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Three More Sign For The Pirates

03 July 2012

  • Darren Barry and Darren Semmens head for the South West
  • Tom Bedford transfers from Newcastle Falcons
Bristol lock Darren Barry joins the Cornish Pirates

Photo: RFU Archive

The Cornish Pirates can confirm the names of three more players to have joined their squad for the 2012-13 season.

There are two forwards, both with the Christian name of Darren - lock forward Darren Barry and hooker Darren Semmens - who have put pen to paper, plus another back in the shape of centre/wing Tom Bedford.

22-year-old Darren Barry make the trip down the M5 to Penzance from Bristol Rugby, where he rose through the ranks as an academy player. With spells at SSE National League 2 South side Clifton RFC also under his belt, the 6' 6" tall youngster is a player of considerable potential.

Hooker Semmens, who hails from St. Just, is well-known locally in the far South West. Aged 24 and having started his senior career playing for Mounts Bay, in recent seasons he has played mainly for the Cornish All Blacks and also for Redruth.

Bedford joins from 2012-13 Championship contenders Newcastle Falcons, but but has strong West Country links. Born in Exeter, he made his Exeter Chiefs debut at the age of 17 and later played for Bedford Blues in the Championship before joining the Falcons.

Commenting on the club's latest signings, CEO Rod Coward said:

“We believe that all three players will prove to be excellent additions to our squad and that, once again, the Cornish Pirates will be a force to be reckoned with in both the Championship and the British & Irish Cup.”