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Cornish Pirates confirm interest in new rugby stadium

Rugby player in stadium
Image caption The council said having a stadium would economically benefit Cornwall

A rugby team in Cornwall has written to the council outlining its interest in a feasibility study for a new stadium.

The Cornish Pirates owner Dicky Evans has offered to cover the costs of running a new stadium for 10 years as part the club's attempt to reach rugby's Premiership.

It says its preferred location for a stadium would be Threemilestone.

Cornwall Council said it had no formal position, but acknowledged the plan could have economic benefits.

Last year it said that no public money would go towards the building of a stadium because of spending cuts.

Rod Coward, the Pirates chief executive officer, told BBC News: "We've sent the council a letter outlining our interest in the stadium and how we would see it working."

Update: An earlier version of the story said that plans had been submitted for a new rugby stadium. After clarification with the club and the council, the story has been amended.

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