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Following on from news last week announcing that Premiership side Worcester Warriors will be visiting the Mennaye Field on Saturday 11th September (ko 5pm), the Cornish Pirates can also now confirm another prestigious pre-season home fixture to be played against the senior Royal Navy side on Friday 3rd September (ko 7.30pm).
Various representative service teams have visited the Mennaye Field over the years, including the Army, however the one to be made by the actual Royal Navy senior side will be a first. Cornishman Dave Pascoe, a former Penryn, Pirates and Cornwall player is their head coach.
This game, along with the Worcester Warriors match, will not only provide strong pre-season opposition for the Cornish Pirates ahead of their 2021/22 RFU Championship campaign but will also see a welcome return of supporters. All, quite understandably, will be mightily keen to watch their team perform ‘live’.
Speaking with reference to the fixture, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle said:
Playing the Royal Navy is clearly a really good fixture. We have had good connections over the years, including at Culdrose and with Dave Pascoe with whom we have exchanged many ideas rugby-wise. It is a link worthy to build upon for two-way benefit, as we saw when Sam Matavesi played for us.
Playing good rugby, plus with a fine tradition behind them and being experienced and respected, the fixture is great one for the Pirates and for our supporters who will be welcomed back for the first time in 18 months.
With reference to ticket arrangements for both pre-season matches, these will be confirmed and made known as soon as possible.
Another tough but exciting month lies ahead for the Cornish Pirates in March, including two tough trips and the return of Ladies Day!
This FRIDAY will see the Cornish Pirates welcome the Royal Navy team to the Mennaye Field (ko 7.30pm).
When the Cornish Pirates play the Royal Navy at home on Friday 23rd February (ko 7.30pm), the match day collection will be in support of the ‘Samaritans’ charity.
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