Welsh Premiership side Aberavon have announced the capture of two of the current Cornish Pirates squad on short-term loan deals, writes Dick Straughan.
Centre Rheon James, who hails from nearby Carmarthen, and Number 8 Tom Duncan have both moved to the Principality for what Pirates head coach Ian Davies describes as “a few weeks”.
James, 21, joined the Pirates last summer from Carmarthen Quins and has also represented the Barbarians and Wales at Under-20 level in the 6 Nations and World Cup.
Truro-born Duncan signed for the Pirates from Redruth in December 2012 but has had limited first team opportunities due to injury.
He returned to action two weeks ago against Ayr in the British & Irish Cup after a long lay-off with an ankle problem and played again in Belfast against Ulster Ravens last Friday.
Aberavon are currently bottom of the Welsh Premiership and have moved to strengthen their squad ahead of Saturday`s crucial relegation battle with Swansea, also bringing in former Cornish Pirates and St.Ives fly-half Ceiron Thomas.
Their Chairman Andrew John commented: “We are delighted to welcome both Tom and Rheon to the Wizards and as a club are very grateful to the Pirates and Ian Davies in particular for helping to facilitate this, we hope they enjoy their time here.”
In other news Dave Ewers, still currently a dual-registered player with the Pirates and Exeter Chiefs, has today signed a two-year contract extension with the Sandy Park outfit.