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Confirming their latest new signing for next season, the Cornish Pirates have announced that fly-half/centre/full-back Javier Rojas Alvarez has put pen to paper on a one-year contract.
Born in Tucumán, and now aged 27, Javier is an Argentina international player who has represented his country at both 15-a-side and Sevens, including competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As for Javier’s club rugby, that has been played for Universitario Rugby Club de Tucumán (Uni Tucumán), Pampas XV in the South African Vodacom Cup, French club Sporting Club Albigeois (SC Albi 2015/16) and Italian side Rugby Viadana (2017/18).
Speaking ahead of his move to Cornwall, Javier said:
Excited and very much looking forward to joining the Cornish Pirates, it will be a new experience for me and will also provide an opportunity to learn much from the English culture.
I have great respect for the professionalism of rugby in England and my aim will be to develop as a player and also grow as a person.
Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle, who is looking forward to welcoming this latest talented signing, said:
We will be delighted to welcome Javier into our ranks. Recognised as a proven performer with international credentials, he is skillful, quick and powerful and is a good all-round ball player who former ‘Pirate’ Alberto Di Bernardo has spoken highly of.
Having impressively won our opening block of three Championship Cup games played in November, it’s a return to Cup action this weekend when in Round 4 on Saturday the Cornish Pirates will welcome Richmond to the Mennaye Field (ko 2.30pm).
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that wing Callum Sirker has amicably departed the club ahead of going to Sydney in Australia where he has been offered a place as a graduate solicitor in one of the country’s top legal firms.
This Saturday will see the Cornish Pirates welcome Jersey Reds to the Mennaye Field for a Round 14 game in the RFU Championship. The seventh versus second contest kicks off at 2.30pm.