The suspense surrounding the identity of this season’s dual registered players was broken tonight when it was revealed that along with 5 from last year’s squad, there were 2 new faces, along with a further 2 new signings from the Royal Navy.
Max Bodilly, Tom Hendrickson, Jack Innard, Sam Simmonds and Stuart Townsend – all highly rated young players - are returning for another season.
Their number is boosted with the arrival of Josh Caulfield and Sean Lonsdale, both lock forwards. Taunton-born Josh, aged 19, has played for England at under 16 and 18: whilst North Walian Sean, who is also 19, has represented Welsh Development team RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru).
All seven will be on dual-registration with Exeter Chiefs and is a further demonstration of the excellent relationship between the two clubs.
This arrangement is clearly good news not just for the clubs but also for the players, as Gavin Cattle said: “We have seen how well the boys who have been with us before have developed, when representing both clubs.
“Josh and Sean are welcomed into the squad and their arrival once again confirms the good and much appreciated link we have with Exeter Chiefs.”
If that wasn’t enough to put a smile on the fans faces tonight then the announcement of the signing of two Navy-associated players ‘put the cherry on top of the icing on the cake’.
The Navy duo comprises Cornish-born Edd Pascoe and Fijian Timoci Kava. Edd is currently based at HMS Raleigh whilst Timoci is at RNAS Culdrose.
Lock/back-rower Edd played for Redruth last season and has also represented the Royal Navy, whilst back-rower Timoci was a star player in the HMS Seahawk side that earlier this year lifted The Navy Cup when beating Royal Marines 40 Commando (Taunton) in the final.
Speaking of the two signings, Cornish Pirates Coach Alan Paver said “We are very pleased to welcome Edd and Timoci on board, and our appreciation is expressed to the Royal Navy for enabling them to sign for us.
“Both are hard-working and committed players, we are keen to aid their rugby development to enable them to realise their full potential.”