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Cornish Pirates' newest rugby star swaps the farm for the beach

Callum Patterson joined Cornish Pirates in June Photo: ITV News

The new rugby season kicks off this weekend and the Cornish Pirates are hoping to continue an unbeaten run stretching all the way back to February.

They kick off their campaign at home to Doncaster on Sunday, with some new arrivals looking to make their mark, including a former sheep farmer from Ireland, who is now loving life in Cornwall and eager for the first game to get underway.

25-year-old centre Callum Patterson signed from Ulster back in June, and says it was a difficult decision to make the move.

Callum Patterson joined from Ulster Credit: ITV News

I left the farm and my family, which I was very close to, so it was a big move. Hopefully it will pay off for me. My father has taken a bit more responsibility and I've got two brothers back home who have had to step up as well. So it's all in safe hands I hope.

– Callum Patterson
The Pirates start their season on Sunday Credit: ITV News