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Cornish Pirates take on Aberavon

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:03am 23rd August 2014.

The Cornish Pirates take on Aberavon.

They are travelling to Port Talbot for their third pre-season friendly.

They are currently on a winning streak having beaten Guernsey and Rosslyn Park.

Now they are hoping to finish higher in the league this year.

The Pirates first played Aberavon at home way back in 1947, when they lost 14-0. They also played the famous Welsh side away on the 'Welsh Tour' in 1959, and lost again, 11-8.

They have newly signed Devonian Dan Lee.

Aged 21, and keen to make a return to playing at Championship and Cup level, Dan is a former Plymouth Albion player who last season played for Taunton after recovering from a serious knee injury.

Welcoming Dan on board, the Director of Rugby, Ian Davies, said: "Dan impressed with his attitude during his short trial period with us. He has signed on a two-year deal but will most likely spend the majority of this season back at Taunton where he will be under the watchful eyes of Tony Yapp and Chris Brown.

"We are pleased to strengthen our working relationship we established with Taunton last season. In Tony and Chris Taunton have a quality coaching team so I'm comfortable to see players moving in both directions."

He also tells us he is hoping for a better season.

He said: "We've set up a player development foundation, which is trying to give an opportunity to young Cornish players, and also players outside of the county, to experience professional rugby, there aren't a lot of clubs that can do that, and we're trying to give them that professional rugby for them.

"If we can keep the core players on the path, we should have more consistency in performance and we should be able to kick on, if they aren't on the pitch then we're going to have the same problem we had last year, new guys to the championship, new guys to the intensity of the environment, we'll be sinking or swimming really."

The team includes:

15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Alex Ducker, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Rheon James, 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Laurence May, 9 Tom Kessell; 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Tyler Gendall, 4 Will Carrick Smith, 5 Will Graulich, 6 Chris Morgan (c), 7 Joe Atkinson, 8 Laurie McGlone.

Replacements:   Dean Brooker, Ben Trevaskis, Brad Howe, John Stevens, Todd Lowry, Jake Parker, Alex Cheesman, Tom Riley, Sam Marland, Bertie Hopkin.

The Pirates first played Aberavon at home way back in 1947, when they lost 14-0. They also played the famous Welsh side away on the 'Welsh Tour' in 1959, and lost again, 11-8.

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