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Pirates name Gavin Cattle skipper
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that scrum-half Gavin Cattle will captain the side again this season.
Aged 33, this will be inspirational Gavin's seventh season as skipper, and it will be an appointment that will again come as no surprise. Under Gavin's leadership the Cornish Pirates won the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham in 2007 and also emerged as the first winners of the British & Irish Cup in 2010. Added to those successes, whilst under his helm the Pirates also reached the twin-legged finals of the RFU Championship in both 2011 and 2012.
Speaking with reference to Gavin remaining as captain, Head Coach Ian Davies said:
"Although we've had a large turn over of players over the summer Gavin remains as captain as he is proven leader and has been an inspirational captain on so many occasions.”
Ian added:"It is important too that we have as many leaders as possible on the field so we will look to others to captain the team during the season to gain that leadership experience.
"Although Gavin is the appointed captain he still has a battle on his hands for the number 9 shirt with Tom and Mike pushing hard over the pre-season."
On Tuesday Gavin attended the Greene King IPA Championship season launch that took place at St. Margarets Pub & Dine in Twickenham.
The Greene King pub played host to all 12 captains from the second tier of professional rugby, as well as former England and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson, now in charge at Bristol Rugby.
Having secured a title sponsor in Greene King IPA, the Championship is set to begin its most exciting season to date. Continuing to lead the way in innovation, having debuted Ref Cam, half-time interviews and changing room access in the second tier, the Championship and Sky Sports extend their partnership to include 18 games this season.
Speaking at the launch, RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew said:
"Only five years ago, we were launching the first season of the Championship at Twickenham, signalling a new second tier of professional rugby. Now we are approaching the fifth season of the competition and under a new sponsor in Greene King IPA.
"The Championship continues to produce exciting young talent, and we have seen a number of those players go onto the international stage, with the 2013 British & Irish Lions and England U20s Junior World Championship squads both claiming Championship players. It is clear to see the positive impact the second tier of professional rugby has on the game in this country.”