Six Cornish players registered for the British & Irish Cup

Cornish For Cup

27th September  2011

 
 

Six Cornish players registered for the British & Irish Cup

Six Cornish players, three from Redruth and three from the Cornish All Blacks, have been lined up to play for the Cornish Pirates in this season's British & Irish Cup competition if given the call.

Scrum-half Matt Shepherd, lock Damien Cook, plus fly-half Aaron Penberthy play for Redruth in National Two,

Matt Shepherd (Redruth)
Matt Shepherd - Scrum Half (Redruth)

Damien Cook - Lock (Redruth)
Damien Cook - Lock (Redruth)

Aaron Penberthy - Fly Half (Redruth)
Aaron Penberthy - Fly Half (Redruth)

Back-rowers Josh Lord and Mike Rawlings, along with full-back Kieron Lewitt, play at the same level for the Cornish All Blacks.

Josh Lord - Back Row (Cornish All Blacks)
Josh Lord - Back Row (Cornish All Blacks)

Mike Rawlings - Back Row (Cornish All Blacks)
Mike Rawlings - Back Row (Cornish All Blacks)

Kieron Lewitt - Full Back (Cornish All Blacks)
Kieron Lewitt - Full Back (Cornish All Blacks)

Kieron Lewitt has already played for the Pirates in the 50-22 British & Irish Cup win against Bristol last Wednesday.

The Pirates are in Pool 1, along with Ayr, Moseley and Neath, but their other games in the competition, besides last Wednesday' against Bristol, will be against Plymouth Albion, Munster and Cross Keys.

All of these teams are in Pool B.

Following the pool stages, six pool winners plus two best runners up progress to the quarter finals.

The teams are seeded based on pool performance with the top four having home advantage.

Cup Fixtures:

September
21 Wednesday H 5pm Pirates v Bristol Round 1
October
12 Wednesday A 7:45pm Plymouth v Pirates Round 2
November
11 Friday A 7/7:30pm Munster v Pirates Round 3
December
18 Sunday H 2pm Pirates v Cross Keys Round 4
January 2012
21 Weekend           Qtr Final
April
7 Weekend           Semi Final
28 Weekend           Final

Commenting on the arrangement, Cornish Pirates CEO said:

"This is a new RFU initiative introduced this season. I can see the value to Clubs in being able to bring in additional players for Cup games, but I think it's important that Clubs don't use this to devalue the competition as a whole."