Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
The Pirates first cast an eye on ‘Catts’ in October, 2003, when the mightily impressive Orrell team won 48-12 at the Mennaye Field. Then, at season’s end, following a brief move to Rotherham we were delighted that he joined us.
A first spell in Cornwall saw Gavin spend three successful seasons with the Pirates, culminating in him captaining the team when we be beat Exeter Chiefs, 19-16, to lift the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham in 2007.
As we all know, Gavin soon departed for Llanelli, where in two years he made 31 appearances for the Scarlets, including featuring in a Heineken Cup win against Stade Francais.
News of Gavin’s return to Cornwall in 2009 was very well received and, given the captain’s armband again, the Pirates emerged as first ever winners of the British & Irish Cup in 2010, beating Munster 23-14 in the final.
Honours for Gavin have included being nominated as an Olympic torchbearer in 2012 and skippering the RFU Championship side that played the Maori All Blacks, besides also playing for the Barbarians in 2014.
Following his appointment as player/coach in June, 2014, Gavin took his games to 211, whilst since the start of the the 2016-17 season he and Alan Paver have been our fully committed co-coaches who have created a super team spirit.
Scarlets, Orrell, Birmingham & Solihull
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Tom Duncan because he's romantic
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
We cycled on the Most Dangerous Bike Ride in the world in Bolivia - we nearly lost Paves!
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?