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Tom Duncan calls it a day

Posted: May 27, 2022
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‘Duncs’ to Call it a Day

 

The Cornish Pirates can confirm that stalwart back-row man Tom Duncan has decided to step away from full-time rugby employment.

 

Now aged 31, Cornishman Tom joined the Cornish Pirates from Redruth in December 2012, and has made 155 appearances for the club.

 

In his early days repeated injuries continually frustrated and hampered Tom’s quite clear potential to shine at Championship level, so it was of considerable credit that he battled through serious setbacks and steadily built his fitness to ultimately truly impress as a stand-out performer.

 

Having often captained the Pirates during his time with the club, besides also proving to be a prolific try-scorer, Tom is someone who will naturally be missed.

 

Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Alan Paver has commented:

 

“When Tom joined us from Redruth, we were really pleased to get another talented young Cornishman involved.

 

“A couple of bad injuries that he sustained would unfortunately prove frustrating, and at one stage it looked as if his playing career would perhaps be cut short. However, to his credit he showed determination to return to fitness and fought his way back and for a long time now has been a big presence both on and off the field.

 

“Tom has proved a potent performer, especially when given a sniff of the line from just five metres out, plus his leadership skills have been invaluable.

 

“Clearly we will miss him, but he can feel very proud of what he has achieved, and he will leave behind fond memories.”

 

More About Tom

 

Introduced to rugby at Richard Lander School, aged 13, Tom skippered the team that reached the National Schools Rugby Sevens finals in 1996, and he also started playing at Redruth, an inside centre then for the under 14s.

 

When stepping up to play ‘Colts’ rugby, Tom became a backrower who would start his senior rugby playing career with the ‘Reds’ in 2009/10. He made 37 appearances in his first two seasons, and after Mark Bright departed to London Scottish really came into his own, blossoming into a similarly talismanic figure and try-scorer.

 

Tom also played for Cornwall through the age groups up to and including senior level.