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Cornish Pirates test out battlefield skills at RAF training day

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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The Cornish Pirates were put through their paces at RAF St Mawgan

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They may be better known for their prowess on the sports field than battlefield, but that didn’t stop the Cornish Pirates testing their skills at a military-style training day at RAF St Mawgan recently.

The 45-strong rugby team were put through their paces by the physical education team at the only Royal Air Force base in the South West near Newquay.

The day’s schedule included a mix of physical and leadership challenges, and a full session with laser weapons with the RAF Regiment team,

Ian Davies, the Pirates Coach said the day was of great value and concentrated on core values of leadership, teamwork, problem solving and concentration.

He said: “We obviously prize these principles in rugby, but having an opportunity to test the guys outside of their own environment made for an interesting day – and helped identify some new potential from unexpected areas.

“It was no surprise to see such synergy between the military training and rugby training”

Corporal Sam Hunt said: “The Cornish Pirates visit to RAF St Mawgan was a huge success and has solidified a fantastic working relationship.”

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