CHRIS STIRLING has returned to the Cornish Pirates as their director of rugby on a three-year deal. The Kiwi, who was the club’s high performance manager between 2009 and 2012, arrives from Championship rivals Yorkshire Carnegie. Stirling helped the Pirates become the first  winners of the British & Irish Cup in 2010 and also led …

THE Cornish Pirates have strengthened their front-row options for next season by signing Jersey prop Sam Rodman. The 26-year-old Cheshire-born player has penned a two-year contract with the Penzance-based club, who were looking for a replacement for Christian Judge, who has moved to the Premiership. Cornish Pirates co-coach Alan Paver said: “We are really pleased …

CORNISH Pirates ended a run of seven straight losses with a 33-29 win over Chris Stirling’s Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday. The Pirates went 7-0 up within a minute of the game starting when AJ Cant gathered a kick through to touch down. Javier Alvarez added the conversion. The visitors cut the gap with a penalty …

BATH Rugby have confirmed that director of rugby Todd Blackadder will leave the club at the end of the season. Blackadder has been granted early release from his one-year contract extension in order to allow him to join Toshiba in Japan as head coach. “It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead the Blue, …

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 …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons80002398537
Cornish Pirates860222810329
Ealing Trailfinders851223015925
Jersey Reds850319217925
London Scottish831413515218
Hartpury College830513813517
Doncaster Knights830513219213
Bedford Blues820613016012
Yorkshire Carnegie80081163861
1Newcastle Falcons660027
2Ealing Trailfinders641121
3Cornish Pirates640220
4Jersey Reds640220
5Coventry Rugby631218
6Nottingham Rugby630315
7Hartpury University630315
8London Scottish621313
10Doncaster Knights62048
11Bedford Blues61058
12Yorkshire Carnegie60061