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24-year-old fly half Brendan Cope joined Yorkshire Carnegie from Greene King IPA Championship rivals Jersey Reds for the 2018-19 season.
South African Cope has enjoyed a successful three-year spell at the Channel Islands club having previously played at Natal.
He has scored two tries this season and was the top points scorer in last season’s British & Irish Cup. He scored twelve of the Reds 27 points in their heart breaking British & Irish Cup semi final loss at home to Leinster A. In the Championship, he was ranked as the fourth best place-kicker in the competition, in terms of points scored with 174 points in total, and has a 74 per cent record from the tee as well as one drop-goal.
Commenting on signing for Yorkshire Carnegie, Cope said, “I am very pleased to be joining the club, this is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited about the future. I have played against Yorkshire a few times with Jersey and I like the style they play with. The club like to play a running, attacking game and I am looking forward to proving myself in that environment and enjoying my rugby. There are quite a few ex-Jersey players in the Carnegie ranks so I am sure that will make it easier settling in.
“The competition gets tougher each year and I know I will need a big pre-season to make sure I stay on top of my game. As a ten I am looking forward to playing at the line and I want to make the most of the opportunity to play attacking rugby. I played against Yorkshire Carnegie recently and saw the impressive redevelopment work at the stadium, it will be great to call Emerald Headingley home next season and hopefully we can create a winning team that will bring the fans in,” added Cope.