played British & Irish Cup rugby for Bristol
over the past two seasons, but after limited 1st team opportunities
he joined Rotherham on a dual-registration deal in February this
year, making his debut for the Titans in the home fixture against
Jersey. He has helped the Yorkshire side to the cusp of
qualification for the end-of-season play-offs.
"I'm very pleased to have secured the services of James, Brendan and Mark for our squad next season," said Biljon. "They are players with impressive rugby pedigrees who have the potential to become established as part of Jersey's Championship ambitions as we move into 2015/16.
"Tom is a young player of immense promise and it's great we've been able to finalise an arrangement with Wasps to bring him to Jersey - I'm optimistic this will be of benefit to all parties."
Jersey have one game left in the current Greene King IPA Championship campaign: the home match against Moseley this Saturday; and the season concludes with the Siam Cup against Guernsey at St Peter on Saturday May 2nd.