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Cope returns to Jersey Reds

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BRENDAN COPE will look to put a disappointing year with Yorkshire Carnegie behind him this summer when he returns to St Peter as a Jersey Reds player.

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The South African fly-half has agreed to rejoin Harvey Biljon’s side for the 2019/20 Championship campaign following an injury-marred campaign in Leeds, which is set to end with cash-strapped Carnegie offloading all-but eight of their current squad.

Cope, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Yorkshire at Stade Santander in September, will resume his battle with Aaron Penberthy for the number ten shirt from June, as he attempts to reach the 500-point mark for the club. Cope, who turns 25 next month, played around 70 games for the Reds between 2015-2018.

Harvey Biljon, Jersey’s director of rugby, said: ‘We were disappointed to lose Brendan last year, and we know he’ll be eager to make up for lost time when we get together.

‘He’s a talented player, including both the attacking and defensive sides of the game, as well as his ability as a kicker, and will be a real asset to us next season.’

Meanwhile, Reds have also confirmed that prop Sam Rodman will leave the club this summer to sign for Cornish Pirates. The former Ealing front-row has made 24 competitive appearances for the Islanders this season, including four starts.

Jersey conclude their league season this Saturday with a 3pm home finale against Coventry, who are also bringing a second XV to play a friendly against Jersey Athletic [12pm].

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