^ As part of the extensive league restructuring by the RFU for the 2009–10 season, National 1 was renamed as the RFU Championship. ^ League position is taken from 1st stage only. The 2009–10 RFU Championship was divided into three stages; the Pirates finished 6th during the 1st stage (main league), and then 3rd in their promotion group during the second stage, failing to qualify for the playoff semi-finals. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2009–10 RFU Championship. ^ As with the previous season, the 2010–11 RFU Championship was divided into three stages.
 ^ a b Ospreys lock James Fender is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.  ^ a b Saracens prop Harvey Beaton is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.  ^ a b c d e f g h Seven Exeter Chiefs players are dual-registered for the 2022-23 season.  Notable former players Notes ^ Note that Pirates are missing 3 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2000–01 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 1 home attendance out of 13 during the 2001–02 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 6 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2002–03 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 3 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2003–04 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 1 home attendance out of 13 during the 2004–05 season.
cornish-pirates. com The Cornish Pirates (Cornish: An Vorladron Gernewek) are a professional rugby union team who play in the Championship, the second level of the English rugby union pyramid, and are the premier Cornish rugby club. Formerly known as Penzance & Newlyn RFU, the Cornish Pirates play and train at their home ground, the Mennaye Field in Penzance. History At the end of the 2004–05 season the Pirates finished in 4th position in National Division 1 which at the time was their highest league position since owner Dicky Evans became president and just three places below Premiership rugby status.
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Pirates remain a solid RFU Championship side, their lowest finish since being 9th in 2015–16, with highs of 3rd in 2010–11 and 2011–12. These 3rd-place finishes resulted in Pirates qualifying for the promotion play-offs. In 2010-11 Pirates beat London Welsh in the semi-final 18–10 at the Mennaye Field before succumbing to Worcester Warriors in the final over two legs, 12–21 at home and 25–20 away, 46–32 on aggregate, resulting in Worcester's promotion back to the Aviva Premiership. The following season the Pirates again won their semi-final, beating Bristol over two legs, 45–24 at home and losing 29–18 away, resulting in a 63–53 win on aggregate.
Pirates again however lost in the final, this time to London Welsh, losing 21–37 at the Mennaye and 29–20 away from home, 66–41 on aggregate. Following these highs, Pirates did not finish in the play-off places again, finishing between 6th and 9th in the subsequent seasons. They returned to the top four in the 2017–18 season, finishing 4th, however a restructure to the league for that season had seen the play-offs abolished, with 1st place being promoted to the Premiership automatically.
Pirates finished 3rd in the first stage, then 1st in their promotion group (second stage) to qualify for the playoffs. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2010–11 RFU Championship. ^ Pirates finished 3rd in the first stage, then 2nd in their promotion group (second stage) to qualify for the playoffs. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2011–12 RFU Championship. ^ The competition format for the 2012–13 RFU Championship changed to a main league stage, with the top 4 sides contesting the playoffs. ^ The competition format for the 2017–18 RFU Championship and onward was changed to a standard league, with the playoffs discontinued.
In 2005 the Pirates moved away from their home at The Mennaye in Penzance, first to Kenwyn Rugby Ground, near Truro, and then to Camborne Recreation Ground. In examining the options it had been viewed as imperative to increase the support base which led to a difficult decision for Dicky Evans and the supporters of the Pirates, as to whether the team should relocate to another site to play their home matches or not. The questions, concerns and sentiments arising from the proposals were thoroughly debated in the clubhouse and elsewhere.
Joe Beardshaw wins line-out ball for the Pirates against Plymouth Albion Following a highly successful 2005–06 season, (when crowds were increased and the Pirates finished 3rd in Division 1), it was decided to relocate again and over the next two seasons the Cornish Pirates played their home rugby matches at Camborne RFC's recreation ground.
Red background will be relegated. Updated: 25 January 2023 Source: "The Championship". England Rugby. Current squad The Cornish Pirates squad for the 2022–23 season. [a][b][c][d] Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality. Player Union Will Crane Hooker England Morgan Nelson Wales Max Norey [d] Olly Adkins [a] Prop Jack Andrew Harvey Beaton [c] Matt Johnson [d] Hayden King Marlen Walker New Zealand Steele Barker Lock Will Britton James Fender [b] Lewis Pearson [d] Cory Teague [d] Josh Williams Joe Elderkin Back row Alex Everett Will Gibson Jarrad Hayler Seb Nagle-Taylor John Stevens Rusi Tuima [d] Olly White Bear Williams Ruaridh Dawson Scrum-half Scotland Tom Kessell Alex Schwarz Harry Bazelgette Fly-half Arwel Robson Rory Parata Centre Ireland Garyn Smith Shae Tucker Tommy Wyatt [d] AJ Cant Wing Arthur Relton [d] Callum Sirker Robin Wedlake Carwyn Penny Fullback Will Trewin ^ a b Gloucester prop Olly Adkins is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.
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^ Note that Pirates only played 8 home games (out of 11) during the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. ^ Bonus points had been used in National 1 since the 2003–04 season but would not be introduced to the lower leagues until much later. As this was the highest level the Pirates had reached, 2003–04 was the first season the club would experience bonus points. ^ First season that the club would be known as the Cornish Pirates. Prior to this they were Penzance-Newlyn.
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