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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.
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.