Cornish Pirates’ coaches Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver were so pleased with their team’s superb 46-29 points win away to Doncaster Knights at the end of October, that they rewarded the players with a full week off.

On Monday, however, which followed a weekend when there was no game, it was back to training, but with a difference, as the squad met up on the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy.

Surrounded by breath taking views, and providing a fun element to refresh bodies and minds, the players played football and touch rugby before enjoying pasties from Philps, the local baker.

Alan Paver said, at the end of the day: “Our visit to the dunes provided a wonderful outing for the lads. We decided to sample the best of what Cornwall could offer, so we were on the beach kicking a football around, playing touch, and building sand castles.

“The Cornish pasties went down a treat and it was a lovely day, with thanks expressed to Adrian ‘Spade’ Edwards who suggested the idea and also helped us organise the visit.”

Cornish Pirates next play Hartpury RFC at home this Sunday in the league, at 2.30pm.