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Posted: November 21, 2018
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Pirates on The International Stage – Update

Four members of the Cornish Pirates squad are still presently away on international duty.

Cornish-born hooker Sam Matavesi, who recently played for Fiji against Scotland at Murrayfield – Scotland won 54-17 – will this Saturday have hopes of selection against France at Stade de France
In Marseilles, both lock Brett Beukeboom and wing Matt Evans have featured for Canada in their important Rugby World Cup repechage encounters against Kenya and Germany. The ‘Canucks’ won 65-19 against Kenya, with Brett bagging two tries and Matt one, whilst during the past weekend Germany were beaten 29-10, with Matt once again a try-scorer. One more important game, again in Marseilles, is on Friday versus Hong Kong.

Canada have never failed to qualify for the RWC which was first competed for back in 1987, when New Zealand were the inaugural winners, so Brett and Matt’s experience is clearly important in helping their cause.

And the fourth ‘Pirate’ on the international stage? Well, that is lock Nodar Cheishvili. Nodar played in the Georgia side that firstly lost 28-17 against Italy in Florence, and then last weekend won well, 27-19, against Samoa. The ‘Lelos’ victory against the Samoans was on home soil, in Tbilisi, where they will also play Tonga on Saturday.

The November TBC Rugby Series is generally considered as Georgia’s most competitive and important campaign of the year, and 2018 is no different.

With less than 11 months to go before the Rugby World Cup begins in Japan, this is an important stage in Georgia’s overall ‘Preparation Plan’ and provides a great opportunity to test themselves against very good teams who will also compete at the RWC next year.

Christian Started for Saracens

Cornish Pirates prop forward Christian Judge, who has been on loan to Saracens since September, started for ‘Sarries’ when at Allianz Park they resumed their Gallagher Premiership campaign last Saturday with a 31-25 win against Sale Sharks.

Christian is scheduled to be on loan to Saracens until the end of December.