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Following yesterday’s news confirming that lock Ed Scragg is to join the Cornish Pirates for the 2021/22 season, it is also confirmed that full-back/fly-half Carwyn Penny will be taking a similar path from Dragons Rugby.
Aged just 22, the former Wales under 18s and 20s player, who was educated at Newport High School and Clifton College, and was a member of the Gloucester Academy, has also previously played in the Welsh Premiership for Cross Keys, Bargoed, and Ebbw Vale, and, when at Gloucester, for National Two team Cinderford. As for the Dragons, he made his debut in a European Challenge Cup tie away to Castres in January 2020.
Looking forward to working with Carwyn, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has said:
We were looking for a different dynamic for someone who cover the fly-half position and the back three, and Carwyn fits that mould.
In his younger days he played a lot at 10 and more recently at 15, so to have both attributes provides a valued asset as someone who can not only offer much to the squad but also has the potential to take his game further.
Carwyn has also commented:
Thrilled ahead of my move to Cornwall, which is a beautiful part of the country, I look forward to the challenge that the Championship brings and am delighted to have to opportunity to play for a great club.
It was with a sense of real sadness for so many rugby folk about West Cornwall and beyond when news was confirmed that a true past stalwart of the Pirates, Des Thomas, had passed away on Sunday.
The 11 Championship clubs came together today to debate their collective future: whether our league will be best served by capitalising on the potential of its commercial rights and its brand-identity to underpin a truly “whole-game solution” to tier two, or by considering a putative “Premiership 2” based on a franchise model.
Following completion of the successful Crowdcube raise, the Chairman and Board of Kernow Sport Ltd are delighted that over 500 new fan owners will be receiving their share certificates in the near future, along with Dicky Evans who today has regained a portion of his original shareholding from a Channel Islands based company.
This Saturday will see the Cornish Pirates welcome Caldy to the Mennaye Field for a scheduled Round 4 fixture in this season’s RFU Championship. The contest kicks off at 2.30pm. Playing their second season in the Championship, Caldy won 29-19 against London Scottish last time out.