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Adding to the growing list of players committing themselves further to the Cornish Pirates, good news confirms that centre Rory Parata has signed for another two years, whilst wing/full-back Matt Evans has signed a one-year contract for the club.
Rory, aged 24, is in his first season playing for the Cornish Pirates. Australian-born, he arrived in Cornwall last summer from Italian Pro14 side Zebre, having previously represented Munster at youth level and then Irish provincial side Connacht. A former Ireland under 19s player, he has also in the past played for Cork-city based club Sundays Well. To date, as all but an ever present in the team, Rory has impressed in making 19 appearances for the Pirates.
As for Canadian international Matt, who is a former Hartpury College and Newport Gwent Dragons player, he joined the Cornish Pirates post the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Salisbury-born, the now 31-year-old is a highly respected and experienced member about the squad who to date has made 121 appearances in Pirates’ colours. In the process he has also scored 58 tries.
Delighted to have these two players again on board, Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Gavin Cattle commented:
In his first season with us, Rory has had a really good impact both on and off the field. Very experienced from his time at Connacht and Zebre, he has a depth of knowledge that he transfers onto the pitch. There is no denying that we are getting more width on our game, and more balance as well, so he’s been a welcome addition who also gives us that extra dimension in attack.
Regarding Matt, he of course has Pirates DNA running through him, the way he acts and carries himself speaks volumes and he has had a great career here. What Matt has learnt he again passes that on to the boys coming through and he still has that ability to turn it on in a match. A really valued member of the squad, he is not only part of our history but also of the Pirates going forward as well.
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that hooker Tom Channon is leaving the club to move to Melbourne in Australia with his partner Abbey.
Fixtures for the 2021/22 RFU Championship season have been confirmed. The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning on 18 September, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 March next year.
A latest new squad member signed by the Cornish Pirates on a one-year contract is young backrower Bear Williams.