Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 21st Feb 1997
Birthplace – Caerphilly
Height – 5’ 10” (1.80m)
Weight – 13st 0lbs (83kg)
Position – Fly-half
Honours – Wales U18s/U20s
The Cornish Pirates announced in April 2021 that fly-half Arwel had arrived on loan from Newport Gwent Dragons.
Playing his junior and youth rugby at Nelson RFC and Penallta RFC, Arwel was a member of the latter’s youth team that won the Welsh Youth Cup in 2014. The Caerphilly-born player was also a try-scorer in the final played at the Millennium Stadium.
Educated at Lewis School Pengam and the University of South Wales, prior to his arrival at the Mennaye Field the former Wales under 18s and under 20s international had made 24 appearances for the Dragons and scored 92 points, which would likely have been considerably more but for suffering a hamstring injury early in 2019/20. Back to fitness, however, he did later have a short loan spell with Jersey Reds.
Arwel, who considers his strengths to be his running and kicking game, was a big admirer of Dan Carter when growing up, whilst having played alongside Gavin Henson at the Dragons – described as being helpful and a really nice bloke – seemed surreal. The support of his parents has also always been appreciated, as it had been from Gareth Richards who was his PE teacher at school.
A keen footballer in his youth, who had trials at Cardiff City, Arwel enjoys an occasional round of golf despite, by his own admission, spending most of the time in the rough!