The Cornish Pirate’s final game of the season at the Mennaye against Jersey (won 28-24) was also the swansong for many of the current squad.
Amongst those know to be moving on is prop forward Paul Andrew a local lad who has made tremendous progress whilst being at the Pirates.
The former Cornwall U.20 star and indeed past Trelawny’s Army U.20 player of the year has signed for Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors for next season.
After the final whistle against Jersey, Paul gave us his thought’s about his time at the Cornish Pirates and his impending move to England!
“I’ve got so many good memories to take with me from my five years here. Two RFU Championship finals and of course a British & Irish Cup final win over Munster at Camborne, I’ve seen some good boys come and go during my time here but as a proud Cornishman it’s been a real privilege to play for the Cornish Pirates. I shall miss so many of the players and people involved with the club who have become firm friends. I am moving on for now, but who knows maybe in the future I could get a chance to return”!
Despite being signed whilst former coach Richard Hill was still in charge, Paul knows he will have to impress new coach Dean Ryan the former Gloucester coach and SKY pundit.
“Next season is going to be a big challenge for me, hopefully I can make an impact up there and break into the squad, but I am really excited by the prospect. Dean Ryan is coming in up there, he’s well-known and been part of the SKY team analysing rugby for them and this season was involved with Scotland during the Six Nations. He knows the game inside out and I am looking forward to learning from him and taking my game to the next level.
Paul won’t be alone if he fancies a group round for a pasty supper”.
“I will be joining a little Cornish group up there with centre Josh Matavesi –the Flying Cornish-Fijian – and former Pirate flanker Sam Betty who hails from just outside Truro, but I am sure after a few weeks I’ll be settled in at my new club and raring to go”.