- Gavin Cattle announced as RFU Championship XV captain
- Pirates skipper to lead team on Saturday at Castle Park
Photo: Brian Tempest
Cornish Pirates skipper and RFU Championship stalwart Gavin Cattle has been chosen to lead the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks at Castle Park on Saturday.
In what will be a first for the RFU Championship, a select XV will take to the field against the Maori All Blacks and will be led by the Cornish Pirates scrum-half.
Having initially joined Pirates in 2004, Gavin spent three years in Penzance before a brief spell in Wales with Llanelli Scarlets. Upon his return to Cornwall in 2009, the thirty-two year old was immediately re-installed as club captain, leading the Pirates to victory in the inaugural British & Irish Cup final. In the two seasons that followed, Cattle charged his team to two consecutive RFU Championship finals.
Born in Wales, Cattle has resided in England for 12-years, making him eligible for English Qualified Player status. He has previously played for RFU Championship side Rotherham Titans as well as Birmingham & Solihull and Orrell, before making his Pirates debut against Pertemps Bees in 2004.
"It’s a huge honour to lead the RFU Championship XV side" - Cattle
Commenting on his selection as RFU Championship XV captain, Gavin said:
“I was told about the captaincy this morning and am obviously delighted to have been chosen. It’s a huge honour to lead the RFU Championship XV side, particularly against a team like the Maori All Blacks.
"I’ve been involved in the RFU Championship for quite some time now and have seen the standard of rugby rise considerably, especially over the past four years. The squad Mike, Ian and Diccon have selected reflects the quality on offer in the competition and I’m confident the boys will put in their best possible performance to showcase the league.
“Whilst the players will be used to lining-up against each other for their respective teams, this is about coming together to represent our league as one and I know all the players will share that mind-set. I’m just looking forward now to heading up to Doncaster and meeting up with the squad.”
The RFU Championship Xv will face one of the most iconic moments in sport on Saturday when they face the Timatanga Haka, which recounts the Maori view of creation from the void to the present.
“It will definitely be an experience I won’t forget," said Cattle. "I imagine it will be a pretty intense moment but we’ll make sure to use that feeling to fire us up and inspire us on the pitch. It’s something we’re all looking forward to.”
RFU Championship XV v Maori All Blacks, Saturday November 17, Castle Park, KO 1205. www.drfc.co.uk