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Further good news from the Cornish Pirates confirms that Tom Cowan-Dickie and Alexander ‘AJ’ Cant are the latest two squad members committing their immediate future to the club.
Cornishman Tom, who is in a second spell with the club since joining from Plymouth Albion last year, has signed a two-year contract. Aged 26, he has made 17 appearances for the Pirates this season, which would have been more but for injury. However, when fit he has undoubtedly proven one of the stand-out hookers both in the Championship and in the Cup, and in the process has also scored seven tries.
As for wing AJ, who is aged just 18, this Cornish-born wing has signed a one-year contract. Besides making three appearances for the Pirates this season, he served an apprenticeship at Exeter Chiefs and to aid his development has also enjoyed regular game time at Redruth.
The Cornish Pirates coaching duo, comprising Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle, are once again delighted with this latest player news. Alan has commented:
We are extremely pleased to re-sign Tom. He has not only been a massive contributor on the field since joining us from Albion but has also proved a very mature young leader off the field as well.
Also speaking highly of AJ, Alan said:
AJ is an exciting young prospect who Gavin has eyed for a long time. Enjoying important game time at Redruth, in a good side he has done well to hold down one of the wing positions and has certainly shown all the right spirits and values that we look for in a player. With the right tutelage he could be a big part of what we are aiming for in the future.
The partnership between the Cornish Pirates and The Movement Project (TMP) based at Penryn RFC continues to grow.
A latest squad member signed by the Cornish Pirates on a one-year contract is gifted young Australian forward Hugh Bokenham.
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that young hooker Oli Burrows, who is a former Wales under 18s and under 20s player, has arrived at the Mennaye Field on loan from Exeter Chiefs.
Of no surprise this Friday is a big night for the Cornish Pirates – a first ever Premiership Rugby Cup game for the club against the might of Bath Rugby. The kick-off is at 7.30pm and the gates will be open from 5.30pm.