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Another new face joining the Cornish Pirates on a two-year contract ahead of the 2019/20 season is prop Hayden King. Hertfordshire-born, the 23-year-old will arrive from Bedford Blues.
Representing Hertfordshire through the age groups, and later the senior county side, extra acquired honours saw Hayden play for London South East U18s and U20s and then England Counties at both U20 and senior level – present day ‘Pirate’ Robin Wedlake was in the same 2017 team that played in Spain.
As a powerhouse prop who adds physicality to the front-row, Hayden’s senior club rugby has been played for Old Albanians (2015-2017), Blackheath (2017-2018), and Bedford Blues (2018-2019).
Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Alan Paver is once again looking forward to working with a front-rower of potential. He has commented:
As another good young prop, loose-head Hayden is an exciting prospect who we are delighted to sign. I think he has developed terrifically with Bedford during this season and every time I have seen him play has proved a very capable scrummager who always gives one hundred per cent.
In turn, excited at the prospect of his pending move to Cornwall, Hayden himself said:
I’m really excited to be joining the Cornish Pirates, feeling I will be really able to improve my game at the club. It is also naturally exciting to hear about plans and hopes for the future and it will be really good to see what can be accomplished and to hopefully be a part of it.
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