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Rugby: Cornish Pirates news round-up (Feb 21)

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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Moseley's home game in the Greene King IPA Championship against the Cornish Pirates, which was originally scheduled to be played on Friday 7th February, will now take place this coming Friday 21st February. The kick-off at Billesley Common will be at 7.30pm.

Should Chris Morgan play for the Pirates against Moseley, then it'll mark the Bristol-born flanker's 150th appearance for the club.

Educated at Millfield School, Chris played for England Schools 18 Group alongside players the calibre of Olly Barkley and James Simpson-Daniel, as well as the late Nick Duncombe, and in 2001/02 he proudly made his Premiership debut for Bristol 'Shoguns' against Wasps.

Now aged 32, he first played for the Pirates back in 2005/06, on loan from Bristol. Making a handful of appearances he made his debut away to Bedford Blues, and then, after a couple of years with Newbury, he signed a full-time contract with the Pirates for the start of the 2008/09 season..

During his time with the Pirates 'Morgs' has been a fully committed and outstanding contributor, as all supporters would agree. It is a view also confirmed by the club's Director of Rugby, Ian Davies, who has commented:

"Chris has been a warhorse for the Pirates, and for me it is no coincidence that most of our best performances come when he is in the team. Week in week out he puts his body on the line....let's not forget he played 60 minutes in the Championship semi-final at Bristol with a displaced fracture of his forearm!”

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Cornish Pirates v Jersey

The next home game for the Cornish Pirates will be a Greene King IPA Championship encounter against Jersey, to be played at the Mennaye Field on Sunday 2nd. March (ko 3pm).

Besides the ticket office, which is open Mon-Fri from 9am-12 noon ONLY, tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.cornish-pirates.com, plus they will be available at the gates on the day, which will be open at 1pm for the previously mentioned 3pm kick-off.

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A former captain of England, Bill Beaumont, who is the present Chairman of the RFU, will be the guest speaker at 'An Evening With Bill Beaumont' event to be held in the impressive new entertainment marquee at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, on Saturday 1st March.

This event promises to be a most memorable evening, in the presence of a rugby legend, who is also a very amusing and highly entertaining speaker, and it is being organised by the Friends of Cornish Rugby, who support the game in Cornwall and support seafarers' charities.

The evening starts at 7pm with a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous three-course meal.

Following the meal there is the chance to win a prize from the evening’s raffle, before sitting back to enjoy the main act. However, It doesn’t stop there though, for as a finale there will be an Amazing Auction where those present could bid to secure one of many sought after lots, which will include an £8,000 holiday in Africa from Hemingways. The compere for the night will be former Pirate and BBC presenter Andy Birkett.

The evening is priced at £45 per head or £40 per head for Cornish Pirates sponsors, committed shareholders and season ticket holders.

The dinner will be arranged in tables of ten and the dress code is black tie and posh frocks. Proceeds will go to the Cornish Pirates and the RNLI.

To book, email friendsofcornishrugby@gmail.com, or visit www.cornish-pirates.com

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Royal Air Force St Mawgan – the best, but sadly, the only RAF Base in the South West, last week hosted the Cornish Pirates, including support personnel, who arrived for a day’s military-style training organised by Corporal Sam Hunt. A member of the Station's physical education team, Sam first connected with the Pirates at a series of annual ‘Beach Fitness’ events held at Watergate Bay last summer.

The day's schedule included a mix of physical and leadership challenges, requiring perhaps more brains than brawn in the gym, and a full session with laser weapons with the Royal Air Force Regiment team, led by Flight Sergeant Dan Boswell, the Station's own ‘man-mountain’ – who did look surprisingly small amongst the Pirates!

Ian Davies, the club's Director of Rugby, commented:

“The day was great value, and, as expected, concentrated on core values of leadership, teamwork, problem solving and concentration. We obviously prize these principles in rugby, but having an opportunity to test the guys outside of their own environment made for an interesting day – and helped identify some new potential from unexpected areas. It was no surprise to see such synergy between the military training and rugby training.”

Simon Raynes, Strength & Conditioning Coach, added:

“The day at RAF St. Mawgan was excellent in both its organisation and content. Corporal Sam Hunt and Corporal Giles Penn, along with FS Dan Boswell had laid out a series of events that were both challenging and stimulating along with a fantastic hot lunch all delivered with (not unexpectedly) military precision! They had taken on board that we didn’t want it to be too physically strenuous, with our match against London Welsh coming up, and focussed on tactical and strategic challenges which were thankfully inside, and given the harsh weather of late, that was most welcomed!!

“It was an excellent break from training in the mud and rain and allowed us to see how the boys thought and behaved in a different environment. Some of the younger lads found their voices which was a great result, but also there were many lessons from the military that we can apply to rugby and to get them laid out in that environment made the message all the more relevant. We are very thankful for the opportunity to use the base and hope to continue this relationship.”

Corporal Sam Hunt said: “The Cornish Pirates' visit to RAF St. Mawgan was a huge success and has solidified a fantastic working relationship.”

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A former Pirates player, Geoff Lawrey, who is nowadays a keen supporter and volunteer groundsman at the club, has enjoyed a dream trip to New Zealand where in Wellington in last week he and members of his of his family were able to watch two more former Pirates, Phil Burgess and Chris Cracknell, play for England in the fifth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Geoff, his wife Val and son Paul dressed in suitable Pirates attire to watch the rugby, where England came fourth, and yet another former 'Pirate' tapped Geoff on the shoulder saying “Are you from Cornwall?”. The ex player concerned was Tim Cowley who immediately took the opportunity to send everyone at the Pirates his best wishes!

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The England 2015 Organising Committee last week launched ‘The Pack’ – the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015.

‘The Pack’, made up of 6,000 volunteers, will be the faces of the tournament, helping to deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 across England and in Cardiff. In line with the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015, ‘The Pack’ will have rugby at heart recruiting 75% of the volunteers from rugby clubs in England and Wales.

In addition, ‘The Pack’ will bring 1,500 potential new volunteers into rugby through a national campaign, with the aim of retaining them beyond 2015 as part the tournament’s legacy.

Volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the six week tournament with a range of roles including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding which will all vary in duration.

Recruitment will begin on March 17 through an online application process. Over 2,000 RFU and WRU clubs will nominate between one and two of their members to join ‘The Pack’, and take part in selection events (‘Try Outs’) across England and in Cardiff throughout 2014.

Members of the general public can register their interest in joining ‘The Pack’ from today at www.Rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers and details will be sent directly to all those signed up to The Front Row – the official newsletter for Rugby World Cup 2015 (www.Rugbyworldcup.com/frontrow).

The application process will be open for one month between March 17 and April 17, followed by ‘Try Outs’ from June-December, with successful members of ‘The Pack’ confirmed in early 2015.

* 6,000 volunteers will join ‘The Pack’- the volunteers for Rugby World Cup 2015

* 75% of volunteers will be recruited from rugby clubs in England and Wales

* ‘The Pack’ will also give members of the public, who are new to the game of rugby, the chance to be part of the tournament

* England Rugby 2015 will recruit volunteers who are interested in supporting the game beyond 2015 as part of its legacy

* Applications open March 17, 2014 and close April 17, 2014

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