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Alex O’Meara is Moving On
News from the Cornish Pirates confirms that wing Alex O’Meara will be moving on from the club this summer.
Now aged 29, Alex signed for the Cornish Pirates as a Player Development Foundation (PDF) member in 2015. He had played mainly football as a youngster, and it was only at the age of 16, whilst at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, that he found a serious passion for rugby.
After a first taste of club rugby with Camberley RFC, Alex studied and played at Hartpury, representing the college in both the National Leagues and the BUCS League.
With Alex’s dad hailing from an Irish family, and his mum being English, at the age of 19 Alex gained his first international cap representing Ireland under 20s. This was after playing for the Irish Exiles and a summer spent training and playing for Connacht in Galway. Further international honours followed, but this time it was with England Students at the back end of the 2014/2015 season.
With bullet-like pace an attribute, Alex has also impressed as a gifted Sevens performer in the past, including playing for Bath Rugby in the Singha Sevens.
As for the Cornish Pirates, in seven seasons he made 108 appearances for the club and in the process scored an impressive total of 56 tries.
Commenting with reference to Alex’s time at the Cornish Pirates, joint head coach Gavin Cattle has said:
“Having first arrived at the Mennaye Field with his blond highlights, Alex has this year become a proud centurion (passing the 100 games mark for the club).
“He is someone who has really developed during his time here, from being just an elusive fast guy into someone who has a good all-round game, including kicking the ball and knowing the game inside out. To his credit this season, he has also played a big part in developing others and has been a great contributor both on and off the pitch.”
“A large personality, Alex has certainly scored some great tries for the Pirates during his time here, which has created some great memories.”