WE are delighted to announce that coaching duo Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver have signed new 2-year contracts with the Cornish Pirates to the end of May 2019.
Both Gav & Paves are well-known and highly respected in Championship circles, with a wealth of experience behind them and took over the reins as co-Coaches last year following the departure of former Director of Rugby Ian Davies
They appeared as players for the Pirates in a number of memorable successes, including winning the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham in 2007, and becoming the first ever winners of the British & Irish Cup in 2010.
Also listed among their personal honours are featuring for the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks, and playing for the Barbarians.
Welshman Gavin and Yorkshire-born Alan have completely embraced Cornish life during their years in the Duchy, whilst also epitomising all that is good about the Cornish Pirates. Dedicated and professional they have been an inspiration to many.
“Taking on the roles of co-Coaches has been a challenge but one that both Alan and I have enjoyed.” said Gavin
“The squad has been smaller and generally younger, so credit is due the players who have maintained their focus to develop and progress.”
“The next few years should form part of what has been - and is - an exciting journey, and although considerable commitment is required, we can all sense the considerable potential here.”
With Director Martin Haag lined up to provide assistance on a part-time basis, the coaching future at the Cornish Pirates looks bright indeed.