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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that two prestigious pre-season friendly matches, scheduled to be played at home in September, have unfortunately been cancelled.
Expected first up at the Mennaye Field was a match versus Northampton Saints on Friday 4th September, to be followed then by a fixture on Friday 11th September against the further might of Exeter Chiefs.
The reason for the cancellations is because both the Saints and the Chiefs have rescheduled fixtures to play in order to complete the Coronavirus-disrupted 2019/20 season.
Although at present cancelled, there is a chance that if timings permit then the friendly fixtures could be rearranged at another time, perhaps ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Commenting on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, CEO Rebecca Thomas said:
We are naturally disappointed that these pre-season friendlies cannot happen as planned but it is understandable given the current circumstances.
Ensuring everyone can make a safe return to rugby at the earliest opportunity is a priority across all levels and this has to be done in a sensible manner.
We wish Exeter and Northampton all the best for the conclusion of the 2019/20 Premiership season and at the same time look forward to the chance to hopefully welcome them to the Mennaye in the not too distant future.
As for news reference the 2020/21 Greene King IPA Championship fixtures, there is nothing just at present to officially announce.
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