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The Cornish Pirates are delighted to confirm that centre Nicolas De Battista has been named as club captain ahead of this week’s scheduled start to the belated Greene King IPA Championship 2020/21 season.
‘Nico’ has been an on-field captain several times in the past and was also the official vice-captain in 2019/20.
Aged 30, the former Argentina under 20s and Jockey Club de Rosario player first joined the Pirates in 2016. In two seasons he made 53 appearances and scored 13 tries before joining Zebre in 2018.
Pleasingly, the respected performer returned to Cornwall for the start of the 2019/20 season, though it was with frustration that an injury early in the campaign restricted him to making just a further seven appearances, which took his tally for the club to 60.
Speaking of Nico’s appointment, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:
Nico is no stranger in the role of leadership, and he is a real asset to the team.
We have witnessed in the past that he is someone who keeps calm when the pressure is on, his character such that when the going gets tough you can always count on him. These are special traits, and reason perhaps that during these tough times he has also shown himself to be unwavering throughout.
Following former Head Analyst Chris Price having left the club for a career change at the end of the past season, Technical Performance Analyst Adam Watts will now step up into the role.
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that Number 8 Sebastian Nagle-Taylor has signed a one-year contract with the club.
Season Tickets for the Cornish Pirates 2022-23 campaign are on sale now! Season Ticket membership is the only way to guarantee entry to all 11 Championship home league fixtures as well as three home Cup round games.
Fixtures for the 2022-23 RFU Championship season have been confirmed. The league competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning over the weekend of 10th September, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 29th April next year.