Cornish Pirates

NEWCASTLE Falcons scrum-half Ruaridh Dawson has become the Cornish Pirates’ second new signing ahead of the 2019-20 season. The 21-year-old, who has played for Blaydon, has penned a one-year deal at Mennaye Field. He has made five first team appearances for Newcastle but is keen to try and get regular first team rugby. Dawson said: …

EALING fly-half Craig Willis has become the Cornish Pirates’ first new signing for next season. The 24-year-old has penned a two-year contract at Mennaye Field. Willis is a former Newcastle Falcons player, who played 38 times for the North East club, before moving to Ealing. Pirates co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “Craig has a fine pedigree, …

CORNISH Pirates hooker Sam Matavesi has joined French giants Toulouse on loan. The 27-year-old Fiji international has signed for the Top 14 club to the end of June, however, he will return to England to play for the Royal Navy. Matavesi is contracted with the Pirates for the next two seasons after agreeing a new …

HOOKER Tom Channon and young lock Jake Clemson have penned new one-year contracts with the Cornish Pirates. Devon-born Channon, 28, joined the Pirates back in 2013 and has made 106 appearances for the club. He is fighting back to fitness after two knee injuries in the last two seasons. “Although the last two years have …

TWO former Cornish Pirates players will be returning to the Championship club this summer Centre Nicolas De Battista and prop Jay Tyack have both signed two-year contracts. Argentine De Battista is returning to Mennaye Field after a spell playing for Zebre in Italy. The 28-year-old made 53 appearances for the Pirates in his first two …

SAM MATAVESI returns to the Cornish Pirates’ starting line-up for their big home match against league leaders London Irish on Saturday (2.30pm). The teams have already played each other three times this season. In the October away league match, the Pirates lost 38-29 and they were beaten again at the Madejski Stadium in November, going down …

FORMER Cornish Pirates, Bristol and Cornwall prop Jamal Ford-Robinson will join Gloucester in the summer from fellow Premiership club Northampton. The 25-year-old, who can play on both sides of the front-row, moved to Franklin’s Gardens from Bristol at the start of last season. He was a regular in his first season at the Saints, making …

HOOKER Dan Frost and back-row forward John Stevens are the latest Cornish Pirates players to sign new contracts with the Championship club. Frost, 21, has signed for a further year after making 26 appearances for the Pirates, while Stevens, a product of Penzance & Newlyn’s youth section, has penned a new two-year deal. Co-coach Alan …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons14140044315166
Ealing Trailfinders14111249125353
Cornish Pirates14100434722147
Jersey Reds1460832035032
Bedford Blues1460825328431
Doncaster Knights1460824231628
London Scottish1441929931427
Hartpury College14401022531724
Yorkshire Carnegie1400141927202
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
6Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131