CENTRE Rory Parata and wing/full-back Matt Evans are the latest Cornish Pirates players to pen new deals with the Championship club.

Parata has signed a new two-year contract, while Canadian international Evans has agreed a one-year extension.

Australian-born Parata, 24, joined the Pirates last year after playing for Italian side Zebre. The former Ireland Under-19 player had previously represented Munster at youth level and then Irish provincial side Connacht.  He has enjoyed a good first season with the Pirates making 19 appearances.

Evans, 31, has been with the Pirates since2011 and has made more than 120 appearances for the club, scoring 58 tries.

Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “In his first season with us, Rory has had a really good impact both on and off the field. Very experienced from his time at Connacht and Zebre, he has a depth of knowledge that he transfers onto the pitch.

“There is no denying that we are getting more width on our game, and more balance as well, so he’s been a welcome addition who also gives us that extra dimension in attack.

“Regarding Matt, he of course has Pirates DNA running through him, the way he acts and carries himself speaks volumes and he has had a great career here. What Matt has learnt he again passes that on to the boys coming through and he still has that ability to turn it on in a match. A really valued member of the squad, he is not only part of our history but also of the Pirates going forward as well.”


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