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Cornish Pirates make eight changes for British and Irish Cup

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

Cornish Pirates make eight changes for British and Irish Cup

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The Cornish Pirates have made significant changes to their starting line-up for tomorrow's British and Irish Cup match against Swansea.

Kyle Marriott has returned to full fitness and will lead a Pirates side that shows eight alterations to the one that beat Nottingham in the Championship last weekend.

Tom Kessell is named at scrum-half, Sam Hill and Tom Bedford form the centre pairing, and JJ Kilmartin, who was a replacement against the Green & Whites, starts on the wing.

In the forwards, Ryan Storer and Peter Joyce are the prop pairing, Darren Barry is named at lock, and Joe Buckle gets his third start for the club on the open-side flank.

Listed among the replacements is forward Owen Hambly, who joined the Pirates from National League Two South side Redruth this week.

The Pirates, who after two games are presently top of Pool Three in this season's British & Irish Cup competition, have played third-placed Swansea on four previous occasions at the Mennaye Field. The first was in 1946 and the last in 1955, and the Pirates have yet to record a win against them.

A strong Swansea team also played a Pirates President's XV at the Mennaye in 1989, winning 64-10. Wales international full-back Mark Wyatt scored a hat-trick and also kicked six conversions in the match.

This fixture is a round three match in this season's British & Irish Cup competition, and for this game ticket prices for the terraces or open seating are favourably reduced – just £10 for adults and concessions, and free for under-16s.

Cornish Pirates: Davies; Kilmartin, Bedford, Hill, Mercer; Hallett, Kessell; Storer, Elloway, Joyce; Lyons, Barry; Tyas, Buckle, Marriott (capt). Replacements: Andrew, Semmens, Paver, McGlone, Hambly, Cattle, Cheeseman.

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