Hooker Rob Elloway, one of our longest serving and most popular players, has decided to retire from professional rugby and spend more time with his growing family
Rob has been an integral part of the club's success since signing in the summer of 2007 and has played 229 games, having reached 200 during last season.
Speaking of his retirement, Rob said: “I have been involved in playing professional rugby for 15 years and I have been lucky enough to play for Gloucester, Cornish Pirates, Barbarians and Germany all of which have been memorable.
10 of those years have been with the Cornish Pirates, and I have many great memories. In particular, winning the B & I cup against Munster, beating Nottingham in the mud a few days after the passing of a great clubman, Dave Berryman, and scoring 2 tries to beat Bristol at home in 2015.
Now with a 2 year old and another baby on the way in July, I want to spend more time with my wife and children, I feel excited to start the next chapter in my life and keen to find a role where my positive nature and enthusiasm will make a difference.
Although, I have to say, as my wife, son and I all love rugby, there’s no doubt that I won’t be far from a rugby pitch for too long. My Son, Oliver, already attends Rugbytots and he loves to score a try.”
In a message from Kenya, Director and former club President Dicky Evans wrote:
Rugby is about characters and ability and Potty has always led the way on both parameters.
Don't let looks fool you or demeanour, always being the gentlemen with a lovely smile along with the scars of battle (the missing teeth and slight lisp) but at the coalface he has proved himself to be a high quality rugby man who has played some great rugby for the Pirates and will be a loss on and off the park. His CV also reads "Speaks excellent German and passable English after a few bevvies."
Playing on the edge Rob has a great collection of cards (yellow ones), so much so that several years ago I floated the idea to him that players who collected them as a badge of honour should get a simple fine - only to be shot down in flames that it was referees who didn't understand him or his game. This was further backed up by his famous inter round commentary as a guest on John Martin’s live commentary on BBC steam radio when he lambasted the poor referee to an audience worldwide for every penalised mistake made by the Pirates!
Rob is a top bloke, a top character, and for many years one of the first names on the team sheet in a very good Pirates squad - we wish you all the best and will miss you Potty.
‘Potty’ will indeed be missed, including in the clubhouse kitchen where he regularly sneaked away to for a cup of coffee. At the same time, everyone at the Pirates will wish him and his family well.