By Phil Westren
Deservedly ending 2016 in party mode – which followed two excellent wins in the Greene King IPA Championship - there was no fixture for the fifth-placed Cornish Pirates this past weekend.
A next league game is scheduled away to London Welsh on the last Saturday in January, as the focus for the next two weeks sees a return to British & Irish Cup action.
First up this Saturday is an important away game against Ospreys Premiership Select, to be played at The Old Parish ground, Maesteg (ko 2.30pm). Then, on Saturday week, the 21st January, it is a home encounter versus Connacht Eagles, who will be making a first time visit to the Mennaye Field (ko 2pm).
Unbeaten London Irish presently top Pool 3 with 19 points. As for the Cornish Pirates and Ospreys PS, who have each won two and lost two games, the Pirates are second with 10 points and Ospreys third with nine. Winless Connacht Eagles lay at the foot of the table with just one point to their name.
At the end of the Pool Stage the highest ranking club in each Pool shall be the Pool winners, and they, together with three best runners up across the five Pools, will be the teams to proceed to the quarter-finals.
Tickets for the game versus Connacht Eagles 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 www.cornish-pirates.com/tickets
To book pre-match hospitality, please contact Robyn Ashurst, telephone 01736-335318 or email
Will was joined on the phone by Phil Westren from the Cornish Pirates on Monday's Morning Show for an update on the Pirates' recent matches and bit of a mid season review. You can hear the full interview with Phil below.