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Visiting Cornwall recently, two Kiwi friends of Cornish Pirates director Colin Groves really enjoyed themselves.
David and Elaine Fox from Waikato, New Zealand, were warmly welcomed by various Pirates personnel, including being shown about the grounds and historic ‘Westholme’ clubhouse.
Commercial & Marketing Manager back in Waikato, who also does some coaching, David commented:
We have obviously been working very hard back in Waikato to form a relationship with the Cornish Pirates, which we see as being beneficial for both parties moving forward.
As for a main reason for visiting Cornwall, other than my wife and I enjoying all the county has to offer it is to provide ideas that might be of help as the Stadium for Cornwall project progresses.
Having first visited the UK back in 1991, when I played for Melrose and met Elaine, we are both excited to be back in the UK and are really enjoying the hospitality here.
We were also superbly hosted on a visit to Penryn rugby club and are looking forward to going to Redruth as well. It’s been amazing and we really don’t want to go home!
Now back home in New Zealand, David has since added:
After zig zagging our way back home, I just want to say a huge thank-you to the Pirates once again, for hosting Elaine and myself so well. We certainly had a special time in Cornwall and very much hope to return sometime soon.
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