Cornish Pirates in Guernsey link-up
The Cornish Pirates have linked-up with Guernsey RFC and the Guernsey Sports Commission in a bid to explore the potential of sporting talent in the Channel Islands, writes Dick Straughan.
Following the signing last week of teenage England Under-18 wing Luke Jones, Pirates head coach Ian Davies explained he may not be the last signing the club makes from across the English Channel.
“We have spoken to Jeremy Frisk at the Guernsey Sports Commission and the idea is to see if we can be a professional partner for rugby providing help on and off the field,” he said.
“It is possibly an un-tapped seam of talent but we aim to explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned. If they have suitably talented players let us see if we can help them.”
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Davies admitted that there had been a few eyebrows raised at Championship rivals Jersey following the news but stated that there was no intention to cause friction.
“A few of the ex-Pirates (now at Jersey) have expressed surprise but we haven`t done this to ruffle feathers in Jersey,” he said.
“We have fantastic links with Truro College and Guernsey were very keen on this because it is also a potential chance for their best sporting youngsters to be educated in mainland UK”.
Davies, CEO Josh Lewsey and Head of Sales, Marketing & Communications Steve Davies are due to visit Guernsey next month.