Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 19th Jan 1993
Birthplace – Truro
Position – Full Back/Wing
Honours – Cornwall U20s, South West U20s
A product of Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s youth section, Kyle was part of a talented group, including such as Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell.
Educated at Mounts Bay School and then Truro College, his early senior rugby was played with the Pirates Amateurs, St. Ives, and then, in 2011/12, the Cornish All Blacks, which was the same season he received the Cornwall U20s ‘Player of the Year’ award.
Kyle made his debut for the Cornish Pirates in December 2012, when coming off the bench and confidently showing some good touches in a 30-10 points British & Irish Cup win away to Swansea. Involved in a bit of history, it was the first time that the Pirates had won a match in Wales since their first visit way back in 1949.
Injuries have at times disrupted his progress, but when fully fit he has proven himself a scintillating runner who has scored some super tries. Indeed, he was the ‘Try of the Season’ award winner in both 2014 and 2016.
Impressing playing mainly at full-back through the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons, with his try-scoring exploits also again on show, he unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury away to Ealing Trailfinders in the semi-final of the Championship Cup. It was naturally a blow, however he still picked up both the ‘Player of the Year’ and the ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ awards for a second year running.
Returning to action in December 2019, it was not long before Kyle was again exciting the crowd with his running. In total, he made 10 more appearances in the ‘Coronavirus’ curtailed 2019/20 season – taking his games tally for the club to 136 – and he was also selected in The Rugby Paper’s Championship ‘Dream XV’.
Penzance and Newlyn, St Ives, Launceston
Tom Duncan - try scoring machine
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
iPad & sweets
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Ryder Cup in America
What training drill do you dread the most?
Any fitness test
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Omo - would be nice to have loads of cash for a week
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
Played county cricket growing up
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
Porthleven Fish and Chips
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?