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Cornish Pirates

VS

Richmond

9 September, 2022

News & Fixtures

All the Latest News & Fixtures...

League / Cup

Championship Rugby Round 1

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Date

friday, 9 September, 2022

Kick Off

19:30

Home

Cornish Pirates

Away

Richmond

Pirates Expect Richmond to be Tricky Customers

 

Following two useful friendly match encounters, for the Cornish Pirates the business part of the 2022/23 season starts at home on Friday evening with an opening RFU Championship league game against Richmond (ko 7.30pm).

 

In matches played between the two teams last season, the Pirates won 33-18 at home in August, whilst the match away in February was drawn 24-24. As for Richmond’s pre-season encounters, with a squad that includes recently departed ‘Pirate’ Alex O’Meara, they won 45-12 away to Blackheath and lost 35-26 at home to Championship contenders Ealing Trailfinders.

 

Selecting Arwel Robson in the number 10 shirt is just a single change in the Pirates starting XV from the one that featured in the 42-14 points victory against Exeter Chiefs last Friday, whilst on the bench Max Norey and Rusiate ‘Rus’ Tuima will be keen to make their home debuts. For stalwart prop Marlen Walker, the game will also proudly mark his 150th appearance for the club.

 

Speaking ahead of Friday evening’s contest, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:

 

“We know Richmond can be tricky customers. They have a good set piece and maul, and with experienced campaigners in their squad we cannot, as ever, take them lightly.

 

“Looking at ourselves, we were pleased how pre-season went and selection has been tough. It would be good to replicate the way we started against Exeter Chiefs, and to show the same endeavour and character. It should be a really good game.

 

Also, with reference to Marlen Walker’s expected 150th appearance, Gavin said:

 

“Marlen has been an incredible talent and we have been lucky to have him available for such a length of time. He has developed into one of the strongest loose-head props in the league, is very skilful and has also on occasions performed a hooking role when needed – as simply a well-groomed and much respected rugby player.”

 

Tickets for Friday’s fixture will be available at the gates on the day (open 5.30pm), whilst in the meantime they can also be purchased on-line.

 

For further information please visit: www.cornish-pirates.com/tickets

Match Officials

Referee:

Dan Jones

AR1:

Simon Adams

AR2:

Phil Watters

No:4:

Kevin Williams

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

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Cornish Pirates Line Up

Starting 15

15

Carwyn Penny

14

Robin Wedlake

13

Rory Parata

12

Joe Elderkin

11

Callum Sirker

10

Arwel Robson

9

Tom Kessell

1

Marlen Walker (150)

2

Will Crane

3

Harvey Beaton

4

Will Britton

5

James Fender

6

Alex Everett

7

John Stevens (C)

8

Seb Nagle-Taylor

Replacements

16

Max Norey

17

Jack Andrew

18

Hayden King

19

Cory Teague

20

Rusi Tuima

21

Alex Schwarz

22

Shae Tucker

23

AJ Cant