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A match day collection held when the Cornish Pirates played London Irish at the Mennaye Field last Saturday raised the excellent sum of £850 in support of the Pirates Youth Section and the South Coast Pirates. The figure will be split 50-50
The Pirates Youth Section have for many years done terrific work to help develop many thousands of young rugby players, among them of course both Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie who are presently members of England’s senior squad.
The section’s representatives joined members of the Cornish Pirates squad to shake buckets, and as ever the response from supporters was a generous one, with thanks expressed to all.
South Coast Pirates play in Kenya and are known by Dicky Evans. He mentioned that their matches can involve 1200-mile round trips and on a recent one their bus broke down. It was at dusk on a Thursday evening, when they then had to push the bus five miles to a petrol station, sleep in it overnight and then continue their journey the next day using small taxi-type buses, called ‘matatus’. Making the match on the Saturday, they eventually got home on Monday. As Dicky commented “In comparison the Cornish Pirates have got it easy!”
Following Covid regulations, Penzance & Newlyn RFC and the Cornish Pirates have admirably reacted well to assist in a variety of ways, including, of recent, responding to help certain local choirs.
Captain Benbow shows his support for MIND Mental Health as the Co-op are aiming to raise £1m for them within our region.
Alfie Martin, who is on a 250-mile round walking trip of Cornwall visiting each and every rugby club in the county