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, having gained considerable experience playing for the Falcons and more recently at Ealing.

“His all-round game is very good, combining a wide range of skills expected of a ‘10’ in distribution, running, kicking and defence. Importantly, he is also someone who is not only a fine player but is an individual with values we seek to be a squad member.

Willis added: “I’m delighted to be joining Cornish Pirates. Speaking in depth with Gavin and Alan (Paver), like them I’m really excited about what they are building at the club both on and off the field and I am really looking forward to be, a part of the environment and culture that has been built. At the age of 24 and reckoning my best rugby is still ahead of me, I feel the team and environment at Cornish Pirates will really help benefit this.”

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