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When the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa is played in Japan on Saturday, supporters are welcome to watch the game in the Pirates ‘Westholme’ clubhouse – open at 8am for the 9am kick-off. Breakfast baps etc will be on sale.
For the Pirates the competition always has added interest, remembering that a former ‘Pirate’, John MacG. K. Kendall-Carpenter, was Chairman of the Committee that organised the first competition back in 1987. Also, as some will know, he was the man who sought out a suitable trophy that would be named the Webb Ellis Cup.
Two Cornishmen, props Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman, were in the England side that won the trophy back in 2003, whilst in the present England squad in Japan there are two Pirates youth team products, namely Jack Nowell (who played in the 2015 competition) and Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Hooker Luke was a replacement in the demolition of New Zealand last Saturday, whilst the injured Jack was an onlooker. His time in this year’s competition might only have lasted ten minutes, however the winger’s try against Argentina will at least go down as one of the best scored in the tournament.
England now favourites? Yes. However, there are no guarantees – and quite rightly so. Enjoy the game!
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