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Following their opening week of pre-season at Center Parcs Longleat Forest, the Cornish Pirates have trained since at Hayle RFC, where in the best of sporting spirit they have been extended the warmest of welcomes.
The Mennaye Fields at Penzance have recently been given attention ahead of next season so for the coming weeks the Pirates will continue training at Hayle.
In appreciation of Hayle RFC’s support, Cornish Pirates’ joint Head Coach, Gavin Cattle, has said:
I would like to say thank you to the committee at Hayle RFC and especially Sharon Wickes who has really made an extra effort to make us feel welcome.
When looking for an alternative facility to start our training, Hayle was one of the first clubs we thought of due to its location and fantastic facilities.
In his role as groundsman, Cornish rugby stalwart Paul Hurrell has the pitches in superb condition, and it really is a pleasure to have the opportunity to do our pre-season there. Plus, with Gwithian sand dunes just around the corner, that’s another spot where at times a little arduous training might come in handy!
Following the passing this season of stalwart supporter Ron Rogers, his brother Dave kindly called by the club office recently to deliver a small suitcase of archive material.
The support given by the Cornish Pirates to members of the community over the years has been outstanding.
After initially digesting Monday evening’s news that the RFU is suspending all rugby activity in England