Jonny & Mike - Two Great Prospects

Jonny & Mike

March 27th 2009

 
 

Jonny & Mike - Two Great Prospects

Jonny Bentley Fly-half

Kiwi Jonny, who has recently played for Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars in Japan, hails from Hutt Old Boys Marist RFC in New Zealand, where as a Wellington Academy member he played for Wellington U21s and the Wellington XV. In 2007 he was the WRFU Club's 'Rugby Player of the Year'.

'JB' has been coached in the past by Chris Stirling, who returns to Cornwall in the summer to take up a role as High Performance Manager with the Cornish Pirates. Commenting on his fellow New Zealander, Chris has said:

"Jonny is a great prospect, a coach's dream who has the ability to take control of a match, and direct the team around the field and implement the chosen game plan. He also has a strong tactical kicking game and has been an 80% goal kicker for the last two seasons. His attacking skills are top shelf, and possessing a big ticker he always makes his tackles."

Grant Pointer

 

It is felt that Jonny Bentley will prove a huge asset to the Cornish Pirates, someone who would command a starting position against the very best in the Championship.

Jonny Bentley Profile

Mike Myerscough - Lock

Cornishman Mike started his rugby with Bude minis at the age of six, and as a teenager was spotted by Martin Haag and Frank Butler, who invited him to join the Bath England Academy. From there he played for England U18s.

In 2004 Mike was selected for the Junior National Academy led by Brian Ashton, and he was awarded a professional contract by Bath.

He also played in the England Sevens team that competed in the Junior Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne. The squad of 12 included players the calibre of Danny Cipriani and Care, and Ryan Lamb. Mike scored three tries and returned home with a silver medal.

Mike Myerscough - Lock

 

After playing for England U19s in 2005, Mike gained valuable experience training and playing alongside Danny Grewcock and Steve Borthwick, and his development continued when he helped the Cornish All Blacks achieve promotion to National One in 2007.

Mike has enjoyed his time playing at Launceston, especially in front of the Polson Bridge crowd, but keen to further develop as a player, the young prospect is ready and willing for the fresh challenge that awaits

Mike Myerscough Profile