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Completing their third week of pre-season on a sunny Friday, the Cornish Pirates followed their morning training at Hayle rugby club with a visit to the sand dunes at Gwithian and then a return to Hayle for a barbecue.
It made for a satisfying end of week, as joint Head Coach Alan Paver explained. He said:
For everyone reading this I especially wish you were at the sand dunes on Friday. The coaches were at the top and the boys at the bottom – ready to rock ‘n’ roll!
Looking across I could see Carbis Bay and St. Ives, and there was not a cloud in the sky. With miles and miles of beach it was a fantastic sight. I always say to people ‘You can live in Cornwall or you can live Cornwall’ and enjoy everything it has.
You see the views, the outlooks, there is just so much around you. It’s a fabulous place, so we decided to end the rugby a little bit earlier to get the guys on the sand dunes and in the sea, to let them feel part of what Cornwall is about. It will also bring them together, because there is nothing like hard work and a little bit of enjoyment to finish the day.
They would have been looking around thinking that this place really is special, on a day just perfect for the Pirates!
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