Toby Freeman

Toby Freeman

Wednesday 3rd May 2017


Know Your Players - Toby Freeman

By Phil Westren

It was announced in April that Toby had signed a two year contract with the Cornish Pirates. An experienced Championship player, renowned for his work rate, physicality and passion, he joins us from Nottingham.

Toby first began playing the game of rugby at Penryn College, when aged 13 he was coached by former Pirate Adrian Bick. He also played for Penryn RFC, where a friend’s dad, Anthony 'Stack' Hancock was another big influence who provided encouragement.

Further education took Toby to Truro College, where he appreciated support given by Ricky Pellow, and he then went to Exeter University, completing a degree in Sports science and then later a Masters in Sports Psychology and Sociology.

His rugby also benefitted, being coached by Rob Baxter at Exeter Chiefs, as afterwards proved the case during time working under Andre Bester at Rotherham Titans, and both Martin Haag and former Munster man Ian Costello at Nottingham.

Before joining Rotherham Toby also had a spell playing for Ampo Ordizia in Spain, where he was man-of-the-match when helping them lift the Kings Cup.

On returning to Cornwall, Toby is really looking forward to the chance of playing in front of family and friends “back home”, as well as in front of the passionate Mennaye faithful, and having spent two years coaching at West Bridgford in East Midlands 2 (during his time at Nottingham), has taken on a coach role at Penryn, to give something back to the club where for him it all began.

Know Your Players - Toby Freeman

Toby also enjoys leisure time keeping his young golden retriever ‘Oscar’ amused. It apparently makes recovery easier the day after a game – taking, in his own words “the big lad for a stroll!”

Year of Birth: 1987
Height: 6’ 5” (1.97m)
Weight: 17st 13lbs (114kgs)
Position: Lock/Back-Row



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