The Cornish Pirates have announced that lock forward Will Carrick Smith has joined them on a dual-registration agreement with Exeter Chiefs.
Wandsworth-born, the 6'11” forward should be a useful addition to the squad, as Neale Patrick has recently joined fellow injured locks Gary Johnson and James Sandford on the sidelines. Neale should be back to fitness soon but both Gary (who hasn't played since September) and James are likely to be out for the remainder of the season.
Carrick Smith, 21, made his Chiefs debut in an LV= Cup encounter away to London Welsh in November 2012 at the Kassam Stadium, and to mark the occasion he touched down the first of his two tries scored in four LV= Cup appearances made for the Chiefs last season.
As well as gaining further experience in the A League, the former Blundell's School pupil and England U19 international has also gained experience in the Championship playing for Plymouth Albion and for London Welsh, while he played last summer for the Randwick club in Australia, where former 'Pirate' and 'Chief' Wade Kelly is Head Coach.
Cornish Pirates Director of Rugby Ian Davies said: “With the second row injury situation we are grateful to the Exeter Chiefs in helping us out again.
"Will is obviously a big lad and we will be able to give him some game time until the end of the season.”