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Unfortunately injured throughout the period of what has been a shortened Greene King IPA Championship season, Cornish Pirates’ prop Craig Mitchell, aged 35, has decided to call time on what has been for him a proud professional career.
Joining the Cornish Pirates from Yorkshire Carnegie back in 2019, the respected Neath-born former Wales international, whose other teams represented included the Ospreys regional side, Exeter Chiefs, Cardiff Blues, and Newport Gwent Dragons, made 16 appearances for the club .
A naturally disappointed, but also philosophical Craig, has said:
Unfortunately, my time has come to call time on my professional rugby career. My Injuries have finally taken their toll in recent years and I feel now is the right time to do so.
My gratitude to all the clubs I’ve represented is very much at the front of my thoughts with a special mention to all at Cornish Pirates. I’ve loved my time here, and I truly believe they have the quality in coaches, players, backroom staff and fans to make that dream of playing Premiership rugby a reality in the not too distant future.
Rugby has brought me many joys and I will always be forever grateful for the life it has given me.
Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Alan Paver also commented:
Craig has been and was for us a top class professional and everything that he did was in a manner fitting for a guy of his international experience.
He was able to show our other front rowers how to conduct themselves, so I have been really appreciative of his time here and he will have a lasting mark on our young men who really respected what he was about.
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