Four additions to 2015/16 Jersey squad


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.
    Tom Howe Head +sh
  • 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 summer.
  • 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 competition.
    Bren Cope
  • 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.
    Mark Cooke

"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.

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