Four more gifted young rugby players have been added to the Cornish Pirates squad, reports Cornish Pirates’ Media Office Phil Westren. They are fly-half/utility back Sam Marland, fly-half Oliver Snook, hooker Dean Brooker, and back-rower Brad Howe. Brief profile details on each are as follows:-
This 21-year-old back represented Cheshire Under 16s and was a member of the Myerscough Academy in Preston. He has played in Italy, firstly for Aironi’s Academy and then last season in Romagna Rugby Football Club’s senior side.
From North Yorkshire, Oliver, who is aged 20, formerly played for Otley Under 17s and then their senior side, and he has also gained experience playing two years in New Zealand. Based in Christchurch he represented Christchurch Old Boys in 2013, and then Marist Albion in 2014.
Aged 20, Bristol-born Dean was educated at Colstons School. He had two years playing at Hartpury College under the guidance of Alan Martinovic and then spent a season with Ealing Trailfinders. His honours include having played for South West Under 20s, whilst he has also featured for Gloucester Academy and for London Wasps Academy.
PHOTO – BRAD HOWE IN ACTION FOR CORNWALL UNDER 20’S AGAINST DEVON LAST SEASON AT PENRYN
Of the players named Brad, who is aged just 18, is the only one who joins as a member of the recently announced Player Development Foundation, which was introduced by the Cornish Pirates to ensure that such players have an opportunity to see their potential fully developed here in Cornwall. Educated at Helston Community College and at Truro & Penwith College, Brad has played for Cornwall Under 20s and for the Exeter Chiefs Academy.
Commenting with reference to the latest squad acquisitions, the club’s Director of Rugby, Ian Davies, said:
“All four lads have impressed during their trial period with us and will be welcome additions to the squad.”