Islands’ Youngsters To Train With Cornish Pirates

Some of the Cornish Pirates players arriving yesterday.

Some of the Cornish Pirates players arriving yesterday.

A 49-strong party from the Cornish Pirates Rugby Club arrived on the Scillonian yesterday for a four-day visit to the islands.

And the players who don’t have the strongest ‘sealegs’ didn’t have much time to recover before they had to start training youngsters in the rain on The Garrison.

It’s the Pirates second extended visit to the islands.

Scrum half and player coach Gavin Cattle says coordinating travel and accommodation arrangements for such a large group has been a “massive effort.” But he says the team have been looking forward to their trip.

The players helped local children aged between 5 and 15 develop their ball skills on St Mary’s yesterday.

This morning there’s was a tag rugby session at school and after 2pm today, any youngsters, local or visiting, can catch up with the club at Tresco’s cricket pitch.

Tomorrow they’ll train on St Martin’s.

Gavin says Scilly sometimes gets forgotten and it’s important to maintain the links.

And he says the team wanted to share the excitement of the Rugby World Cup this year with our islands’ youngsters.

Mermaid landlord Nick George has encouraged the Pirates to come on this second training visit.

He started the Scilly event last year. He established close contacts with the club from his work as a publican on the mainland.

Nick says everyone is welcome to the off-island training today and tomorrow.

Pirates Forward Laurie McGlone is pleased to be back. He says the team sees Scilly as their home area because of our strong Cornish connections and the players were keen to come over and engage with islanders.