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Cattle marks 200th appearance for Cornish Pirates tonight
The successful and inspirational skipper of the Cornish Pirates, Gavin Cattle, is scheduled to make his 200th appearance for the club at home on Friday evening.
Aged 33, Gavin is leading the club for a remarkable seventh season, and it is fitting that the Pirates will be playing profile representatives from Ulster Ravens, for what is also this season's opener in the British & Irish Cup. Visits in the recent past by teams from both Munster and Leinster have provided extra tinges of excitement and expectation, and with Gavin about to reach his milestone this will be added to still further on Friday. The kick-off is at 7.45pm.
The Cornish Pirates side welcomes back Matt Evans to fitness. He takes up his accustomed wing spot with Kieran Goss moving to full-back, and there are welcome starts for prop Kieran Davies and lock Will Graulich. Having been injured in the pre-season triangular tournament at Launceston, prop Shane Cahill will be raring to go when he comes off the bench, as will flanker Joe Atkinson and prop Peter Joyce who have been on loan at Bournemouth and Taunton respectively. The full Cornish Pirates selection is as follows:-
Cornish Pirates: 15 Kieran Goss, 14 Mike Pope, 13 Junior Fatialofa, 12 Rheon James, 11 Matt Evans, 10 Angus Sinclair, 9 Gavin Cattle (capt), 1 Kieran Davies, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Ben Prescott, 4 Will Graulich, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan, 7 Joel Conlon, 8 Aaron Carpenter.
Replacements: Shane Cahill, Peter Joyce, Joe Atkinson, Jake Parker, Alex Cheesman, Kieran Hallett, Craig Holland.
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU) Assistants: Andrew Pearce & Chris Sharp
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Gavin Cattle – a brief profile:-
Having featured in the mightily impressive Orrell team that won 48-12 at the Mennaye Field in October, 2003, Gavin notching one of their seven tries scored in the match, the Pirates were both delighted and fortunate to welcome him aboard in 2004
Gavin spent three successful seasons with the Pirates, culminating in him captaining the team to victory against Exeter when the EDF Energy National Trophy was won at Twickenham in April, 2007. As we all know, he then departed for Llanelli Scarlets, before making his return in 2009 when he was again given the captain's armband. The Pirates would end the 2009-10 season as first ever winners of the British & Irish Cup after beating Munster 'A' in the final at Camborne, and in the two seasons that followed, again under his helm, the Pirates impressed many by reaching the twin-legged finals of the RFU Championship.
Honours in general, besides his regular selection in Rugby Times and The Rugby Paper 'Dream' XVs, include being nominated as an Olympic torchbearer, and also skippering the RFU Championship side that played the Maori All Blacks in November, 2012.
To everyone who knows him, Gavin is an honest and inspirational figure who has a 100% work ethic, and all will congratulate him wholeheartedly when he reaches his 200 games milestone.
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Cornish Pirates Ticket information - Supporters should note that the ticket office is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 12 noon, unless the Friday is an actual match day (as it is this week) when, as with any match day, it is closed. Tickets will though be available at the gates - also for more general information including bookings tickets on-line, please visit www.cornish-pirates.com