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Cornish Pirates snap up Redruth

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

By dick straughan

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REDRUTH forwards Owen Hambly and Tom Duncan have been signed by the Cornish Pirates have to bolster The Championship club's pack.

The pair will train with the Pirates but be loaned back to the Reds for the remainder of the season, and it is seen as an important step in the long-term development of the Pirates squad.

A Redruth sokesman said: "We are pleased that the two will get the well deserved opportunity to further their rugby careers and are delighted that they will both be returning to us on loan."

Talents

Pirates head coach Ian Davies explained: "They are two good talents and we always make sure when we look to sign a player that the person we have in mind can improve us as a squad."

"Owen is likely to go straight into our British & Irish Cup squad to play Swansea on Sunday as Phil Burgess needs a weekend off, while Tom will also feature at some point."

Hambly, 25, can operate as either a hooker or flanker and previously made six appearances for the club during the 2006-07 season.

Capped at England Counties and England Youth level he has also played for Truro and Launceston but has forged his reputation as a mobile ball-carrier in the formidable Redruth pack. Twenty-two-year-old Duncan is described by Davies as "an outstanding prospect" and the Pirates coach added that they moved to sign him partly because "it was important to keep him in the area."

A back-row forward by trade and billed by some at The Rec as "the new Mark Bright", Duncan made his debut for Redruth in 2009 and has scored ten tries already this season.

Ian Davies added: "We have struggled with intensity levels in training for our forwards this season simply because we have a much smaller squad.

"It's been hard to get enough numbers on the pitch for the crash and bash live contact sessions. Redruth have got some very good players. We have already signed Peter Joyce but there is also the likes of Darren Jacques. The only thing is we have got enough props at the moment."

Redruth return to league action at Southend this Saturday, while Camborne aim to extend their 100 per cent home South West One West record against Paignton.

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