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Rory and Ruaridh sign on again

Posted: May 5, 2022
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Rory and Ruaridh Sign on for Another Year

The Cornish Pirates are pleased to announce that centre Rory Parata and scrum half Ruaridh Dawson have signed new deals with the club.

Rory, who has made 71 appearances for the club, has signed another one-year contract for the club.

Aged 27, Sydney-born Rory joined the Pirates in 2018 from Italian Pro14 side Zebre, having previously represented Munster at youth level and then Irish provincial side Connacht. He has also in the past played for Cork-city based club Sundays Well.

Qualified to play for Australia by birth, plus New Zealand through his father, it was being raised from the age of nine in his mother’s native County Cork that saw Rory capped for Ireland under 19s. To add extra interest, he is also England qualified through his Liverpool-born grandmother.

Delighted to again capture Rory’s signature, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:

“Rory is very modest and is one of those players who might seem underrated but is anything but.

“Very astute and intelligent, he just gives us that glue, and has ability to get the best of those players around him. Good also with his organisation – in short, he is very reliable for us.”


The next Cornish Pirates player to announce who has signed another one-year contract with the club is scrum-half Ruaridh Dawson

Aged 24, the Durham-born former Scotland under 20s, England Commonwealth Youth 7s and England under 18 counties player first played for the Cornish Pirates in the 2019/20 season. Arriving from Newcastle Falcons, he made five appearances for the club before making a welcome return to Cornwall for the start of the present season, since when he has featured in a further 11 games to take his present tally to 16.

Pleased to again capture Ruaridh’s signature, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:

“Ruaridh has been a gifted and popular member of the squad. Still young, he is a very good player who, with growth and ability to learn, undoubtedly has the potential to climb the same trajectory and step up another level.

“We have seen in recent Championship Cup games what he can do and what he has to offer, including leadership, and very sharp he has displayed a skill set that has never been doubted.”