London Scottish have today added considerable depth to their front-row, by completing the exciting double signing of hooker Devlin Hope (left) from Coventry, and loosehead prop Jonny Harris (right) from London Irish.
The duo are the latest in a string of signings as the Scots look towards the upcoming campaign, with pre-season now underway.
Hope, the South African hooker, has also represented Western Province’s provincial side Valke in the Currie Cup before joining Coventry, where he made a big impact in National One.
The 26-year-old is now raring to go at his new club. “I’ve got a couple of days of training under my belt now and there’s a great bunch of guys here so I’m excited to join Scottish and for the season ahead.”
Jonny Harris arrives at the Athletic Ground after three years with London Irish and also a loan spell with Bedford Blues.
The 25-year-old prop from Norfolk joined Irish from Leicester in July 2013. Harris picked up an Aviva Premiership 'A' League winner's medal with Tigers in 2010/11, and has also been capped by England at U19 level.
Harris is looking forward to his latest challenge at another Exile club. “After speaking to Pete I’m sure that Scottish are on the up and I can’t wait to get my boots on and try as hard as I can for the club.”
Head Coach Peter Richards says that both players will bring a huge amount of quality to what is shaping up to be an impressive squad for the 16/17 campaign.
“Devlin is a great prospect and is a ball-playing hooker. He has plenty of attacking flair and plays in a similar style to Schalk Brits, giving us a different front row option. I’m sure his time in the Currie Cup and with Coventry has prepared him for Championship rugby.”
He continued: “Jonny has proven Premiership quality and we are excited to have him. It’s another opportunity for him to establish himself at loosehead with Grant Shiells as well, so we have some great options across the front-row.”