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'Paves' to be a player-coach

Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach with the Cornish Pirates Credit: The Cornish Pirates

The Cornish Pirates long serving prop forward Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach.

The 36 year old known as 'Paves' has amassed 310 games for the club, inlcluding playing in the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks.

Director of Rugby Ian Davies says:

"_Alan has always had a leading input with the scrummaging here at the Pirates but now this role will help him expand his focus to other parts of the team... at some point he may realise there are other players on the field other than just front rowers! "

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Third straight Premiership win for the Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs and the Cornish Pirates both won tonight.

It's now three Premiership wins out of three for the Exeter Chiefs.

Rob Baxter's men were 18 - 16 winners at Sale tonight, thanks to six penalties from Gareth Steenson.

And in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates have bounced back after last week's heavy defeat by winning 16-8 at home to London Scottish. Thomas Kebsel scored two tries for the Pirates.

Pirates owner to sell up

Cornish Pirates owner Dicky Evans has announced that he'll be handing over control of the club by the end of this season.

Evans led the Championship side into the professional era but 20 years on, the 67-year-old will now sell to a consortium of 100 share holders. He will continue to personally invest sponsorship money.

His ambition of taking the Pirates to the Premiership has been held up with Cornwall not having a stadium fit for the top-flight.

A new stadium in Truro has been granted planning permission and is due for completion in 2017 - but still requires funding.

Pirates fans calling for a stadium for Cornwall at the Championship final last year

You can read Dicky Evans' full statement here.

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