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 seasons at the club and also won both the player-of-the-Year and the players’ player-of-the-year awards in his first year.

Tyack, 22, was previously a member of the Pirates’ playing development foundation between 2014-16 before going on to claim experience for  Chinnor and Birmingham-Moseley.

Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “It is great that these two players are returning to the Pirates.

“Having previously enjoyed two very good and successful seasons here we are ecstatic to welcome Nicolas back. He has a great work ethic and, when things were at times difficult, he in the past got us through those patches by leading from the front. A player who gives his all, he leaves nothing out on the pitch.

“When previously with us, Jay showed real potential as a young prop forward, and playing in the National leagues since has naturally aided his development. He has impressed playing at tight-head for Birmingham-Moseley and being a skilful front-rower we will now be looking to take his game to the next level.”

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