Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 15th Dec 1994
Birthplace – Truro
Height – 6′ 1” (1.85m)
Weight – 14st 13lbs (95kg)
Position – Back-row
Honours – Cornwall U15s-U18s
It was confirmed early in August 2013, that back-rower John had signed for the Cornish Pirates. The youngest son of former Pirate ‘Stack’ Stevens, he is a product of the club’s youth section.
Educated at Bolitho School and then Truro School, John is a past recipient of the ‘Mischler Memorial Cup’, awarded for his contribution when he played for the Cornwall Schools under 18s side. John’s success delighted the then Chairman and President of the Old Truronians Association, the late Roger Harris, as the former Cornwall hooker played many games for the county alongside John’s father.
John’s older brother Sam also came up through the Pirates youth section, and we must not forget that their grandfather Geoff Vingoe starred for Penzance & Newlyn RFC in his day and was a fine ‘sevens’ player.
After four seasons with the Pirates, during which John also enjoyed regular match action playing for Redruth, he was frustratingly injured for much of the 2017/18 campaign. However, when back to full fitness he really made his mark and was selected as a regular starter in a Cornish Pirates shirt. He was also presented with the club’s ‘Most Improved Player’ award.
Skilful and as tough as they come, John continued to impress in the seasons that followed, and skippering the team with pride during the 2022/23 campaign he took his overall games tally to 121. Also, at the end of the season awards, he was presented both the ‘John Stirling Memorial Cup for Commitment’ and ‘The President’s Cup’ for being, in the opinion of the club’s President, the most outstanding contributor on the field during the season.
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
Deck of cards
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Ashes series in Aus
What training drill do you dread the most?
Yoyo and fitness
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Nico De Battista so I could speak Spanish
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I am a National Show Jumping Champion
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?