Yorkshire Carnegie have bolstered their back line for next season with the signings of 24-year-old fly half Brendan Cope from Greene King IPA Championship rivals Jersey Reds and scrum half JB Bruzulier, 25, from French club Nevers.

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 is the current top points scorer in this 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 last weekend. In the Championship, he is ranked as the eighth best place-kicker, in terms of points scored, and has a 73 per cent record from the tee as well as one drop-goal.

Welshman Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier has experience in the Greene King IPA Championship having helped Worcester Warriors to promotion back in 2015. He captained the Warriors in their British & Irish Cup triumph that season and played in both legs of the Championship play-off final win over Bristol.

Bruzulier, who played his junior rugby with Llandaff North, Llandaff and St Josephs before having spells with Cardiff Blues and the Dragons at U16s and U18s, has respected Wales at age-group and sevens level. After moving to Filton College in Bristol, he had a year with Saracens on an Academy contract in 2011, turning out for Old Albanians and Wales 7s, before moving to France, where he signed up with second division club Le Pays d’Aix. Whilst at Le Pays d’Aix he spent time at Toulon on trial where he was mentored by Jonny Wilkinson. He returned to England in 2014 from French side Le Parc to join Worcester on a two year contract where, as well as helping them back to the Aviva Premiership, he also spent time on loan at Clermont Auvergne. He made a permanent move back to France with Nevers in 2016.

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. Jimmy Lowes likes his teams 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.

For Bruzulier, who is squeezing in his wedding and honeymoon into the off season, the chance to challenge himself in English rugby for a third time is something he is relishing at this stage of his career.

He added, “Joining Yorkshire Carnegie was an opportunity I could not turn down. I am looking forward to getting back to English rugby and the aim is to try and help the side gain promotion again. The set up and facilities at Yorkshire Carnegie are great and the coaching staff led by Jimmy Lowes are top class. Add to that the arrival of Chris Stirling from the Hurricanes and it is clear the direction the club is heading in.

“Jimmy made a big impression on me when I spoke to him. He spoke to me about playing regular rugby and, as a nine, I am looking forward to working with him. I have seen how the team plays and hopefully I can add to that next season. The club is based in a big city and this is a great opportunity for me at an exciting time in my life. Going to France was a massive experience for me and I think I am a better player for it, I am keen to come back now and show what I can do,” added the scrum half.