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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that wing Callum Sirker has signed a one-year contract with the club. Aged 23, he joins from Wasps.
Starting rugby at minis level with Teddington, Harrow School-educated Callum, who is a quarter Indian, moved to Richmond, was in the Wasps Academy, and played for England at under 16s level. In June 2016 he joined England 7s from school and in April 2017 he made his HSBC World Sevens Series debut at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Re-joining Wasps in July 2018 as a Senior Academy player, Callum was an outstanding performer in both the 2018 and 2019 Wasps Premiership Sevens sides that reached the competition finals, scoring eight and nine tries, respectively. He also featured heavily in the 2018/19 Premiership Shield competition, scoring 11 tries in 10 appearances and earning promotion to the Wasps’ senior squad for the 2019/20 season.
In September 2019, a week after making his First Team debut in Wasps’ Premiership Cup encounter against Saracens, in which he also scored, Callum was loaned out to Ampthill to aid his overall development. Cruelly, in his very first game for the Championship side he picked up a serious knee injury away to Ealing Trailfinders. However, after a lengthy spell out, on returning to full fitness he in the latter part of the 2020/21 season marked his Wasps comeback with a hat trick in an ‘A’ Team friendly against London Irish.
Callum, whose father Amit played for London Welsh in the 1980s, has also served short loan periods with Richmond, Nottingham and, in 2020/21, Coventry.
Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle, who sees Callum as a highly talented young player with much to offer, has commented:
Now fully recovered from his injury, Callum is an exciting new signing for us. He certainly has all the attributes, did well in a short but positive spell at Coventry on his return, and from his past record is a proven try-scorer.
We have a talented back three but the addition of Callum, who is principally a winger but could also play full-back, will add more to the mix and I am looking forward to seeing his future development.
Keen to make an impact and impress in Cornish Pirates’ colours, Callum said:
I am delighted to be joining the Cornish Pirates for the upcoming season, and truly grateful for the opportunity am looking forward to working with an ambitious group of staff and players.
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.