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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that back row player Patrick ‘Paddy’ Ryan, aged 21, who originally joined the club on a short-term contract from Northampton Saints last December, has now signed a new contract with the club to the end of May 2021.
Paddy made five appearances for the Pirates – two in the Cup and three in the League – before the end of last season’s Coronavirus-curtailed campaign, besides also featuring for Redruth on loan.
Kildare-born, Paddy first played rugby from the age of six to 12 for Cill Dara RFC and then for Newbridge College where he was educated. Honours achieved saw him represent Leinster at under 17,18 and under 19 levels, before the exciting back-row prospect then made the trip over the Irish Sea to join the Northampton Saints Academy.
During his time at Northampton, Paddy scored a try to help seal a win for their Wanderers side against Exeter Braves in the 2017/18 Premiership Rugby A League Final, whilst in 2018/19 he played for the Saints versus Wasps in the Premiership Cup.
An ACL knee injury provided a setback, however back to fitness the decision was made last December to sign for the Cornish Pirates. He had coached at Bedford Modern School during his time on the sidelines and has studied Business and Management with The Open University.
Commenting reference this latest players news, Cornish Pirates’ Joint Head Coach, Alan Paver, said:
It is lovely to see a young talent like Paddy commit to the club and we are very happy to keep hold of him. When he first joined us from the Saints, having recovered from injury, there was much mention of his potential and it was just opportunities that he needed and had and will get again.
Paddy is happy here in Cornwall, is keen to play Championship rugby – which provides a high level of competition – and we can provide him the tutelage to enable him to push on.
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.