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As their squad for next season already takes shape, the names of Alex O’Meara and John Stevens are the latest two players to commit pen to paper. Each have signed a one-year contract.
Wing Alex, aged 25, is a former Ireland under 20s and England Students player who signed for the Cornish Pirates as a Player Development Foundation (PDF) member in 2015. He was educated at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, and then enjoyed a first taste of club rugby with Camberley RFC, before choosing to study for a degree at Hartpury College. He would then represent them, playing in the National Leagues and the BUCS League.
Also a gifted Sevens performer in the past, where his bullet-like pace was an attribute, during his three seasons with the Pirates Alex has to date made 50 appearances and scored 25 tries.
Back-rower John is a product of the Pirates youth section, who was educated at Bolitho School from 8-16 and Truro School for sixth form. Aged 23, he is the youngest son of ‘Stack’ Stevens and a grandson to another former ‘Pirate’ in Geoff Vingoe.
Since first playing for the Cornish Pirates in August 2013, and continuing his development gaining regular match action at Redruth, John has really come to the fore since recovering from an injury suffered early this season. Indeed, a regular starter of recent he has performed impressively, and has now made 40 appearances for the club.
With reference to the latest two re-signs, Cornish Pirates’ player/coach Alan Paver has commented:
Alex is a great young prospect who has been with us the past three seasons and is now really beginning to show his worth. Taking his opportunities in a starting jersey, he has proven an exciting and quality player, with extreme pace and good feet.
As for John, he has stuck the course, really come of age and has developed into a fine player. To sign him is massive, he is a guy who is the future of the club and what we are all about. We also feel sure that there is much more yet to come from the young 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.