ALEX DUCKER scored a hat-trick of tries as Cornwall retained the Tamar Cup on Tuesday night with a 28-13 victory over Devon at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground. Devon had led 10-7 at the break but Cornwall scored two quick tries at the start of the second half to take a grip of the game. Both …

DEVON and Cornwall will begin their build up for this year’s County Championship on Tuesday evening when they battle it out for the Tamar Cup at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground (7.30pm). Cornwall have won the Tamar Cup for the last eight seasons but Devon beat them at Camborne in last year’s County Championship. Both counties …

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: …

PREMIERSHIP leaders Exeter Chiefs suffered their first home league defeat in more than 12 months as they were beaten 26-19 Wasps on Sunday. The Chiefs went into the match already assured of a home play-off semi-final and they looked on course for another win when they went 12-0 after just 30 minutes through tries by …

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 …

BATH forward Paul Grant will join Championships side Ealing Trailfinders ahead of the 2019/20 season. The number eight has made 46 appearances for Bath since joining them in 2016. Grant started his career with New Zealand provincial side Otago where he also captained them in a six-year period for his home town club. The 31-year-old, …

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 …

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Cornish Pirates2200743510
Newcastle Falcons220062209
Bedford Blues210153406
Jersey Reds210160676
Ealing Trailfinders210162685
Doncaster Knights210145524
London Scottish200227342
Hartpury College200215650
Yorkshire Carnegie200236870