The regional Academies are helping to produce more and more quality players who can play at a high level
We are fortunate in Cornwall to have excellent ties with the South-West England Rugby Academy based at Truro.
The Academy Manager Robin Cowling, former Gloucester, Leicester and England prop forward, is also on the coaching staff assisting the Cornish Pirates.
In the past numerous quality performers such as Graham Dawe, Martin Haag, Andy Reed, Ian Sanders, Phil Vickery, Trevor Woodman, Olly Barkley, Tom Voyce etc., have had to depart the Duchy to further their rugby careers - even our own 'Stack' Stevens had to play at Harlequins for a brief spell in the early seventies to keep his England place.
The hope for the future is that the best of our developing talent can stay and play for the Cornish Pirates in their home Duchy, something that will become an even more attractive prospect should we reach the Premiership.
In 2005-06 we had four Academy players, namely Sam Betty, Owen Hambly, Adam Nicholls and Simon Peters. Simon has since returned to play for his home club Redruth.
New Academy recruits, who have joined us for 2006-07, are prop Gareth Tedstone, scrum-half/full-back Lewis Webb, hooker Darren Dawidiuk, lock Scott Hobson, back-row forward Mike Rawlings, centre Sam Parsons and fly-half Mike Provis, all of whom featured in the highly successful Truro College squad that lifted the British Colleges Cup for the first time with a 37-0 victory over Filton College (Bristol) at Castlecroft in 2006.
Academy Match Reports
19/03/07 Bath Academy 49 Pirates Academy 13
23/10/06 Cornish Pirates v Bath U21s
13/10/06 Cornish Pirates v Leicester U19s
19/09/06 Launceston 12 - 39 Cornish Pirates
11/09/06 Cornish Pirates V Westcountry Warriors (Plymouth Albion)