Pirates bolster squad with two new signings ahead of big kick-off
The Cornish Pirates have confirmed the signing of two more players ahead of their opening game in the Greene King IPA Championship, a double header contest against Bristol at Exeter's Sandy Park on Sunday (3.30pm).
James Tincknell and Kieran Davies have been training with the squad this summer and both featured in pre-season friendlies.
Tincknell, 25, is a wing/centre, who made a remarkable comeback to playing after suffering serious injuries in a car crash in February, 2011. The accident left him in a critical condition and in a coma for three weeks, but he thankfully made a remarkable recovery and later that year returned to action for Leeds Carnegie and deservedly received the Blyth Spirit Award from the Rugby Players' Association.
Prop forward Davies has signed on a dual registration agreement with Exeter Chiefs. Born in Devon, the 19-year-old played his early rugby at Sidmouth and later at Ivybridge Community College. He has played for Exeter 'Braves' in the Premiership 'A' League, besides enjoying a spell on loan at Taunton.
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James Tincknell profile:
DoB: 13th Aug 1988
Height: 6' 4” (1.93m)
Weight: 16st 7lbs (105kg)
Honours: England Counties
Growing up in the small town of Cockermouth in Cumbria, James was gifted at both cricket and rugby, and before concentrating on the latter was part of Durham cricket's academy system.
Making a rugby mark with Wharfedale in the 2009-10 season, he scored 15 tries and was also selected to play for England Counties.
A move to then Premiership side Leeds Carnegie gave James a chance to develop his game but in February, 2011, when returning to Leeds from a weekend at home, he suffered serious injuries in a car crash caused by freezing fog and rain. Indeed, his situation was critical and he was in a coma for three weeks and later had to learn how to walk again.
Showing determination James made a remarkable recovery and returned to action for Leeds for the start of the next season, and it was of no surprise that he was awarded the Blyth Spirit Award by the Rugby Players' Association.
To help him in his comeback, James had a loan spell at Wharfedale at the end of 2011-12 season and he then joined Doncaster Knights in October, 2012.
A leading performer for the Knights, who were relegated at the end of last season, in the summer of 2013 James came on trial and trained with the Cornish Pirates. His continued determination saw him impress, as he did when making his debut for the club in the pre-season triangular tournament against the Cornish All Blacks and St Austell at Launceston.
He scored two tries on the day, was a try-scorer at Worthing the week after, and then impressed further in the match against mighty Saracens, played at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London.
Kieran Davies profile:
DoB: 2nd Dec 1993
Height: 6' (1.84m)
Weight: 16st 6lbs (106kg)
Honours: England U16s, England U19s Development side
After training with the Cornish Pirates during the summer of 2013, it was confirmed at the end of August that Kieran had signed for the club on a dual-registration agreement with Exeter Chiefs.
Born in Exeter, Kieran played his early rugby for Sidmouth, working his way up through the age groups from under 7s level. He attended Sidmouth College at 15 and went to Ivybridge Community College.
Kieran's aim at Ivybridge was to benefit from the rugby academy there. He captained his age group side and also played for England under 16s.
Early in 2012 he signed for the Exeter Chiefs Academy, and he was also further honoured when selected for the England U19s Development side.
During his time at Sandy Park, Kieran has also played for Exeter 'Braves' in the Premiership 'A' league, besides enjoying a spell on loan at Taunton.
He made his debut for the Cornish Pirates in the pre-season triangular tournament played against the Cornish All Blacks and St Austell at Launceston.
* Meanwhile, London Welsh have signed former Cornish Pirates centre and fly half Tom Luke on a short-term contract.
Luke, 30, returned to Doncaster Knights for a second spell in 2011 and last season also took on the role of skills coach.
Scarborough-born, Luke has substantial Championship experience having played for Bristol while attending Bath University and also for Bedford and Doncaster (2007/08), as well as spending two seasons in Italy, before returning to Castle Park after three seasons at the Pirates.
* READ MORE: Find your eight-page Cornish Pirates season preview supplement in this week's Cornishman and West Briton.