News that lock Damien Cook had announced his immediate retirement from rugby has rocked the rugby world in Cornwall.
The popular Cook, a mainstay of the Cornish pack in recent seasons, was made captain of his club Redruth this season, taking over from Chris Fuca.
Cook played for Cornwall on twenty-four occasions over a nine-year period.
He made his county debut in Cornwall’s 30-0 win over Devon at Penryn in the Tamar Cup in February 2004 and made his County Championship debut as a replacement in Cornwall’s 41-13 win over Middlesex at Redruth that May, whilst playing for the Hayle club.
Soon after he moved up the road to Redruth and the start of a long a fruitful chapter in his rugby career.
He would go on to play in three county finals 2013, 2014 and 2015, having previously played in the under 20 final loss to Hampshire in 2002.
The Bill Beaumont Cup success last May was to prove the crowning moment of his county career.