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At a time of year when the Cornish Pirates have announced in-contract players, one new signing to date, plus a growing list of re-signs, it is all but inevitable that player departure news will also be confirmed.
Indeed, fly-half Laurence May will leave the Cornish Pirates at the end of the season, having signed a two-year contract with Ealing Trailfinders.
Aged 23, Barnstaple-born Laurence arrived at the Mennaye Field in 2014/15, initially on dual-registration with Exeter Chiefs. At the end of that season he then signed full-time and in continuing his development has also been the club’s leading points scorer for the past three seasons. Overall, in making 97 appearances for the Cornish Pirates he has amassed 599 points.
Laurence has commented:
Having experienced four great years at the Pirates, I’ve loved every minute, learnt a lot and made some great friends, but I felt it’s my time to move on and experience something new.
The Pirates will always be special to me and I’m thankful to everyone involved at the club for making my time so enjoyable.
Appreciation is expressed to Gav and Paves (Cornish Pirates’ co-coaches Gavin Cattle & Alan Paver) for helping and mentoring me on and off the pitch over the years, and I’d also like to thank Anita, Peter and Nick George at the Mermaid on Isles of Scilly for sponsoring me.
On behalf of the Cornish Pirates, coach Gavin Cattle said:
We are really sorry to lose Laurence who is looking for a new experience in his career. He has been a big contributor in his four good seasons with us and has certainly pushed our attack both on and off the pitch.
On a personal level I’d also like to thank for his contributions and it has been a pleasure to see him develop, not only as a player but also as a man.
Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) have been a long-term valued sponsor of the Cornish Pirates. All associated with the club will be aware that for many years Chris Morgan was kindly sponsored by the award-winning business, firstly as a player and then as a coach.
Nyns o an gewer y'n myttin rag an kensa fyt kesunyans an seson pur dha gans lewgh ha niwl law, mes warbydn kensa pot an ebron re omglersa ha'n howl a dorras 'mes dhe ry dohajedh perfydh rag rugby.
Devon-born Dan Powell, aged 40, has been appointed Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Cornish Pirates. He will work alongside Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, James Owen.
At a time when the Cornish Pirates could do with a little back up in certain positions, the squad has been boosted by the arrival of two gifted new faces in the shape of hooker James Benjamin and centre Seb Atkinson.