CENTRE Callum Paterson and scrum-half Alex Schwarz are the latest Cornish Pirates players to sign new contracts with the Championship club.

The pair have penned new two year deals at Mennaye Field.

Patterson joined the Pirates from Ulster last year on a one-year contract and has been virtually ever-present for the club this season, making a total of 19 appearances and scoring three tries.

Schwarz, 25, also arrived at the Pirates last summer, joining from Welsh Premiership team RGC – Rygbi Gogledd Cymru – and has made 13 appearances for the Cornish club.

Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “We are delighted to announce that both these players are on board for an extra two years.

“Callum is a robust character, competitive and always on the edge who has had a strong first season. He brings a lot to the group in training as well as in matches.

“As for Alex he is bedding in well and we have started to see what he is capable of. A cool customer who brings great tempo to the game, like Callum he has played a lot of rugby. Both are experienced which counts for a lot when those difficult moments in games arise.”

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