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4:54pm 15th August 2014
(Updated 4:54pm 15th August 2014)

The Cornish Pirates pledge to move to Truro within the next two years.

Rugby bosses have been setting out their plan to secure the club's future.

Also on the list ... staying in the Championship, balancing the books and building more community links.

It is six weeks since the new board took over. New chairman Ian Connell told Pirate FM: "If we want to retain professional rugby in Cornwall at the top echelon we have to be in an area where we can attract higher attendances and an area where we can attract bigger sponsors

"The vast majority of the current support will recognise the business imperative of playing in Truro and during the next two years one of the tasks will be to prepare the ground for that transition.

You can hear the full plans here:



The Pirates' first pre-season game kicks off at The Mennaye on Saturday against Rosslyn Park.

Our boys are expecting a tough game from the side that narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship.

Their head coach is former England lock Alex Codling there who has a mix of gifted youngsters and proven experienced campaigners on his books.

Backs Mark Ireland and JJ Kilmartin have worn the Pirates' colours, as has lock James Inglis who skippers their side.

Director of rugby Ian Davies said: "It's about us; it's about what we want to do. It's our first real test. No offence to St Austell and Guernsey but this is probably two levels up from what we've experienced before and I think you could have an exciting game."

He added what he will be looking for: "Work rate - that's a non-negotiable for us. It's an 80 minute game and we got to be able to work for those 80 minutes and then that desire to either defend or attack with purpose. That's something that we lacked in the last two years is that attacking edge so hopefully we'll score some tries and entertain the crowd."

The line-ups for Saturday are as follows:-

Cornish Pirates:   15 Sam Marland, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Rheon James, 11 Alex Ducker, 10 Kyle Moyle, 9 Tom Kessell; 1 Paul Andrew, 2 Aaron Carpenter, 3 Adam Jamieson, 4 Will Carrick-Smith, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan (c), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Laurie McGlone.

Replacements:   Tom Channon, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Will Graulich, Jake Parker, Joe Atkinson, Matt Bolwell, Stuart Townsend, Bertie Hopkin, Alex Dancer.
Director of Rugby:   Ian Davies

Rosslyn Park:   15 Charlie Gower, 14 Robbie Martey, 13 Dante Mama, 12 Courteney Morrison,
11 David Vincent, 10 Thomas Whelan, 9 Luke Carter; 1 Aaron Liffchak, 2 Adam Bellamy, 3 Sam Staff, 4 James Inglis (c), 5 William Bowley, 6 Gregor Gillanders, 7 Harry Broadbent, 8 Michael McFarlane.

Replacements:   Scott Wright, Richard Palframan, Alex MacKenzie, Richard Boyle, Jamie Harries, Sam Shires, Hugo Ellis, Jack Gash, James John Kilmartin, Dominic Shabbo, Mark Ireland, Kiba Richards, Charles Broughton, Peter Cole, Anthony Hitchcock.

Head Coach:   Alex Codling

4:54pm 15th August 2014

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