Cornish Pirates Update

This Sunday’s home game for the Cornish Pirates – kick-off 2.30pm against London Scottish - has added importance after their scheduled game away to London Welsh last Saturday was cancelled. Following certain results of other games that were played during the weekend the Pirates have now dropped to seventh in the league table.

A defeat for the Cornish Pirates on Sunday versus fifth-placed ‘Scottish’ would naturally be a dent to the season’s aspirations, however a win could perhaps see the side make it into the top four – and that, of course, is the ultimate aim for April. It would be a great achievement to be involved in the end of season play-offs and, as ever, enthusiastic support always helps.

Tickets for this Sunday’s game will be available at the gates on the day, whilst in advance they can be purchased either through the ticket office, telephone 01736-331961, or on-line. The ticket office is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 12 noon. For further information please visit

To book pre-match hospitality, please contact Robyn Ashurst, telephone 01736-335318 or email

In tandem with Harlequins the Cornish Pirates can confirm that that tight-head prop Tyler Gendall has signed for the Premiership club with immediate effect for the rest of this season.
Harlequins’ Director of Rugby, John Kingston said:

“With the long term injury to Will Collier, and as Kyle Sinckler will be absent from the squad due to his international commitments, we require extra cover at prop.

“I am really pleased to be able to bring someone with Tyler’s ability into the squad at such short notice and I’m looking forward to seeing his impact in the coming months.”

Speaking highly of 22-year-old Tyler, on behalf of the Cornish Pirates his Coach Alan Paver has commented:

“For Tyler to have this opportunity to move up to the next level is thoroughly deserved. His development over the last three seasons has been outstanding and this year he has been a real rock in our pack.”

Alan added:

“Everyone associated with our club will wish him well.” 

The Cornish Pirates are very pleased to announce that forwards Dan Lee and Marlen Walker have put pen to paper.

Back-rower Dan made his first appearance for the Pirates in August, 2014, the former Ivybridge College and Exeter Chiefs Academy member having previously played for Plymouth Albion and for Barnstaple.

Injuries hampered his early development here in Cornwall, however when back to fitness he displayed obvious potential and has made a real impact this season.

As for Auckland-born Marlen, after joining the club from Weston-Super-Mare in January, 2015, he soon after made his debut as a replacement in a memorable 45-38 points win against Bristol.

A former New Zealand Secondary Schools player, Marlen has worked hard in the set piece and is always keen to run with ball in hand. A hat-trick scorer at Rotherham last season, he reached the 50 games milestones for the Pirates in the Championship win against Nottingham on New Year’s Eve.

Commenting with reference to confirmation of these first two signings, a delighted coach Alan Paver said: "Confirming such news early in the year is always good. Both Marlen and Dan have been an integral part of our recent development as a team, and we have witnessed the progress they and others have made through their hard work and commitment.”

Will was joined on the phone by Phil Westren from the Cornish Pirates an update which you can hear below.