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Pirates trio set to take on Maoris

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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THE Cornish Pirates will be well represented on Saturday when a RFU Championship XV faces the touring New Zealand Maoris at Castle Park, Doncaster (12.05pm).

The appointment of Pirates boss Ian Davies as a member of the coaching team for the Championship side was confirmed several weeks ago, but now it has been announced that three members of the Pirates squad will join him in Yorkshire for the game.

Davies will act as an assistant to Bedford Blues' Mike Rayer, alongside Diccon Edwards from Leeds Carnegie.

Pirates skipper Gavin Cattle, prop Alan Paver, and flanker Phil Burgess have also been called up.

Brilliant

Davies said: "It's going to be brilliant. I'm really chuffed that I have got a chance to coach the side and the three boys really deserve their selection.

"It's fantastic that we get the chance to play against the Maoris who, let's be honest, won't be a bad team."

Pirates skipper Cattle, who will captain the team, said : "It's a massive honour and it will be a massive game. I think it will be a bit more physical than our win over Rotherham but with getting back to fitness myself I haven't had a lot of time to think about it yet.

"We've got a good little crew travelling from here and obviously myself and Paves (Alan Paver) have been close for a number of years so it will be the highlight of our careers.

"Phil's (Burgess) excitement showed against Rotherham so hopefully he can do the same again on Saturday."

Experience

He added: "We have only got a short time together so I don't know if the team is pre-selected or if it will be down to impressing in training, but I just want to enjoy the experience and hope it will be a good advert for Championship rugby."

The NZ Maoris have travelled with a 26-man squad led by Bay of Plenty's Tanerau Latimer and are playing three games on their autumn tour.

It began on Tuesday night against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and after playing the Championship XV they finish on Friday November 23 against Canada at Oxford University's Iffley Road ground.

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