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Monday 3rd November 2014


Pirates Shine in Championship XV Victory

Championship XV 28-23 Canada

Cornish Pirates players Darren Barry, Tom Kessell and Kieran Hallett all put in notable performances Championship XV's win against Canada at Sixways on Sunday.

Lock Darren and scrum-half Tom were in the starting XV, whilst fly-half Kieran, who only joined the squad on Friday following the late withdrawal through injury of Nottingham's Dan Mugford, was a second half replacement.

Tom Kessell & Darren Barry involved in Championship xv's 1st try
Tom Kessell & Darren Barry involved in Championship XV's 1st try

Not only were their efforts praised by the TV pundits but there was also massive praise yesterday on the Cornish Pirates social media channels.

Keirn Hallett slots a conversion

Keirn Hallett slots a conversion

"Honours all round for our three players, and also not forgetting our Fliss Middleton who was a Physio for the Championship XV.” said Cornish Pirates' Chairman Ian Connell after the game.

“The Cornish Pirates are delighted and keen to display to the RFU that we as a club are totally supportive of the concept of the Championship XV games as part of a strategy to build the Championship brand."

liss Middleton who was a Physio for the Championship XV
Fliss Middleton

The Canucks held the advantage in the first forty but the Championship side turned it around in the second-half to the delight of former Pirate Martin Haag.

Now head coach at Nottingham, and working alongside Moseley's Kevin Maggs for this prestigious fixture, Martin said:

"I was delighted, as we wanted to put on a show and the squad gelled really well to beat an international team.”

“If you look at the array of talent we started with and brought off the bench, we could also probably have picked another XV, because the Championship is that strong."