Big thanks and best wishes to departing players Jack Arnott, Luke Chapman, Alex Dancer, Jake Parker and Edd Pascoe, go well on your new career paths, #OnceaPirate.
Centre Alex Dancer and back-rower Jake Parker have been with the Pirates since 2013, during which time they have played some excellent rugby and been fully committed throughout. But for injury Alex would have made more than his 61 appearances, whilst Jake has featured in 80 games.
For Alex, who still has ambitions of playing Championship rugby, it has been a very difficult decision to choose to leave Cornwall, however he wishes to be closer to his family and also start preparation for life after rugby. Cornishman Jake, who aims to move to London to start a working career, has nothing planned rugby-wise at present.
Initially dual-registered with Exeter Chiefs, wing Jack Arnott has made 39 appearances in the last two seasons and has scored 16 tries. He is returning to his birth city of Plymouth and will play for Plymouth Albion.
As for Luke Chapman and Royal Marines band member Edd Pascoe, despite having limited opportunities since joining the club this season, they too have been valued members of the squad who have learnt much.
WE wish all five players well for the future, in rugby and with their chosen career paths, and it is good to know that they have not only enjoyed and benefitted during their time at the Pirates, but also appreciate the support of everyone associated with the Cornish Pirates.
Thanking them all for their contribution, joint coach Gavin Cattle said:
“At the end of a season there is always going to be outgoing and incoming players, however I just want to acknowledge the five for their efforts and thank each one of them.
Some have been here longer than others but this season has been about this group, when everyone has given their all both on and off the pitch. They have been very much a big part of the environment being created.”
Earlier this year one our longest serving stalwart players, hooker Rob Elloway, announced his retirement from the professional game. Rob will stay involved in rugby locally and has taken employment with NJC Construction, Redruth.