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Cornish Pirates RFC
Westholme
Alexandra Road
Penzance
TR18 4LY | map
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Tel: 01736 335312

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The Cornish Pirates (Penzance and Newlyn Rugby Football Club) were founded at the end of World War II following the amalgamation of former rivals Penzance RFC and Newlyn RFC. The origins of these teams can be traced back almost to the earliest known origins of the game in Cornwall. In 1870 the first known game of ruby in West Cornwall took place between a team from Marlborough School and the Eastern Telegraph Company. A few years later in 1876 Penzance RFC was born, followed in 1894 by the formation of Newlyn RFC. The two teams decided to merge on the resumption of fixtures following the end of World War II, presumably as a result of a loss of team members during the war. During the fifties and sixties, the team were one of the more respected teams in the land, hosting some of the country's finest teams in front of big crowds in Penzance. The team has seen a steady rise since being in the Cornwall and Devon League in the early days of the English League structure. Many promotions later, they now find themselves challenging in the upper section of the National League Division One, just one step away from the top flight of English Club Rugby.


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