McAtee in action for Redruth against Clifton in November 2011
McAtee in action last Saturday for Cornwall against Hertfordshire – Photos Simon Bryant
Former Cornish Pirate Rhodri McAtee has signed for National League 2 South Redruth for next season.
McAtee who last season played for Plymouth Albion in the RFU Championship has signed for the Reds on a player/coach basis.
McAtee has previously spent periods on loan at the Redruth club and has always thrilled the Redruth crowd with his pace and play. The Welsh Whippet is a crowd pleaser and his pace has brought Rugby World Cup 7’s honours with Wales.
McAtee, 29, says “I’ve been looking forward to signing a lot – I came for a couple of game before and really liked it here, and the other players are great, so I’m very happy to be back.”
Regarding his coaching role, Rhodri is looking to tap into his long experience of professionalism. “I’ll be hoping to help move the team on, bringing with me what I’ve picked up over the last 10 years or so.”
McAtee’s has been enjoying playing for Cornwall this month, being part of the team who defeated Hertfordshire to book a place at Twickenham on Sunday, but he won’t be joining the 12 other Redruth players at the headquarters of English rugby.
Redruth’s Director of Rugby Adrian Edwards is delighted at McAtee’s arrival, saying “He complements the excellent squad we already have and he’ll bring his skills from a professional environment to Redruth Rugby.”
A firm favourite at the Mennaye many Pirate supporters were sorry to see Rhodri depart the far south west at the end of last season.
McAtee’s wealth of experience will be invaluable to the young Redruth backs as the side looks to build on last season’s encouraging fourth place finish in the league.