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Thursday 19th June 2014


Jamal Ford-Robinson Joins The Front Row Crew

The Cornish Pirates have seen off fierce competition to secure the signature of highly rated Cornish prop Jamal Ford-Robinson on a two year contract.

Jamal aged just 20, is a powerfull ball carrier with a considerable turn of speed, a truly exciting prospect expected to make a major impact for the Pirates next season.

He was a stand-out player and try scorer for Cornwall at Twickenham earlier this month, before featuring for England Counties in their two-match tour to Georgia where he came under the watchful eye of our very own Alan Paver, acting as forwards coach for the Counties side

He also caught the eye of the Rugby Paper this year, who named him at no.1 in their National 2 South Dream team

Jamal Ford-Robinson
On His Way To The Try Line At Twickenham For Cornwall

Director of Rugby Ian Davies - delighted to secure his services - said: “Jamal came down for a week and trained with us back in 2011-12 and I’ve kept tabs on him ever since.”

“He impressed playing for Cambridge and Cornwall this season and I’m sure will make an impact at Championship level. Anything beyond that will be down to his desire and work ethic.”

Born in Bristol but raised in Penryn, Jamal began his rugby career at his local club with further time at junior level for both Redruth and Penzance.

He then stepped up to Leicester Tigers academy before moving on to Cambridge in National 2 where he was coached by former All Black Craig Newby.

He played for England Counties under 20s seniors, where as well as the Georgia tour, he also featured for the senior England Counties team against Ireland Club XV in February and home and away against France Federale XV during the last Six Nations.

He feels those international experiences also helped his development as a player and told the Cambridge News; "You learn a lot playing against other international teams."

" We all play the same sport of rugby, but every country has their own style and different way of playing the game.”

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