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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that their centre and team skipper in recent months, Nicolas De Battista, is leaving the club at the end of the season.
A former Argentina under 20s player, the now 27-year-old has signed a contract to play for Zebre in Italy.
Nicolas, who joined the Cornish Pirates from Jockey Club de Rosario in 2016, where he had previously played all his club rugby, has made 51 appearances during his time at the Pirates, and has also scored 13 tries, including a hat-trick against Richmond last weekend.
At the end of last season Nicolas was honoured to receive both the ‘Player of the Year’ and the ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ awards, which provide testament to the esteem with which he is held.
Speaking about his time with the Pirates, he has said:
I’ve just had two incredible years here, learning a lot and making many really good friends, which has helped me grow as a person.
My aim was to develop during time spent in Cornwall, but it has actually been more beneficial than I imagined, and my thanks are expressed to Gavin (Cattle), Alan (Paver) and all who helped me.
It is also hoped that with the prospect of a stadium the club will continue to move forward, because there is so much great potential.
Co-coach Gavin Cattle commented:
Nicolas has been an awesome performer for us both on and off the pitch and he will be sorely missed.
The way he goes about his business is as a true professional and his on-field actions have made him an inspirational team skipper.
We all wish him the best of luck and thank him sincerely for his contributions, helping raise our standards and improving our culture.
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.