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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that Swindon-born lock Will Britton has signed a one-year contract with the club. Aged 25, the former England Students player joins from Gloucester.
Will’s first rugby was played for his local club Marlborough, and then later at Newbury. He attended Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, from where he became involved with Bath Academy for two years, before deciding to go to Bath University.
Graduating from ‘Uni’ in 2018, where he had captained the BUCS Super Rugby team in back-to-back semi-finals and studied Sports and Social Sciences, Will spent two years in the Senior Academy at Bath, was dual registered with Yorkshire Carnegie in 2018/19, and then at Doncaster Knights where he played during the shortened ‘Covid’ season of 2020/21.
Signing next for Gloucester in 2021, picking up a long-term injury in pre-season proved frustrating, although game time was ultimately enjoyed when he was loaned to Hartpury for whom he featured both in the Championship and the Championship Cup.
Looking forward to welcoming Will to the squad, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Alan Paver has said:
“Will is a big man who we identified very early on as someone who we would like to bring into the squad.
“He is an experienced Championship performer who has also been part of Gloucester’s rugby environment.
“A few injuries have proved frustrating, but overall we see him as a good fit and a player who has huge potential to do well for us.”