THE latest new signing confirmed by the Cornish Pirates on a one-year contract is that of Bulawayo-born wing/centre Matt McNab, writes Phil Westren. 

Growing up in Zimbabwe, for whom he has made five international appearances, Matt has attended Hartpury University and played for Hartpury RFC in the Championship, besides having been on loan at Worcester Warriors and having represented Zimbabwe Goshawks in the Currie Cup competition.

Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle, who is looking forward to welcoming Matt to the Mennaye Field, has said: "Matt is someone who can give us that physical presence in the backline.

"A proven and powerful wingman in the Championship, to provide some flexibility he can also comfortably play at ‘13’.

"Still only 25, Matt is also a player who can again develop his game further and I am very much looking forward to working with him."

Falmouth Packet: Pirates Ams start their trainingPirates Ams start their training (Image: Phil Westren)

The Pirates Amateurs also held their first pre-season training on Friday evening, when there was a good turnout.

A barbecue also followed thanks to the efforts of certain stalwarts, including David Pascoe, Jack Nicholas, and Jody Marr.

Training will now take place each Tuesday and Thursday evenings, whilst ahead of their 2023/24 Counties 1 Tribute Western West league campaign there are two home friendlies lined up - against Truro on Friday, August 18 and versus Hayle on Friday, August 25.