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A latest new squad member signed by the Cornish Pirates on a one-year contract is young backrower Bear Williams.
Paddington-born Bear, aged 20, first played rugby as a 9-year-old at Pulborough rugby club, after his family had moved from South London to West Sussex.
Educated at Cranleigh school in Surrey, he has played for Rosslyn Park and, for a short stint, for Marist St. Pats RFC in Wellington, New Zealand.
Welcoming Bear fully on board with the Cornish Pirates, joint head coach Alan Paver said:
Hearing of Bear’s rugby ambitions and ability from former Cornish Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies provided a good recommendation for him to initially train with us late last season.
Since his arrival he has shown himself to be an absolute star. Also, by displaying a great attitude and being fully committed, he is popular with everyone in the squad.
Bear also commented:
Having had a spell helping coach at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, and asking questions of Ian Davies about the Cornish Pirates, I
was so grateful to be given the opportunity earlier this year to train with the club.
The squad form an admirable group of players who have a winning culture and work really hard. They also have ambition, as do I, and naturally I love being here in Cornwall.
The Cornish Pirates can confirm the appointments of Ross Collett and Liz McLean as members of their backroom team.
It is with sadness that the Pirates can announce the passing at St. Julia’s Hospice, Hayle, of former player Chris Walsh.
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