Pirates head north for cup clash with Dundee High
For their second match in this season's British & Irish Cup competition, the Cornish Pirates will make a rare incursion north of the Scottish border on Saturday.
Awaiting their visit at the Mayfield Playing Fields for the first ever meeting between the two teams will be Dundee High, one of Scotland's most historic and famous clubs.
Number 8 Laurie McGlone will have the honour of skippering the Pirates, who welcome back Grant Pointer on the wing. Elsewhere Tom Bedford moves into centre and Jack Nowell is named at full-back.
Changes in the forwards from the team that started against Carmarthen Quins last weekend sees returns to the starting line-up for Phil Burgess and Ben Maidment, who form the flanker pairing, and there's a fresh front-row trio in Ben Prescott, Jack Yeandle and Paul Andrew.
Jim Wigglesworth, a 19 year-old wing/full-back who is on loan from Hull RUFC and has played for England Counties, is named on the bench.
Former Cornish Pirates lock forward, Ian Nimmo, currently playing for Newport Gwent Dragons, spent time at Dundee High and says he owes a debt of gratitude to the club's coaching system for making him the player he is today.
Nimmo feels it remarkable that two teams so close to his heart are to play each other in the British & Irish Cup, but was dimplomatic when asked which team he'd be supporting:
"I haven't a clue", he said, "so I'll look forward to an excellent, exciting game and a great rugby occasion in Dundee."
For supporters unable to make the 600 miles plus journey to Dundee on Saturday, it is confirmed that BBC Radio Cornwall will once again be providing live coverage of the game from 3pm.
Cornish Pirates: J. Nowell, G. Pointer, A. Cheesman, T. Bedford, B. Mercer, A. Penberthy, T. Kessell, L. McGlone (capt), P. Burgess, B. Maidment, D. Barry, D. Lyons, B. Prescott, J. Yeandle, P. Andrew.
Replacements: R. Storer, D. Semmens, P. Joyce, G. Johnson, R. Coote, T. Riley, J. Wigglesworth