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Pirates bring back Cook on loan from Gloucester to face Albion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

Full-back Rob Cook will start against Albion picture: Simon Bryant/Pinnacle

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The Cornish Pirates have signed full-back Rob Cook on loan from Aviva Premiership club Gloucester.

Cook, 28, comes straight into the Pirates' starting line-up for their Championship clash with Plymouth Albion at Mennaye Field tomorrow.

The Pirates lost versatile back Grant Pointer to injury after he dislocated his shoulder against Jersey last weekend.

Cook had been an important member of the Pirates' squad since joining from Nuneaton in April 2009.

The Lincoln-born back scored 363 points last season to take his total for the club to 1,029 in three seasons.

Head coach Ian Davies made arrangements with his opposite number at Gloucester, Nigel Davies, during the week following talks over the summer.

Ian Davies said: "When Rob went up to Gloucester, I spoke to Nigel Davies last summer and we discussed that we would be happy to take Rob back at any time to give him some game time if he needed it.

"Nigel had seen that Grant Pointer dislocated his shoulder last weekend, so he was expecting the call from us this week. He said we could have Rob this week so we took him with open arms.

"The boys only found out this morning when Rob walked into the room and they were all very happy.

"He had three terrific years at the Pirates and will be good to see him in a Pirates shirt again."

The Pirates will announce another new addition to their squad this afternoon.

Nat Saumi, meanwhile, says his Albion team can go down to return from Cornwall with a win this weekend.

Albion only managed one victory on their travels last season – at London Scottish in the relegation play-offs.

They have also not returned from Cornwall with any league points since drawing 17-17 with the Pirates in April 2008.

But Saumi feels his team can change that record on Sunday on his first trip back to his former club as Albion's head coach.

"I am looking forward to going down there," said Saumi, who still holds a number of Pirates club records.

"It's my first time in charge against them. Hopefully, it will be a good day."

He added: "It would be great for me as a former player going back there if we did win. I just hope the boys play well and come up with something.

"There is a mentality now that playing away is just playing rugby on another playground.

"On Sunday the team just have to go down there, play and enjoy it and hopefully come out with a result."

Saumi knows the Pirates will be up for the game with it being their first home match of the new season.

"You always want to win your first home game for the supporters," he said.

"For them it is their first home game, but we will be there and trying our best to make it hard for them."

Albion are certainly due a win down in Cornwall.

Saumi added: "They have been running all over us for a few years now [down there], I hope come Sunday for a different result. It is up to the boys what they deliver on the day."

Cornish Pirates: Cook; Bedford, Riley, Fatialofa, Evans, Hallett, Cattle (capt); Andrew, Elloway, Prescott; Lyons, Johnson; Marriott, Burgess, Maidment. Replacements: Storer, Semmens, Morgan, Barry, Kessell, Penberthy, Cheeseman.

Plymouth Albion: Messer; McAtee, Bailey, Armitge, Arnott; Roberts, Rowley; Andrew, Vickers, Fairbrother; Beukeboom, Stephen (capt); Stupple, Hocking, Carpenter. Replacements: Cushion, Bowen, Fisilau, Morton, T Cowan-Dickie, Nasiga, Ascroft-Leigh.

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